The Marriage of Music and Art
ROSL's activities in both music and the visual arts stretch back decades, with the Annual Music Competition celebrating its 66th year in 2018, and our programme of rolling exhibitions beginning in the 1980s. With such a rich history, it was decided in 1985 to marry these two, often disparate, forms of artistic expression.
Meet the writers: Caine Prize 2018
Next Wednesday the shortlisted writers from the Caine Prize for African Writing will be here at ROSL, and we will have the chance to hear extracts from their shortlisted stories. The evening will be chaired by Maggie Orford, a South African journalist, and author. Following the event there will be a chance to meet the authors and talk about their work over a complimentary glass of wine.
Conquering the Mountain
This year’s Winter Paralympics and Commonwealth Games have put para sports centre stage, but does the positive portrayal of para-athletes at the elite level filter down to society at large? In the latest edition of Overseas, Mark Brierley find out how one small Canadian town is making sure it does.
Summer Ball Celebrates Brontë
On Saturday, the clubhouse was transformed into the haunting Wuthering Heights, family home of Catherine Earnshaw and her adopted brother Heathcliff, for our annual Summer Ball.
ROSL Welcomes Riverley Primary School for Music Workshop
In a new departure for ROSL we were pleased to welcome 25 schoolchildren from Riverley Primary School in Leyton on Friday to participate in a workshop with Kabantu, winners of the Mixed Ensembles prize in the 2017 ROSL Annual Music Competition.
Happy Eid al-Fitr
Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim members and friends around the world. With the end of Ramadan and the 30 days of fasting, today Muslims will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr, or breaking the fast.
Have Your Say: Caine Prize 2018
The ROSL Readers’ Award is now well underway and the votes have already started flowing in, who will win this year’s inaugural prize? The ROSL Readers’ Award offers members the chance to support African authors by bringing their writing to a wider audience. The ROSL Readers' Award recipient will receive £1,000 as well as a commission to write a short story for our very own Overseas Journal.
A Drink For Every Taste
We all know one of the finest ways to spend a summer's day is sat in the ROSL Garden overlooking Green Park, with one of your favourite tipples in hand. A glass of Pimm's perhaps, a Gin and Tonic, or a glass of wine? Have any of you ever wondered about the history of the drinks you're enjoying and how they are deeply entwined with the history of this city? Well, in August you'll be able to find out more as Dr Matthew Green takes you on a walking tour around London, explaining its history in five drinks.
Looking Back at ROSL News
Since I joined as ROSL Editor in March 2017, I have tried to make sure the website is updated every weekday with news on what is going on at the club and at the branches, the events that have been happening and are coming up, giving you an inside look at the behind the scenes workings of the staff, picking out interesting articles from the Overseas archive, and marking important and interesting anniversaries throughout the year. Hopefully, these daily snippets have kept you all interested.
Happy Birthday Millicent Fawcett
To celebrate the birth of renowned British suffragist Millicent Fawcett, on 11 June 1847, whose statue was recently unveiled in Parliament Square, ROSL looks back at an article she penned for Overseas in 1917 entitled 'When we have the vote'.