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Tuesday 27 January 2015 from 6.45pm - 'The History of Paper' with Alex Monro & an early celebration of Chinese New Year celebrations

Chinese New Year 2015
Chinese New Year 2015

Join us to celebrate Chinese New Year early with special Guest Speaker, Alex Monro, on 'The Paper Trail' 
The Paper Trail tells the story of paper,a simple Chinese invention, has wrapped itself around our world, with history's most momentous ideas etched upon its surface. From the time of its emergence in classical China 2,000 years ago, paper has allowed ideas, religions,philosophies and propaganda to spread around the world with ever greater ease. It was sufficiently simple to produce and cheap to acquire that it enabled books to be mass-produced and to travel, not simply across large distances but also down the socio-economic scale. It also enabled an ongoing dialogue between communities of scholars who could engage easily with one another's ideas across continents and years, sparking more regular moments of scientific and artistic brilliance.

The Paper Trail traces the westward voyage of this ground-breaking invention; beginning with the Buddhist translators responsible for the spread of paper across China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. It describes the theologians, scientists and artists who used paper to create the intellectual world of the Abbasid Caliphate, and journeys with the missionaries and merchants who carried it along the Silk Road. Paper finally reached Europe in 1276 and was indispensable to the scholars and translators who manufactured the Renaissance and Reformation from their desks, feeding not only change in the arts and theology, but in politics too, as politics became a subject more widely read about and understood.Paper created a world in which free thinking could flourish, and brought disciplines from science to music into a new age: the paper age. Paper still surrounds us in our everyday lives - on our desks, wrapping our food, in our wallets. It has become universal, and also supremely disposable. But for the first time in its history it is losing ground globally to a serious rival

About Alex Monro - Alexander has worked for the Times in London and Reuters in Shanghai, and contributed chapters to two books, one on travel and the other on China. He has also edited two travel poetry anthologies, including China: City and Exile. The Paper Trail (Penguin, 2014) is his first full-length book.

Venue: Golden Phoenix, 37-38 Gerrard Street, London W1D 5QB. Cost £25 for Members and £30 for Non Members + paypal fees.

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