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March 8, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    (UN)CENSORED: The Banned Books Quiz

    A poster for the quiz


    Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
    Colchester, CO4 3SQ

    (UN)CENSORED: The Banned Books Quiz

    Bring along a pen and your bookish friends and prepare to be shocked by the real and dangerous – and often ludicrous – state of book censorship past and present around the world.

    There are a pair of SONOS Play:1 speakers (RRP £298) up for grabs plus other PRIZES (read ‘prizes’ as ‘books’), following approximately ten rounds of questions. Audience engagement actively encouraged. Heckles only accepted in the form of haiku.

    Led by Saqi Books. Saqi is a 35-year-old London-based, Middle East specialist publishing house. The majority of our works are banned in one or more countries in the Arab world. In 2014 a reader was detained under the Terrorism Act for reading our publication Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline. Saqi remain upbeat about books and intelligent readers: politicians and their policies are another matter.


    Part of Essex Book Festival and Index on Censorship’s UNSPEAKABLE on Friday 8 March: a day of challenging and illuminating conversations, performance, exhibitions and workshops hosted by the University of Essex, that explores historic and contemporary issues of censorship, no-platforming, freedom of speech, and taboos.




    Saqi Books logo


    Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex
    Wivenhoe Park
    Colchester, CO4 3SQ
    01206 873261

    Accessibility at Lakeside Theatre

    Disabled customers who require a carer are entitled to one complimentary ticket with their ticket purchase.

    Wheelchair Users

    Customers who require a wheelchair space are requested to let the Box Office know as far in advance of a production as possible. We are fully accessible from the main entrance. We have an accessibility lift to all floors and we can accommodate up to 4 wheelchair users in the main auditorium and 2 in the studio. There is limited disabled parking at the stage door for Blue Badge holders, please let us know in advance if you require it by calling 01206 873288 or emailing arts@essex.ac.uk. The Valley Road car park opposite Lakeside Theatre has disabled parking bays for Blue Badge Holders. There is a distance of 50 metres on a slight hill between the car park and the theatre entrance.

    Visually Impaired and Hard of Hearing/d/Deaf

    We welcome Assistance Dogs at all performances, please inform us when booking. An infrared enhancement system is available in the main auditorium at all performances. Our system is suitable for use with a hearing aid with a T setting. Please let us know of any requirements you or anyone in your party may have. We will do all we can to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. For more information about access at Lakeside Theatre please email arts@essex.ac.uk or call our office on 01206 873261.