The Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture is pleased to share its February news.

Shelagh McDonald Ghost Gig poster

February was a bumper month for guest speakers. On the LLM Steve Greenfield hosted Andrea Jones (Head of Communications, Sports Grounds Safety Authority), Michael Brunskill (Head of Communications, Football Supporters Association) and long time friend of the School Joe Cannon (Licensing Barrister) on his LLM module. On the LLB, alumni and Centre Associate Fellow Mulika Sannie (Senior Vice President, Kobalt), Alex Harvey (Sheridans), Tom Weir and Serhat Yilmaz (Loughborough University all contributed excellent sessions.

We were also delighted to welcome back Sir Richard Arnold to give his fifth annual lecture, entitled ‘Walter v Lane Revisited (again)’. Almost 100 people attended this excellent online event.

Andrew Smith was appointed Director of the Sustainable Cities and Events, a University of Westminster research community.

We hosted the ninth Ghost Gig on 11 February when we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Shelagh McDonald playing at the University. Find out more about ghost gigs, including all the posters and fanzines from the events so far. In addition, we were delighted that the Xmas Disruption playlist and twitter feed Matt Morrison and Guy Osborn curated was given the Tim’s Twitter Listening Party replay treatment and can be enjoyed on the Lost in Music website. Guy Osborn also appeared in the alumni podcast, Westminster Impact, talking about the Soho Poly and the University’s musical history. 

We contributed two events to the Difference festival, both broadly related to the issue of stop and search powers. Simon Flacks hosted a fantastic interview with Gary Younge and the festival concluded with Matt Morrison compering a new reading of the play SUS, originally premiered in the Soho Poly in 1979, which was followed by a Q&A with Roger Allam from the original cast and Ann Mitchell the original director. We produced a spotify playlist of classic 1979 tracks to complement this latter event.    

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