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Join us in a pledge to make our world a better place; COVENTRY PEACE MONTH.

Byline: By Samantha Clarke

EVERYONE in Coventry is being urged to fly the flag for peace during the third Coventry Peace Month, which starts this weekend.

Dozens of activities have been lined up throughout the city as part of the event which runs until November 17.

One of the highlights will be a talk from former Rugby School pupil Salman Rushdie, famed for his controversial novel The Satanic Verses.

Rushdie hit the headlines 15 years ago when he became the subject of a fatwa, or death sentence, imposed by Iranian leaders outraged at his alleged blasphemy in the book.

Rushdie, who has also penned several short stories, children's literature, non-fiction books and travel narratives, will discuss his latest work, Shalimar the Clown, at Warwick Arts Centre on Monday.

An exhibition looking at how the Second World War changed people and landscape opens at the Herbert Art Gallery on October 19.

The exhibition, entitled Their Past Your Future, will give visitors the chance to reflect upon the experiences of men, women and children who lived through the war.

Also, to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, museum visitors will have the chance to take a peek at life in the 1940s through talks and workshops.

Traditional and modern songs of peace and justice will form the backbone of a musical evening at The Earlsdon Cottage in Warwick Street, Earlsdon, on October 26.

Visitors will have the chance to take centre stage at the event and proceeds will go to the charity Child Victims Of War.

Next month, former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell OBE will explore the policy of armed conflict from 1914. This will take place on Wednesday, November 2, at St Mary's Guildhall in Bayley Lane.

Cllr Ken Taylor, leader of Coventry City Council, said: "This will be Coventry's third Peace Month and I am really pleased to see the number of different organisations and community groups that are taking part.

"This involvement is more appropriate than ever this year, given the theme Coventry, city of peace and reconciliation, looking at the role of Coventry in the past, present and the future."

He added: "Peace means different things to different people.

"This is reflected in the range of activities taking place with events that range from those which have an international focus to others which celebrate our city's diversity - and from activities that will appeal to children and families, to others for adults.

"This year we are all being encouraged to take a step for peace by making a pledge to do one thing to actively promote peace in Coventry and the wider world."

Events guides are available at city council receptions and local libraries, or on the website www.coventry.gov.uk

Alex's dove will fly over the city A COVENTRY University arts student has designed a dove symbol that will be splashed on dozens of banners to mark Coventry's third Peace Month.

Alexander Smith, aged 20, was invited to design the emblem for the event after producing dozens of illustrations as a volunteer for this summer's International Children's Games.

Now banners showing Alexander's design will be displayed in the city centre for Peace Month.

The third-year illustration student, from Stoke, Coventry, who hopes to become a freelance illustrator, said it was "exciting" to be involved in such a prominent event.

The former Bablake School pupil was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Children's Book Illustration for a book he wrote and illustrated called Pockets earlier this year.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIRST THREE WEEKS' EVENTS

October 15 - November 15

Greetings from Belgrade, Coventry Transport Museum, 10am to 5pm.

October 15

Campaign Against The Arms Trade information stall, Dresden Place, 10am to noon.

Dictionary of Friendship, Coventry Transport Museum, 11am to 4pm.

Joy of Europe concert, Coventry Transport Museum, 7pm.

October 16

Cathedral Eucharist for Peace of Reconciliation, Coventry Cathedral, 10.30am.

Guided peace trail tours, Tourist Information Centre, 2pm.

October 17-22

A Vision Shared exhibition, Coventry Cathedral, all day.

Week of prayer for world peace, Chapel of Unity, Coventry Cathedral, 1.05pm-1.40pm.

October 17

Prayers for Northern Ireland, Chapel of Unity, Coventry Cathedral, 1.05pm-1.30pm.

Salman Rushdie, Warwick Arts Centre, 7.30pm.

October 18

Prayers for peace and reconciliation, Chapel of Unity, Coventry Cathedral, 5.30pm-6pm.

'There can be no peace whilst racism thrives', Indian Community Centre, Cross Road, Foleshill, 7.30pm-10pm.

Park, by the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company at Warwick Arts Centre, 7.30pm.

October 19-November 24

Their Past Your Future, The Herbert, 10am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday.

The Empire at War, The Herbert, 10am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm- 5pm Sunday.

October 22-28

'Peace begins at home', Willenhall, various times and locations.

October 22

Peace Walk, from Multi Faith Centre, within Priory Visitor Centre, Priory Row, Coventry, 10am.

Guided peace trail tours, Tourist Information Centre, 2pm.

October 23

Walk for Wheels, War Memorial Park, 2.30pm.

Welcome! Coventry Peace House, 6pm.

October 24-November 11

A Vision Shared exhibition, Methodist Central Hall, all day.

October 25-October 29

Of all the people in all the world, Warwick Arts Centre, 12.30pm-6.30pm.

October 26

Songs for a better world, The Earlsdon Cottage, Warwick Street, 7.30pm.

October 29

Selling the arms trade, Coventry Peace House, noon.

Peace Stories, St Peter's Community Centre, 2pm.

October 30

Guided peace trail tours, Tourist Information Centre, 2pm.

Service for One World Week, Earlsdon Methodist Church, 6.30pm.

November 1-27

Throne of weapons, The Herbert Art Gallery, 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, noon to 5pm Sunday.

November 2

Every Cloud has a silver lining, Herbert Art Gallery, 1pm.

The Lord Mayor's annual peace lecture, St Mary's Guildhall, 7pm for 7.30pm.

November 3

Peace conference, St Mary's Guildhall, 10am-3pm.

November 5

Christian Aid Market Stalls, Methodist Central Hall, 10.30am-2pm.

Guided peace trail tours, Tourist Information Centre, 2pm.

November 6

DIEC (Divali, Eid and Christmas), a talk, Muslim Resource Centre, 1pm- 5pm.

November 8-12

The Deranged Marriage, Warwick Arts Centre, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm.

November 9

Parachute Regiment Concert, Coventry Cathedral, 6pm.

Hussan and Harry, Belgrade Theatre, 7pm.

November 10

Dove of Peace, Holy Trinity Church, 1pm.

Hussan and Harry, Belgrade Theatre, 7pm.

CAPTION(S):

NEW BOOK... Salman Rushdie will be speaking at Warwick Arts Centre; EXPLORING POLICIES... Martin Bell (left) and city council leader Ken Taylor; EYE-CATCHING... Alexander Smith with his dove design which will be used for Coventry's Peace Month posters.
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