Chris Aslan Alexander

Silky last lecture of series

The final lecture of the series courtesy of Spalding Gentlemen’s Society is set to be a silky affair.

It’s been a fantastic few weeks of talks by expert at the Broad Street Methodist Church with more than 100 having attended each one.
The current run closes this Friday (March 22) with a talk entitled Unravelling The Silk Road by Chris Aslan Alexander.
The lecturer, author and adventurer was born in Turkey and grew up in war-torn Beirut.
After school, he spent two years at sea before studying media and journalism at Leicester University.
He subsequently moved to Khiva, a desert oasis in Uzbekistan, establishing a UNESCO workshop reviving 15th century carpet designs and embroideries.
He fell in love with this desert oasis boasting the most homogenous example of Islamic architecture in the world.
A spokesman for the SGS said: “Three textile roads tangle their way through Central Asia. The famous Silk Road united east and west through trade.
“It conjures images of the exotic and the unknown.
“Most travellers simply pass along it.
“While writing a guidebook, Chris found life at the heart of the glittering madrassahs, mosques and minarets of the walled city of Khiva fascinating and has published ‘A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road’.
“All are welcome to attend.”
The lecture will start at 7.30pm.
Admission is £5 per person at the door (there’s no charge for school students).

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