5 Speakers, 15 Minutes Each - November 2022

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Join us in November for an evening of urgent stories on the environment, enigmatic authors, life-changing journeys and triumphant Lionesses

Raynor Winn

Raynor Winn’s new memoir Landlines is a story that begins in fear but ends in hope. As the health of Moth, Winn’s husband, declines, the couple set out to walk the gruelling, remote and stunningly beautiful terrain of Scotland’s Cape Wrath Trail, reflecting on community and the environment along the way. Raynor is the bestselling author of the astonishing, multi-award-winning The Salt Path - released in 2019 - which told the story of another remarkable journey, when nature saved the couple once before. Just days after Raynor learnt that Moth, her husband of thirty-two years, was terminally ill, their home was taken away and they lost their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they made the impulsive, brave decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. 'You feel the world is a better place because Raynor and Moth are in it' - The Times

Suzanne Wrack
A Woman's Game

Suzanne Wrack is the Guardian and Observer’s women’s football correspondent; the first person to hold this role at a national newspaper. In A Woman's Game, she explores the history of women’s football from the Victorian era – with players in high-heeled boots – to the present day. It is the story of a rise, fall, and rise again: from the game’s first appearance in England in the late nineteenth century; through the incredible teams which at their height in 1920 drew 53,000 spectators to Goodison Park; to its 50-year ban in the UK and, finally, to England’s triumphant summer of 2022.

Gail Whiteman
Arctic Basecamp

Gail Whiteman is an expert on global risk arising from the systemic changes occurring in the natural environment. She is Professor of Sustainability at the University of Exeter’s Business School and founder of Arctic Basecamp, a team of Arctic experts and scientists who, for the last five years, have brought their Arctic-based research to the World Economic Forum annual meeting at Davos. In so doing, their aim is to call for action from global leaders to apply responsive and responsible leadership to address global risks from Arctic change.

Lucy Worsley
Agatha Christie

Lucy Worsley’s new biography, Agatha Christie, is a fascinating exploration of why an internationally blockbusting author preferred to present herself as a retiring Edwardian lady of leisure. During her lifetime, Christie went surfing in Hawaii, loved fast cars and was intrigued by the new science of psychology, which helped her through devastating mental illness. So why pretend she was ‘just’ an ordinary housewife? Lucy Worsley OBE is Chief Curator at the charity Historic Royal Palaces and also presents history documentaries for the BBC. Her bestselling books include Queen Victoria, Jane Austen at Home, A Very British Murder and If Walls Could Talk. In 2019 her BBC One programme Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley won a BAFTA.

Guy Shrubsole
The Lost Rainforests of Britain

Guy Shrubsole is a writer and environmental campaigner. He has worked for Rewilding Britain, Friends of the Earth, the UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture. He has written widely for publications including the Guardian and New Statesman. His first book, Who Owns England?, was an instant Sunday Times bestseller.