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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 27th Sep 2010
The Union Chapel
Lemn Sissay's thoroughly energetic and exhilarating seven minutes transports the audience into the mind of a man who at the age of eighteen discovered he did not know his real name. Fostered as a child social workers ignored his mother's pleas for his return. Lemn Sissay's poetry reflects on the meaning of identity, belonging and on how we care for vulnerable children. But here is his backstory. It is deeply inspirational.
Andrew Parker is a Professor at the Natural History Museum in London. In his 2003 book In the Blink of an Eye, Parker proposes that the Cambrian Explosion, the sudden diversification in animal fossil forms at the start of the Cambrian Period, was due to the development of the vision faculty and the consequent intensification of predation. His 2006 book, Seven Deadly Colours, describes the variety of methods of producing colour that have evolved in nature, and their implications for animal lifestyles. Parker is also an agnostic. His 2009 book The Genesis Enigma argues that the Book of Genesis is surprisingly accurate and in accord with science. This caused him to conclude that the author of Genesis might have been inspired by God, although his work since demonstrates a neutral stance on religion.
Ruby Wax is a well known TV personality, actor and has been an active voice in the battle against mental illness. Ruby Wax has completed an MSc in Psychotherapy. Ruby and her friend Judith Owen wrote a show called, “Live from the Priory” which was performed at the actual Priory. It toured NHS institutions for the following two years and later became the hit show Losing It. She has since founded the website The Black Dog Tribe, which is a forum on which people with depression can meet: http://blackdogtribe.com.