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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 24th Oct 2012
The Wellcome Collection
Louisa Young is a renowned writer of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books – which seems appropriate for someone who grew up in the house where Peter Pan was written. Her 2002 book, The Book of the Heart, was the inspiration behind the first exhibition at The Wellcome Collection in 2007.
Tristram Stuart is a writer and campaigner against food waste. In 2011 he was awarded the Sophie Prize for his contribution to international environmental causes. His prize-winning book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (2009) reveals that Western countries waste up to half of their food supplies, and his theory of 'freeganism' (eating food discarded by others, and recycling) purports that it could feed the world's one billion starving four times over. He set up Feeding the 5000 (www.feeding5k.org), the flagship event of a global food waste campaign where 5000 members of the public are given a free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted. Tristram continues to work with a range of NGOs, governments, and private enterprises internationally to tackle the global food waste scandal, as well as vocalising its moral importance for societies.
Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a writer and cloud-watcher. In 1993, he co-founded The Idler magazine, described by Time Out as 'the world's finest periodical'. In 2004 he founded the Cloud Appreciation Society, and wrote its inaugural publication The Cloudspotter's Guide (2006), which went on to become an international bestseller. His book on the waves that we experience in our everyday lives through the body, through music, colour and those of nature, The Wavewatcher's Companion (2010), was the winner of the 2011 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Writing. famous for cloud watching takes us through the story of waves. Waves surround us and the visible are heavily outnumbered by the invisible. We all know about some types of waves- the waves crashing on the beach or ripples on a pond; Pretor-Pinney looks at tidal waves and Mexican waves but he also manages to bring in microwaves, the beating heart, electromagnetic waves, shock waves and a multitude of surprising and wonderful ideas.
Tim Smit started his career in music, working as a composer and producer for 10 years. What he is best known for, though, is his environmental work, first rediscovering and restoring the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, and going on to co-found one of the world’s most ambitious and stunning horticultural ventures, the Eden Project. He has been awarded a string of honours for his ground-breaking work, and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in 2011.