Lewes Speakers Festival 2018

From the 20th to the 22nd July 2018 at The All Saints Centre in Lewes, The Lewes Speakers Festival brings together some of the most exciting speakers in the UK.

• Angela Eagle and Imran Ahmed, the shadow minister/ chair of Labour’s NEC and political advisor to senior Labour politicians respectively, talk about the new serfdom in British society.
• Lt General Ben Hodges, former Commanding General, US Army in Europe, is interviewed by Dr Andrew Monaghan about defence and collective responses to Russian foreign policy.
• Dr Diane Atkinson, the specialist in women’s history, tells the story of the suffragettes.
• Professor A C Grayling, the celebrated academic, explains why democracy has failed in the UK and the US and what we can do to put it right
• Florence Gaub, the senior analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies, tells the story of NATO’s mission in to Libya in 2011.
• John Crace, the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer, satirises Theresa May’s first year in office, coining the term ‘Maybot’ for her personality.
• Philip Collins, the former chief writer of Tony Blair’s speeches and columnist for the Times shows us how the right speech at the right time, can change the world.
• Salley Vickers, the analytical psychologist and author of ‘The Cleaner of Chartres’, tells the story of Sylvia Blackwell who works as a librarian.
• Jonathan Aitken, the former cabinet minister and prisoner, explains how religious belief transformed his life and how he made lasting friendships with other inmates.
• Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the UK’s most brilliant military historians and thinkers, describes how he sees the future of war.
• Dharshini David, a former presenter for the BBC and Sky News, explains economics. She does this by following the passage of a dollar round the world.
• Vicky Pryce, the former Chief Economist at KPMG and Director General for economics at the department for Business, Innovation and Skills, explains why women need quotas.
• Professor Ali Ansari, an expert on Iran, gives an introduction to the country and its present dilemmas.
• David Fraser, a former senior probation officer and criminal intelligence analyst, describes how Britain’s reliance on alternatives to imprisonment allows all types of violent crime to flourish.
• Humphrey Hawksley, the BBC correspondent, explains the struggle over the China Sea and the strategy of Chinese expansion that may threaten another serious international conflict.
• Professor Edzard Ernst, who is a specialist in Complementary Medicine, explains how ‘so-called alternative medicines’ and therapy can be dangerously misleading and harmful.

To book tickets and for more information, please go to http://www.lewesspeakersfestival.com or ring the Booking Line on 0333 666 3366