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library Lecture Programme

Our Library Lecture Programme is different to our Termly Insights talks, these lectures will be held in the library on a Tuesday during Period 7. they are designed to provide an opportunity for students to extend and deepen their knowledge within their chosen subject areas as well as exposure to topical issues.

Tuesday 25th September -  "Drought in South Africa" Martine Sobey

Martine Sobey works as a sustainability and environmental advisor in developing countries. Martine has spent her career advising governments, donors and international financial institutions in Europe, Africa and Asia on environmental issues.  Her areas of expertise include climate change mitigation, adaptation, and low emissions development.  She currently works at 100 Resilient Cities, a programme funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.  In this role, she supports African cities, like Accra (Ghana), Cape Town (South Africa) and Lagos (Nigeria), to build resilience to challenges like rapid urbanisation and climate change.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Geography from the University of Cambridge, and a Master of Science in Environment and Politics from King’s College London. Martine went to Westminster School and studied four A levels (Maths, Geography, Chemistry and Physics).  

Martine has always held a passion for working with the environment.  At Cambridge, her dissertation focused on disaster risk reduction in Thailand in the wake of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Her Masters thesis explored the role of international carbon markets in mitigating climate change. During her career she has worked, for example, for the European Commission on a variety of environmental topics including air quality, nanoparticles and chemicals policy.  Most recently, last week, Martine facilitated a workshop that bought together 40 experts in South Africa, to discuss the drought crisis in the city of Cape Town. 

Tuesday 9th October - How to never give Up! - Emma Kennedy 

Emma is a multi award winning author of ten books, which included two best sellers, a screenwriter and occasional actress. She is only the 6th woman ever to write a BBC1 sitcom (The Kennedys). She has written extensively for children’s television including Dangermouse, Strange Hill High and Waffle the Wonderdog. Acting credits include Hollywood film Notes on a Scandal, Miranda, People Like Us, Goodness Gracious Me, Jonathan Creek. She is part of cult podcast As It Occurs To Me and was the Runner Up World Conker Champion. She also is a Guinness World Record Holder. She won Celebrity Masterchef and Celebrity Mastermind. 



Monday 15th October - "Masterclass" - Frank Turner

Francis Edward "Frank" Turner (born 28 December 1981 is an English folk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke, Hampshire. He began his career as the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, then embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band's split in 2005. In the studio and during live performances, Turner is accompanied by his backing band, The Sleeping Souls, which consists of Ben Lloyd (guitar, mandolin), Tarrant Anderson (bass), Matt Nasir (piano, mandolin) and Nigel Powell (drums).

To date, Turner has released seven solo albums, three rarities compilation albums, one split album and five EPs. Turner's seventh studio album, Be More Kind, was released on 4th May 2018.

Tuesday 6th November - Rhiannon Kempson 

Tuesday 20th November -  "The Extraordinary World of Modern Masters" Chris Christoforu

Chris Christoforou has 38 years of experience as a professional artist, public speaker, photographer, writer and naturalist.

As a public speaker he has given many seminars and lectures on art, natural history and the business of art. He has also written many features for art magazines and books over the years. Chris has gained an international reputation for his wildlife artwork. He sold many artworks at Christie’s and Sotheby’s Art Auction and has many collectors of his fine art in Britain, America, Canada, Australia, Spain, Qatar and Dubai


Tuesday 4th December - " The Pain and the Passion: The privilege of Making a Difference" - Baroness Cox

Baroness (Caroline) Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 and was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005.  She was Founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University from 2006-2013 and is an Hon. Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing.   She was a founder Trustee of MERLIN [Medical Emergency Relief International] and is Founder and President of HART [Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust]. Caroline Cox has been honoured with the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council; the Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the President of the Republic of Armenia; and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa.  She has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Honorary Doctorates by universities in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and Armenia. Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict and post-conflict zones, including the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, the Shan and Chin peoples of Burma. Previously, she visited communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia, helping to establish the International Islamic Christian Organisation for Reconciliation and Reconstruction (IICORR) with late former President Abdurrhaman Wahid.  She has visited North Korea to promote Parliamentary initiatives and medical programmes.

Recent publications include Cox’s Book of Modern Saints and Martyrs (with Catherine Butcher); This Immoral Trade: Slavery in the 21st Century, with John Marks and The Very Stones Cry Out, The Persecuted Church: Pain, Passion and Praise, with Benedict Rogers.

Two biographies have been published by Monarch/Lion Hudson: The Baroness Cox: Voice for the Voiceless, by Andrew Boyd and The Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World by Lela Gilbert.

Tuesday 15th January - "Perspectives from South Sudan" - Naomi Pendle

Naomi is currently a researcher at the London School of Economics.  She lived and worked in South Sudan from 2009 until 2015.  There, she taught at a school and university, as well as starting her own research.  Her research continues to focus on conflict, displacement and authority in South Sudan.  She has advised the the UN, and US and UK government in relation to this work.  Prior to working in South Sudan, Naomi taught History and Politics at Wellington College.

Tuesday 29th January - Reverend Christopher Herbert

Christopher Herbert has established himself as a respected and sought-after lecturer in the fields of Christian Art, Spirituality and the Ethics of End-Of-Life care. In each of these areas he lectures across the UK and in Europe. He is a visiting Professor in Christian Ethics at the University of Surrey.




Tuesday 12th February - "Torchlight System:Storytelling for Recovery" - Kevin Braddock

Kevin Braddock is Founder of Torchlight System: a new publishing platform offering ways to talk about, live with and recover from issues such as depression and anxiety. For over 20 years Kevin worked as a writer editor for titles including GQ, The Face, Esquire, Vogue and the Guardian, and in 2017 he published “Torchlight: A Publication About Asking for Help” after suffering a major depressive episode in 2014. Torchlight is accompanied by packs of Practice Cards - 55 suggestions for dealing with depression and anxiety. Kevin’s story was featured on the cover of the Observer magazine, and online here.

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