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TEDx Observer Simulcast

  • Sat, 10 Mar 2012
  • 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Live broadcast of second annual TEDx Observer 'Festival of Ideas' from Sadler's Wells, London, featuring inspirational talks by international speakers from a range of disciplines. Neuroscientists, choreographers, anthropologists, actors and environmentalists deliver short talks on an eclectic range of issues, from the neurological difference between optimists and pessimists to how dance can improve memory.

Plus a programme of live speakers here at the Bluecoat:

Host: Tim Adams
Tim Adams had been Literary Editor and Review Editor of the Observer before becoming a full-time writer a decade ago. Recently named culture writer of the year by the Foreign Press Association, he is also the Art Critic of the New Statesman and the author of Being John McEnroe, a book about the mind games of sport.

Frank Cottrell Boyce
Screenwriter, novelist, and children's writer, Frank Boyce Cottrell is one of Liverpool's most compelling voices. He wrote dozens of episodes of Coronation Street and Brookside before turning to film. Since then, he's become the long-time collaborator of Michael Winterbottom, writing Welcome to Sarajevo, 24-hour Party People and A Cock and Bull story for him. His fiction has twice won the Carnegie Medal as well as being shortlisted for the Whitbread  Prize and his stage play, Proper Clever, produced at the Liverpool Playhouse.

Robert Simpson
More than half a million volunteers now undertake scientific research at  Robert Simpson,  explains how citizen science
is space's new frontier.

Jane Davis
A teenage runaway and drug-user, Jane Davis left school with two GCSEs but as a single mother, she discovered literature and it changed her life. She was lucky to find a great teacher in Brian Nellist in the School of English at the University of Liverpool, got a first, spent three years writing a PhD, and later founded The Reader magazine to share her excitement about the written word. She's now trying to bring about "reading revolution" and organises reading aloud groups to extend the individual experience of literature to create strong, supportive communities.

Roy Boulter & Sol Papadopoulos
The one-time drummer of the Liverpool band, The Farm, and a former photographer and merchant seaman, Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos together founded Hurricane Films. They've picked up numerous awards including several Bafta nominations for their work, but they've also are passionate about working and collaborating with Liverpool's communities to help them get their voices heard. They run writing workshops and film projects with everyone from World War II veterans, to teenagers.


Tickets £10 including lunch. 

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