Running Order - Saturday 30th April
Part One - Midday
Bombs, Bullets, Bullying and A Piano
Owen explores how a piano became his salvation whilst growing up in a war zone and dealing with bullying. His experiences of adversity taught him how life finds a way and he will share these lessons, alongside his piano.
Owen is a Psychotherapist, Sunday Times Best Selling Author and former NHS Mental Health Lead. He is also a lover of dogs and cake.
Dying To Talk About It
Natasha Donovan has gone from multiple life support machine experiences when battling cancer to becoming a leading voice of NHS patient empowerment.
An effervescent optimist fired by determination, she has channelled her negative experiences of poor doctor-patient communication into a force for good to help others. Now Natasha teaches consultants, nurses and students how to clearly and sensitively communicate with patients at one of the world’s leading university hospitals.
(Content Warning: This talk will include true stories about cancer and cancer treatment.)
Sister Brandy Bex - The Joys of Nursing
Sister Brandy Bex is the nurse I would love to be if I knew I could get away with it. Created in 2020 during the Covid pandemic, Brandy is my (Aiden Bex) first comedy character.
“It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse.”
Brandy is sassy, as smart as a whip, and likes to call a spade a spade. Though she can sometimes be a tad unprofessional, Brandy is no less caring and always gets the job done – even if that does mean being a touch flexible with the Code of Conduct!
Dr Douglas Vakoch
Embracing Uncertainty: Searching for Life beyond Earth
Science isn’t just a dispassionate search for truth. It also provides lessons for living our daily lives in the face of uncertainty and the need for commitment.
Dr Douglas Vakoch is president of METI International, a San Francisco-based scientific organisation that transmits powerful, intentional radio signals to nearby stars, in the hope of eliciting a reply from extraterrestrial civilisations. As an elected member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Institute for Space Law, he explores the scientific and societal dimensions of the search for life beyond Earth.
Uncaged: From Prison to Purpose
From growing up traumatised, abused and neglected and left in a cell for 23 hours everyday at the age of 16, Michael shares his story of transformation and what he believes needs to change in our criminal justice system.
He is the author of “Young Offender” which tells his story of going from armed robber to becoming a local hero. He has been sober for 14 years and founded the CIP Project, a non profit organisation that helps people become the person they want to be.
Lunch Break - 1.50pm (Auditorium is closed for the lunch break)
Part Two - 3pm
‘A genre-crossing songwriter with a gift for story telling at it’s heart’
An invite to record in Warner UK Studios, an inclusion on the prestigious BBC Introducing list of ‘Ones To Watch’ 2022, a sell-out show at The St Johns KINGSTON (Banquet Records) and even transatlantic radio play, it’s fair to say 2021 had been a ‘bust down the door and smile on the other side’ year for Maverick Singer -songwriter and Self-Producer Alex Hall.
His Cinematic Pop – meets Lo-Fi – meets anthemic Indie Pop songs (such as Pterodactyl and Still Hurts) are dazzling explosive modern pop earworms, where cutting edge production chops fuse effortlessly with english sensibility and guy-next-door sentiments. As a songwriting he has been described a Ray Davis of our times’ by Glastonbury Emerging TALENT judge Tony Hardy, and has garnered avid praise from Grammy Award winning heavyweight engineer Jon Jacobs.
An adept multi-instrumentalist; his ambitious live show, incorporates VFX and a remarkable ‘one man band’ experience where alex unexpectedly roams between synths, guitars, drum pads, keyboards, pianos and trumpets.
Survivor's Guide to Jealousy
Where does jealousy come from, and how can we work through it? Unique observations and solutions relating to one of the most complex emotions us humans experience.
Ali Hendry is a Holistic Relationship Coach and journalist. Her personal and professional experiences of relationship designs (monogamy, polyamory, open) generated a comprehensive guide to working through jealousy.
Rob and Chantel Emery
One Day At a Time
Rob and Chantel share their extraordinary journey from the birth of their quadruplets, to dealing with loss, gratitude and learning to live for each day.
They are on a mission to positively impact the lives of those around them through sharing their story, navigating being parents to children with severe cerebral palsy and their super siblings, all while trying to juggle everyday life.
The Language of Location
The more precisely we need to describe our location, the more humans turn to numerical systems. What3words is putting language back in the game – for as many people as possible.
Jamie is Head of Language Development & Localisation at what3words, where his mission is to ensure people across the world can use the product in a language that’s familiar to them. Quality, easy-to-use and carefully considered localisation is the key to unlocking a global audience.
Beyond The Story: Exposing Trafficking, Slavery & Injustice Through Her Lens
Hazel’s career as an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker has taken her to over 65 countries across the world, where she has covered stories about key justice and human rights issues particularly focussing on modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Often working in hostile environments and war-torn countries, she has personally witnessed and documented people experiencing great loss and tragedy.
As a storyteller, she has seen the transformational strength of individuals survive and journey through some of the most unimaginable situations, witnessing through her lens the redemptive thread of hope that weaves through peoples’ lives.
Hazel’s talk tells the personal stories that inspired the photojournalist behind the headlines sharing the experiences of ordinary people surviving the extraordinary, the power of hope of not only surviving but thriving beyond the story.
(Content Warning: This talk includes descriptions of sexual violence, abuse, trafficking, slavery and PTSD.
Afternoon Break - 4.30pm
Part Three - 5pm
Turning a Symptom into a Superpower
In a world riddled with diseases that have no cure to date, it is necessary to find alternative methods of treatment and support for anyone going through challenging times. Dance can offer exactly that.
What is science telling us about the power of dance? How does dance support people with Parkinson’s? How can you turn a symptom into a superpower?
Join Simone Sistarelli, founder of Popping For Parkinson’s, as he unravels the potential that can be unlocked through movement.
Unconscious Bias: The Limitation of Labels
Labelling a child can lead to trauma and disempowerment. Tanya wants to empower the next generation to thrive.
Tanya is passionate about sharing a mindful approach through psychodrama as a tool to help others open up and tell their stories in an authentic way. Her approach is empowering, supportive, inspiring, and she aims to aspire to elevate people through her love of connection and storytelling.
Tanya taught drama for over 15 years in schools, youth theatres, mental health and care homes.
Charlie is an award winning stand-up comedian and writer.
LGBTQ New Comedian of the Year 2019. So You Think You’re Funny & Funny Women Awards runner up 2019 & Leicester Square New Comedian Award & Pride’s Got Talent finalist 2018.
Charlie has performed stand-up on BBC Asian Network Live and the BBC’s No Country for Young Women Podcast, as well as appearing on Comedy Central in Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains.
A talented and accomplished writer Charlie was chosen to feature in Charlie Brooker’s writers room for Cunk & Other Humans 2019, The BAFTA nominated AntiViral Wipe 2020 and Death to 2020 & 2021 for Netflix. She has written for the C4 Election night special, 8 out of 10 cats, Hypothetical, Newsjack, The Now Show, Have I Got News For You, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back & Frankie Boyle’s New World Order.
Dare To Be You
A lot of work in the personal development industry focuses on changing yourself to become successful and fulfilled. What if you already possess all you will ever need? What if the goal of life is to become who you already are? Shelley is a Performance Coach, Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist. She specialises in working with Thought Leaders and in the field of Diversity.
Reclaim Yourself: The Most Valuable Investment You Will Ever Make
Small but crucial investments in yourself can lead to unexpected and dramatic results and an entirely unexpected future.
Jamie Klingler is a co founder of Reclaim These Streets, an activist, a writer, and has a famous elderly Cavalier King Charles named McNulty. She was named Number 9 in PR Week UK’s 2021 list of top Communicators of the Year.