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What happened at Life Lessons 2020

Bill Bryson

"I had a wonderful time at Life Lessons – even better than I expected, and I was expecting a lot. All the visitors I spoke to told me they'd had a fantastic day."

Andrew Hunter Murray

“This festival takes people from all across society with interesting ideas; it’s a wonderful petri dish where people will meet, the ideas will cross-fertilise and produce new, better ideas.”

Bella Lack

“It’s important that we have a domain like this where people can sit and try to create a new vision and a new narrative. I hope that people leave with a real sense of that.”

Ruby Wax

“Life Lessons has changed the way I’m going to do my events. I’ve been to so many talks here and they’re fantastic. I’m so grateful. I’d love to do more work with you”

Max La Manna

“Just wanted to say thank you and express my gratitude for putting together such a lovely weekend. Both Venetia and I thought it was one of the best and well organised events we’ve been to in a long time.”

Rupy Aujla

“Life lessons to me is connection – human connection – where people can listen and work out what’s best for them. I had a brilliant time. It’s the favourite event I’ve done! Thanks so much for the fun!”

Flo Perry

“Life Lessons is a fantastic event. It’s an interesting festival that so many people of different walks of life can get things out of.”

Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

"Life Lessons is really special. Today has been incredible…so many pearls of wisdom. The opportunity to speak to people who are interested in different things, or talk to a talk on something completely different: that’s what helps you to grow."

Romesh Ranganathan

"Life Lessons is a great idea. It feels like there’s not enough of it. I would like to think that this is the start of a sea-change I guess. In that it’s something going forward that people realise needs to be part of our everyday thinking."

Megan Jayne Crabbe

“Life Lessons is doing a very important thing in making information and wisdom accessible. It’s wonderful!”

Richard Dawkins

I very much enjoyed my discussion with the Reverend Richard Coles. The Life Lessons format triumphantly demonstrates that a one-on-one discussion doesn’t have to be adversarial to be entertaining. On the contrary, a mutually respectful conversation, even between participants who might be expected to disagree, can be interesting for both them and the audience.

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What happened at Life Lessons 2020

Over 6,000 of you descended upon The Barbican Centre for a never-before-seen take on wellbeing. A celebration of bestselling authors and world class thinkers, sharing big – but practical – ideas for living better. We learned, we laughed, we cried. We started a new wellbeing movement.

Ruby Wax, Derren Brown, Romesh Ranganathan, Lily Cole, Alain de Botton and Bill Bryson and over 80 others helped us cut through a society of confusing wellness advice to offer a fresh perspective on how to live a happier, healthier and more inspired life.

Until next time!

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