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Programme

Choose from three days of conversations and debates on modern-day wellbeing from brilliant minds. Tickets for each session will include six talks on our main stage, a choice of two books and access to the festival.

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Friday

Choose to join us for the afternoon, evening or all day. Your ticket gives you entry throughout the whole day.

The afternoon will kick off with the man behind Europe’s #1 health podcast, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee as he and other leading British health experts share their best advice for life. Bust the myths and get your hands on real, cutting-edge health research; from nutrition to fitness, immunity, and more with Prof. Robert Thomas, Dr. Alan Desmond, and Dr. Rangan Chatterjee.

After a refresh, a wander around the market, a couple of cold drinks, or a snooze under a tree, get ready for a laugh-out-loud evening brimming with real advice for life. This outrageous, honest, fun, fact-filled, practical & poetical session will be covering the mind & mental health, brain health, and neuroscience with The Poetry Pharmacy; Kimberley Wilson, and, Britain’s most disruptive thinker on mental health, Ruby Wax.

Afternoon Session: 1pm - 5pm

Health: From Nutrition to Fitness, Immunity and More.

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Prof Robert Thomas

How To Live: eating for immunity

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One of the UK’s leading oncologists, Professor Robert Thomas, believes in a 360 approach to health. In this session, he’ll examine how diet is linked to immunity and what we can eat in order to stay healthy. He’ll ask whether diet can be the key to supporting medicine and indeed, preventing the need for it.

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Dr Alan Desmond

Plant-based: a 101

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For the vegan-curious, a myth-debunking session from plant-based expert and NHS consultant, Dr Alan Desmond. From gut health to blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol, this talk will take the confusion out of plant-based eating and provide practical tips in integrating it into everyday life.

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Dr Rangan Chatterjee

How to Feel Great For Life: Long Term, Simple Habits for a Healthier, Happier You. A Conversation with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

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Meet the man behind Europe’s most successful Health podcast, Feel Better, Live More. Dr Rangan Chatterjee joins us on a mission to leave quick fix diets behind and provide a route to sustainable weight loss and improved physical and mental wellbeing that’s lifestyle-first - this talk will be full of simple, practical advice that all of us can start implementing into our lives immediately.

Evening Session: 6pm - 9.30pm

The Mind & Mental Health, Brain Health and Neuroscience.

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William Sieghart

The Poetry Pharmacy: tried and true prescriptions for the heart, mind and soul

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The Poetry Pharmacy believes this simple thing: that when we are most in need of comfort, a poem can often best express and work through our emotions. Join them for this fun session and take the time out to stop, listen and find exactly the right prescription for your heart, mind and soul.

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Kimberley Wilson

How to build a healthy brain

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The brain is arguably the most important organ in our body. But how can we keep it healthy? How do we future proof it, give it the nutrients it needs and help it function at its optimum? Join expert Kimberley Wilson for a fact-driven talk packed with practical advice on building a healthy brain.

Author of - How to Build a Healthy Brain: Reduce stress, anxiety and depression and future-proof your brain.

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Ruby Wax

And Now For the Good News: lessons in positive thinking

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Let’s face it, we all need some good news right now. Lucky that Ruby Wax - comedian, mental health expert and campaigner extraordinaire - has just the answer! Join her for an enlightening, funny, heart-warming talk as she pulls back the clouds and shows us the sunshine.

Ticket holders for this session will receive a copy of Ruby's book -And Now For The Good News...: The much-needed tonic for our frazzled world.

Saturday

Choose to join us for the afternoon, evening or all day. Your ticket gives you entry throughout the whole day.

Saturday at Life Lessons will kick off with the fiercest thinker in British business and society today, Mary Portas, in an afternoon all about race, allyship, and building a better society. Join Mary Portas, Magid Magid & Marie Le Conte; Nikesh Shukla & Emma Dabiri as they have agenda-setting conversations and ask; what’s next after the BLM protests? What can you do to disrupt the status quo for the better?

Come evening, see Britain’s most beloved science presenter, Prof. Brian Cox, in the most intimate setting yet. Join us for an out-of-this-world evening on nature, science, and the universe with Prof. Brian Cox & Robin Ince, Bella Lack; Prof Jim Al-Khalili, and the heroes who developed the vaccine; Dame Prof. Sarah Gilbert, Prof. Catherine Green, and James Ball. Together, they will share their big ideas on climate, the pandemic, and the future of science, asking: what’s next for our world and how do we save our planet?

Afternoon Session: 1pm - 5pm

Society and Community.

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Magid Magid Interviewed by Marie Le Conte

The Art of Disruption: lessons in living better together

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A Somali-born black Muslim refugee, Magid Magid overcame adversity to become a Lord Mayor - and to ban Donald Trump from Sheffield. Radical, loving, funny and heart-warming, join Magid Magid as he gives us his recipe for disrupting the status quo and his dreams for a better society.

Marie Le Conte is a freelance political journalist based in London. She writes for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times, VICE, GQ and Vogue, and her first book, Haven't You Heard? Gossip, Politics and Power was the i's political book of the year. Her second, Honourable Misfits: A Brief History of Britain's Weirdest, Unluckiest and Most Outrageous MPs will be out on July 22.

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Nikesh Shukla & Emma Dabiri

Conversations on race: a how-to guide

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Welcome to your masterclass in difficult conversations, where we ask: what’s next after BLM? How can we turn anger into everyday activism? How can we foster positive conversations about race, injustice and allyship? And how can we raise young people to do better than we’ve done?

Joining this panel is the brilliant journalist and host of podcast Brown Baby, Nikesh Shukla and author of "What White People Can Do Next", Emma Dabiri.

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Mary Portas

Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy

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Business has done the biggest, fastest and cheapest; but what if it were to do the best? For us and the planet? Balancing the key principles of profit and social progress, Mary Portas asks in this conversation: what if we all just re-set and spent our money a bit better?

Attendees of this session will receive: Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy by Mary Portas.

Evening Session: 6pm - 9.30pm

Nature, Science and the Universe.

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Bella Lack

Climate activism: a how-to guide

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For many, the climate crisis = despair. But where exactly are we? On the big picture - on policy, government action and international accord? And what can each and every one of us in our daily lives do to truly make a difference?

Bella Lack, 18 year-old climate activist, TEDX talker and colleague of Jane Goodall, as they get to grips with all this and more.

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Prof. Jim Al-Khalili, Prof. Dame Sarah Gilbert and Prof. Catherine Green, hosted by James Ball

The Pandemic: how has it changed science, people and the planet?

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No one could have predicted all the many ways in which the pandemic has affected science, people and the planet. It’s been embroiled in economics, international power play, fake news and climate change. It’s taken us on a long journey, but where’s next?

Joining this panel is eminent science communicator and physicist, Prof. Jim Al-Khalili and two more very exciting scientists coming soon. Hosted by journalist and author, James Ball.

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Professor Brian Cox & Robin Ince

Balance: lessons from the Universe for Planet Earth

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From one of the biggest brains on the planet comes a conversation about the universe: about the life lessons it can teach us; and about balance and order.

Attendees of this session will receive a copy of Universal by Professor Brian Cox.

Sunday

Choose to join us for the afternoon, evening or all day. Your ticket gives you entry throughout the whole day.

The Sunday at Life Lessons Festival will kick off with edge-of-your-seat, inspiring and hopeful stories from communities around the world from Britain's most beloved travel and nature presenters. Enjoy conversations and debates with Simon Reeve; Julia Bradbury and Chris Packham on modern-day wellbeing from brilliant minds.

After an hour’s break and a wander around the festival grounds, settle down for an outrageously funny star-studded afternoon of fringes, fake tan, and female empowerment with Claudia Winkleman & Yomi Adegoke, Pandora Sykes & Jess Phillips MP, and Prof. Christie Watson. Join us this July at the beautiful Chiswick House & Gardens for frank and fearless conversations with these four fierce and funny women as they discuss the little and large things of life. Together they will reflect on the lessons taught to us by modern life as we ask: what does it take to be a modern woman? How do we know if we’re doing it right?

Morning Session: 10am - 1.30pm

Living Better Together, Sustainably and More Simply.

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Julia Bradbury

Life lessons from walking in nature

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One of the UK’s most loved TV presenters joins Life Lessons for a conversation about nature, mental health and conservation.

Bio: Julia Bradbury is a television presenter and outdoor walking enthusiast who has dedicated her career to sharing beautiful walks from all over the world. Passionate about conservation, she’s an eco-activist promoting a plastic-free environment.

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Chris Packham

Back to nature

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One of the UK’s most beloved naturalists, Chris Packham, joins life lessons to discuss conservationism, eco-activism and the little things we can do in our everyday lives to protect nature and wildlife.

Back To Nature: how to love life - and save it by Chris Packham & Megan McCubin

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Simon Reeve

Step by Step: lessons from journeys around the world

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From life on the dole, to a TV presenter with over 20 series and more than 120 countries under his belt, Simon Reeve’s personal story is one of an extraordinary climb out of adversity. But his travels around the world have taught him much about community, climate change and what it means to be human. Join him for this fireside chat as he reflects on some of the greatest life lessons he’s learned in his career thus far.

Attendees of this session will receive a copy of his book - Step by Step: The Life In My Journeys.

Afternoon Session: 2.30pm - 6pm

On Modern Life and Learning from Those All-Important Life Lessons.

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Professor Christie Watson

The Courage to Care: Nurses, Families and Hope

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We’ve clanged our pans for them, but do we really know the extent of what nurses do? From the nurses in the community, care-homes, military, schools and more? And how much courage it takes to care?

Bestselling author and nurse of over 20 years, Christie Watson, shares her insights into the strength of the human heart in this moving and inspirational conversation.

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Pandora Sykes & Jess Phillips MP

On Modern Life

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Modern life is full of choices. And the pressures facing 30-something women today - often generation rent, balancing motherhood and work (including all those childcare costs) can be eye-watering. You’re interested in the world and want to do your bit – but how do you engage in everyday activism without burning out? And if you’re inside politics, how do you move it? Is it possible to be one's 'best' and 'authentic' self – and do we even know what that looks like? What if we get it wrong? And what if we don’t know how to help those around us who are getting it wrong too?

Join journalist, author and one half of the phenomenon, The High Low, Pandora Sykes; and the Labour MP, activist and all-round epic human, Jess Phillips, as they explore the questions, anxieties and agendas that consume our modern lives.

How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right?: essays on modern life by Pandora Sykes. Published May 2021, RRP £8.99

Everything You Really Need to Know About Politics: My Life as an MP by Jess Phillips. Published 22nd July 2021, RRP £16.99

About

Pandora Sykes is a journalist and broadcaster. She has written for the Sunday Times, Vogue, ELLE and the Telegraph amongst other publications, and was the co-host of The High Low, the UK's No.1 podcast for women. She lives in London. This is her first book.

JESS PHILLIPS was first elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley in 2015 and was elected chair of the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party in September 2016. Before becoming an MP, she worked with victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, and she continues to speak up on behalf of those who struggle to have their voice heard.

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Claudia Winkleman Interviewed by Yomi Adegoke

Life lessons from a career in showbiz

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Friendship, family and the little things in life that help us get through the day… Join the nation’s beloved broadcaster, Claudia Winkleman, as she shares some of the heartfelt (and completely irreverent) lessons she’s learned from her career in showbiz and life thus far.

Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award winning journalist, presenter and social commentator best known for Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible which she co-authored in 2018.

Ticket holders for this session will receive a copy of Claudia's book; Quite.


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