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Programme

Choose from six sessions across a weekend of conversations and debates on modern-day wellbeing from brilliant minds. Tickets for each session will include 3 talks on our main stage, a book and access to the festival.

Friday

Choose which session you would like to attend (afternoon or evening), each session includes 3 talks.

Afternoon Session: 1pm - 5pm

Health: From Nutrition to Fitness, Immunity and More.

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Prof Robert Thomas

Eating for Covid: Lessons in Immunity

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Professor Robert Thomas is one of Britain's leading oncologists and an expert in integrating nutritional and lifestyle strategies into cancer treatment. As well as teaching at the University of Cambridge, he is a consultant oncologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospitals and designed the UK’s first government approved qualification in exercise rehabilitation for cancer patients.

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Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Feel Great, Lose Weight: Lessons from a GP

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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 the fad diets behind and provide a route to weight loss that’s nutrition-first, realistic and sustainable.


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To be announced soon

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Evening Session: 6pm - 9.30pm

The Mind & Mental Health, Brain Health and Neuroscience.

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Kimberley Wilson

On Brain Health: Lessons in Keeping Your Brain Fit

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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.

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Bryony Gordon

No Such Thing As Normal: Lessons in Mental Wellness

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Bryony Gordon knows what it’s like to be at glorious rock bottom and to climb her way back out. In this frank and funny session with us at Life Lessons, Bryony will share both the lessons she’s learned from mental health struggles and the triumphs of mental wellness.

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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.

Saturday

Choose which session you would like to attend (afternoon or evening), each session includes 3 talks.

Afternoon Session: 1pm - 5pm

Society and Community.

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Magid Magid

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.

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Bernardine Evaristo

Three Storytellers Speak: Lessons in Remapping the Nation

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Booker prize-winning Bernardine Evaristo is joined by guests Judith Bryan and S.I.Martin - authors carefully selected for the landmark Black Britain: Writing Black campaign. Join them as they discuss the books that can help us reconfigure black British history.

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Caitlin Moran

Ruminations on Modern Feminism

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From the hair to the humour, Caitlin Moran is an icon of our age. She joins us at Life Lessons to ruminate on modern feminism. Expect wit as sharp as her eyeliner and a laugh to threaten one’s pelvic floor.

Evening Session: 6pm - 9.30pm

Nature, Science and the Universe.

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Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris

The Lost Spells: Rewilding the Imagination

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Join the bestselling author and illustration duo, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris as they celebrate the magical creatures of British wildlife and teach us how we can rekindle a connection with nature that soothes the soul.

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Jim Al-Khalili & Dr Adam Rutherford

2020: Lessons in Science

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Scientific development and study has received an extraordinary amount of scrutiny under the public lens in 2020. Professor Jim Al-Khalili and Dr Adam Rutherford join forces in this session to reflect on the role of science in explaining and overcoming a global pandemic; how its future may change under a Biden presidency; and what happens when science and fact takes on racism.

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To be announced soon!

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Sunday

Choose which session you would like to attend (morning or afternoon), each session includes 3 talks.

Morning Session: 10am - 1.30pm

Living Better Together, Sustainably and More Simply.

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Elif Shafak

How to Stay Sane In An Age of Division: Lessons in Community

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Elif Shafak - TED talker, political theorist, Booker prize nominee and founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations - joins us at Life Lessons to share her wisdom on community and society. She’ll ask how we can live with those whose opinions we hate and what can be done to heal the divisions that have emerged across the world in recent years.

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Kate Humble

Lessons From a Year Living Simply

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Why is it, when we have so much, that many of us still feel we are missing something and the rush of pleasure when we buy something new turns so quickly into a feeling of emptiness, or purposelessness, or guilt? So what is the route to real, deep, long lasting happiness? Join Kate Humble as she divulges the lessons she’s learned from a year lived more simply.

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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.

Afternoon Session: 2.30pm - 6pm

Overcoming Adversity and Learning from Those All-Important Life Lessons.

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Poetry Pharmacy

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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To be Announced Soon!

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Graham Norton

Home Stretch: Lessons in Authenticity

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The multi-talented man of Friday night TV, Graham Norton, is also the novelist behind three stunning stories and Sunday Times bestsellers. He joins us at Life Lessons to discuss his latest, Home Stretch, and to share some of the many life lessons he’s learned from a career in showbiz.


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