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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, a book from the headliner speaker, access to workshops, shopping village and bars & street food.

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

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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 which session you would like to attend (afternoon or evening), each session includes 3 talks, a book from the headliner speaker, access to workshops, shopping village and bars & street food.

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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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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Jim Al-Khalili, Prof Sarah Gilbert and Dr 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 which session you would like to attend (afternoon or evening), each session includes 3 talks, a book from the headliner speaker, access to workshops, shopping village and bars & street food.

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

Overcoming Adversity 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

How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right?

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Modern life is full of choices. But how do we know what our best life looks like? And what if we get it wrong?

Join journalist, author and one half of the phenomenon, The High Low, Pandora Sykes as she explores 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

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.

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Claudia Winkleman

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.

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


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