We were thrilled to have played host to so many fantastic speakers and presenters throughout our Summer Series of Talks. Discussing topics as varied as The Future of our Children, to Poetry and Prejudice, and from The Importance of Vitamin D to The Virtues of Gardening for Children, our speakers enthralled and enraptured with their extensive knowledge and vast experience in their respective fields.
Our huge thanks go to Anthony Costello, Alan Johnson, Eleanor Mills, Baroness Blower, Benjamin Zephaniah, Adrian Martineau and Anne Longfield, and to our wonderful interviewers Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Laurence Guinness, Rajan Datar, and Katie Razzall.
If you missed any of our speakers, you can catch up with all the talks on our Youtube channel by clicking HERE. There, you’ll be able to hear:
Anthony Costello talking about the longer-term consequences of Covid-19 for child health globally, and the threats from climate change and commercial exploitation
Alan Johnson talking about his love of music, books and football (with a bit of politics thrown in)
Eleanor Mills discussing some of the highlights of her career as a journalist, editor and campaigner, and how she used story-telling to raise funds and awareness for important causes
Christine Blower discussing the virtues of education and gardening and the extent to which children in urban and suburban environments are cut off from the natural world
Benjamin Zephaniah telling us about his remarkable journey from leaving school at 13 years old to becoming one of the most respected poets of his generation
Adrian Martineau explaining how vitamin D has played a key role in immune function for centuries, and examining its potential role in the fight against COVID-19.
Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, talking about how children in general and vulnerable children in particular are being affected by Covid-19 and the need for a ‘Nightingale scale’ intervention