TedX Whitehaven is back – with a familiar face

THE event which promotes ideas worth spreading and sold out rapidly in 2015 is heading back to Whitehaven.

Bright idea’s: Tara Vallante at the 2015 Tedx Whitehaven Photo submitted

Bright ideas: Tara Vallante at the 2015 Tedx Whitehaven
Photo submitted

TedX Whitehaven 2016, run by mother and son team Dianne and Luke Richardson, will be taking up residence of the recently re-opened Gaiety Cinema, Whitehaven, on Wednesday September 7.

Luke, co-curator of the event said: “We were keen to show that the Gaiety can be used for events as well as to show films.

“This will give the venue another income stream to secure its future in the town. It’s wonderful to be able to use such an iconic venue which is full of memories for everyone in Whitehaven.”

The event will host talks by six speakers, the first of whom has been announced as Egremont2Day’s own Ken Powell.

Along with his fantastic review, opinion columns and concise articles for the newspaper, Ken Powell is a freelance writer and educational consultant working with clients across the globe but particularly in Asia.

After 16 years working as a teacher he relocated to Bangladesh with his family in 2008 where he helped establish an O-level department in an NGO school in one of the poorest areas of the country and trained teachers, as well as teaching several subjects.

Gradually he moved over to writing and was full-time as a writer by the time he and his family returned to the UK in 2014.

Ken now works for a variety of clients, writing on socio-political issues in Asia and education matters globally. He also acts as an educational consultant across the world, co-writing books with other educators and offering an alternative perspective on teaching, for which he is in demand.

Ken describes the thinking behind his talk as ‘us and them’.

He said: “My own writings often follow a theme of the idea of a global village and that ‘us and them’ mentality is outdated and holds back our development both nationally and globally. This is the theme I will explore in my talk.”

He currently lives near Whitehaven with his wife, two children and dog.

When not drinking vast quantities of tea he is busy working on his third book or playing pool.

Dianne said: “We’re very excited about the speakers we’re talking to about 2016 and it’s wonderful to be able to confirm Ken Powell as the first of these.

“The 2015 event was such a success and we’re really looking forward to 2016.”

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