THE SUMMERFIELD LECTURE
Thursday 10th October
Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World.
In a fast-moving world we're often overloaded with conflicting opinions and advice. In this absorbing lecture Noreena Hertz, author of The Silent Takeover, and described by The Observer as 'one of the world's leading thinkers' offers a practical method for making better, smarter decisions.
THE JAN URBAN-SMITH DEBATE
Saturday 12th October
MELVIN BURGESS, ANNE FINE, JAMILA GAVIN & GRAHAM TYRER
Do We Still Believe Books Matter to our Children?
Do we still believe that books matter to our children? If so, why are libraries closing and literature reduced to extracts in school, as if solely for the purpose of jumping through hoops? Is the chance to read widely being squeezed between the pressure of regimented schooling and an increasingly pervasive digital 'tablet culture'? And what can parents do? Join best-selling children's writers Melvin Burgess, Anne Fine, Jamila Gavin and school literacy guru Graham Tyrer to debate these challenging questions and find out the books that shaped them as they grew up.
This event is supported by the Summerfield Trust in memory of Jan Urban-Smith, who, in her role as a trustee, helped to make Gloucestershire a better place.