The academic enrichment speaker programme at Sevenoaks School seeks to connect students and the wider Sevenoaks School community with eminent thinkers to debate key issues and big ideas. 

Helen Scales
Wednesday 23 May 2018, 6.15pm

The complex lives of fish
Marine Biologist and writer Helen Scales, whose book on seashells, Spirals in Time was made a Book of the Week on Radio 4 and a book of the year for The Times, The Guardian, The Economist and Nature, on the mesmerising and complex lives of fish.  

Book signings and sales courtesy of Sevenoaks Bookshop

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Victor Mallet
Thursday 14 June 2018, 6.15pm 

India, democracy and the environment
The Financial Times’ Asia News Editor on the huge environmental and political challenges facing India as it struggles to rescue what is arguably the world’s most important river from catastrophe.

Book signings and sales courtesy of Sevenoaks Bookshop

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Jeremy Hunter 
Friday 4 May, 12.10pm

North Korea
Photojournalist Jeremy Hunter, who entered North Korea just before the death of Kim Jong-II, on daily life in one of the strangest and secretive states on Earth.


Eleni Michalopoulou 
Friday 8 June, 12.10pm

 Climate change, microplastics and science

On how science is trying to address two of the most pressing challenges of our times. The challenge of climate change and the challenge of microplastics. Exploring what science is, what it does and how it contributes to identifying such issues.


Recent speakers have included: 

Simon Stephens (Playwright - Punk Rock, Birdland and adaptations of A Doll's House, The Seagull and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Timeon) on writing for the stage

Evan Davis (BBC broadcaster) on Post Truth and Populism: the World in 2017

Baroness Patience Wheatcroft (journalist and life peer) on The House of Lords: Undemocratic Anachronism or Fearless Check on Power?  

John Lanchester (novelist and literary journalist) on the Decade since the 2008 Crash

Dr Tim Rogan (Philosopher and author of The Moral Economists) on Self, Society and the End of History.

Alastair Macaulay (Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times) on Ballet and the Male Gaze

Chris Giles (Economics Editor of the Financial Times), Gerard Lyons (Chief Economics Adviser to Boris Johnson) and Adam Boulton (Sky broadcaster) on the case for and against Brexit

Francis Hardinge (novelist) on the power of fantasy

David Olusoga (BBC Presenter) on Black History

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