Manor Gardens Keynote Lecture
We live in a world where people think it’s OK to say what you like on social media but turn on anyone who dares to put forward views that don’t conform. Manor Gardens Welfare Trust is taking up the debate by hosting a Keynote Lecture called What Price Free Speech at Islington Town Hall on Thursday 22nd September between 7 and 9pm.
The Speaker is Nick Cohen, journalist, author and political commentator. He is a columnist for The Observer, a blogger for The Spectator and TV critic for Standpoint magazine. He has written for the London Evening Standard and the New Statesman. His most recent book You Can't Read this Book was published by HarperCollins in 2012 and deals with censorship.
The Keynote Lecture will defend Free Speech and how vital it is to maintain a vibrant, dynamic and tolerant society.
Comedian Kate Smurthwaite will also give her take on free speech. Kate Smurthwaite is a left-wing, feminist, atheist stand-up comedian and political activist. She performs all over the UK and around the world at major clubs. Kate is often a guest on news and debate shows and is well known for her forthright opinions and campaigning work.
Held in the magnificent Council Chamber of Islington Town Hall the event will also give members of the audience the opportunity to comment and discuss with the speakers. The event will be chaired by the Manor Gardens’ Chair of Trustees Alan Elias, who is also Acting Chair of the Court and Council of the LSE.
Light refreshments will be available from 7pm and the lecture will start at 7.30. The event will follow on from Manor Gardens’ Volunteer Celebration where we thank the 250 volunteers who have worked with us over the last year.
Tickets, price £5, must be booked in advance through Eventbrite as places are limited. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-price-free-speech-tickets-26603934083.