Kitchenorium at TEDxLeam: The Event

TEDxLeam letters

Doors Open

The doors of the Parish Church opened up at 11am, and TEDx Leamington Spa 2017 officially got underway. There were wristbands to put on, goody bags to enjoy, self-service tea and coffee, as well as a key on every seat, only one of which would unlock a box containing a special prize.


Joel and I enjoyed our salads provided by the Saxon Mill, a destination gastro-pub in nearby Warwick, and then we settled ourselves into a spot on the balcony before the talks began.

TEDxLeam stage

View from the balcony

Session 1

Introductions by Alan Heap, our compere for the day, and Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington.

Talk 1: ‘Living in harmony with your smartphone’ by Ross Sleight

Talk 2: ‘Why does that refugee have a mobile phone?’ by Amrit Singh

Talk 3: ‘Life lessons from 30 years in Hollywood’ by Marie Rowe

Talk 4: ‘Embracing restlessness’ by Simon Parker

Video from the TED archives ‘How we can eat our landscapes’ by Pam Warhurst:

Session 2

After a quick break and a little cake from Sweet As, a local cake shop specialising in chocolate, a friend helped us find seats at the back of the hall, and the talks continued.

Talk 5: ‘Homelessness – it’s time to lose the label’ a panel discussion with Lianne Kirkman of Helping Hands, Cheryl Prince of Seemia Theatre and Ellie House of Kairos WWT

Talk 6: ‘Superman was a foster child’ by Satwinder Sandhu

Talk 7: ‘How to let go of your past’ by David Bentley

Talk 8: ‘My best friend at nursery is 80 years old’ by Melrose Stewart

Session 3

After another break, this time catered by by Nana’s Japanese Cafe (although we weren’t quick enough to taste the sushi as it disappeared in a flash), and during which my nerves started to set in, we found seats with a group of friends at the front of the hall near the stage.

Talk 9: ‘Home is who we are’ by Ruhi Hamid 

Talk 10: ‘Apathy, the refugee crisis and how we can make a difference’ by Yasmin Autwal

Talk 11: ‘How to turn you home into a pop-up restaurant’ – my video!

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Tweet on screen

Talk 12: ‘The power of the flower’ by Sarah Horne


There were poetry readings by Gwyneth Box and background music by Morocco Dave throughout the day.

Altum Schema, Joe Dolman and The Ellipsis gave live performances, and there was a video from Deluka giving an insight into this track:

After Party

Following the wrap-up of TEDx Leamington Spa 2017, we de-camped to Zou Bisou, an indepenent cafe on Regent Court, for the after party.

There were refreshments aplenty – beer from Church Farm Brewery, wine courtesy of Underwood Wines and a delicious selection of pizza provided by Birtelli’s.

Live musical performances continued through the evening, including some extremely accomplished kareoke and open mic sessions including some awesome rapping by Ross Sleight and beat-boxing by David Bentley.

Further information about TEDxLeam:-

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