We have such a fantastic line up of speakers for this quarters Ignite that we have had to arrange for the doors to be opened at 5pm so everyone can get a drink before the presentations officially start at 6pm.
So to the speakers ….
Rachel Gardner – Independent for Lent
For 2 years I’ve run a blog project called Independent for Lent, where we gave up shopping at chain stores for 40 days. Not for religious reasons, but more as a personal challenge to make us examine where we choose to spend our money. So I’d like to talk about the blog, what led up to starting it, and then a bit about independent retail in Liverpool.
Hakim Cassimally – Writing speculative fiction for the impatient
Mid-way through a short course in writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, which covers many elements of world-building, from science, research, history, technology, politics, as well as learning about genres and the art of story-telling. It’s also lots of fun.
Peter Goodbody – Festival au Desert
A brief tour around the history of, and our trip to, the most inaccessible music festival in the world – Festival au Desert in Mali. Think of going to Timbuktu. And then some.
Rosie Harris – Haunted Dolls
A must see presentation for all people interested in keeping their own haunted doll.
Nathan Ryder – Ideas and Ideas and Ideas and Hats
The world needs ideas for everything: but very often when we’re asked for a new idea for something we just think of only one – a mundane, sensible one – and that’s rubbish! The answer is to have lots of ideas, but how do we get them? And what do we do when we have them?
Patrick Stuart – The use of Power Point by the US Military
The War Against Powerpoint’ is about a cultural conflict inside the US millitary, the way technology shapes thought, and about how large oraganisations react to stress.
Leo Appleton: There ain’t nothing like a dame; or, He’s behind you: the role of the dame in British pantomime
A whistle stop tour introducing you to some of the key concepts and gimmicks of contemporary British pantomime. Through identifying with the role of the pantomime dame in such productions I will try to explain some of the eccentricities of this quintessentially British seasonal phenomenon!