Speakers for "Stars on 45"

Volume #45 – 28th September

It is our great pleasure to be able to bring together such a rich diversity of talented speakers for an evening of cerebral stimulation.

Our speakers are all checking their slides, rehearsing their timings and ensuring their vocal cords are in tip top condition for the next encounter of Ignite Liverpool.

Celebrating people from all walks of life as they talk about their passions, their projects and in some cases their strange habits…….

Speaker: Henry Churniavsky
Talk title: The challenge of Stand-Up Comedy (& being quick!)
Stand up comedy – 20 jokes in 20 slides in 5 mins.
Being a stand up comedian for over 8 years i am always looking at new ways, challenges to talk to an audience and make people laugh. i do 1 hour solo shows at various Fringes. This year alone i am doing Morecombe, Buxton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. My comedy is for a cause as well – mental health awareness and i raise funds through my comedy and my podcast ‘Laugh For Life Comedy’ – a mix of comedy and mental health help. so far during Lockdown raised over £2,000 for YoungMinds …

Speaker: Dave Armstrong
Talk title: The power of self responsibility and the dangers of the wilful lie!

Speaker: Paul Marrow
Talk title: Leaves – They are part of our life, sometimes in ways other than we expect.

Speaker: Jonathan Butters
Talk title: Creating stuff that solves real problems is a bit like playing jazz

Speaker: Francis Fish
Talk title: Marxism in 5 minutes

Speaker: Michael Farley
Talk title: Mayan Women’s Voices on Transitional Justice in Guatemala
A brief summary of Juliette Doman’s observation and analysis of the Sepur Zarco case in Guatemala, which involved the world’s first instance of wartime sexual slavery being prosecuted in a domestic court.

Speaker: Eshah Toona

Starting out as platforms in which to relax and connect with peers, social media has now become a dumping ground for charlatans, in a bid to exploit businesses and their wallets. This 5 mins talk will raise awareness on the hard realities of self-proclaimed social media gurus, sales pitches of marketing agencies and the ways business owners can learn to differentiate between what’s real and what’s a scam.

Speaker: Tom Williamson
Talk title: Ratioed! A seldom explored property of flags

Speaker: Elke Weissmann
Talk title:Why Active Travel is the Solution (to More than One Problem)

Speaker: Cath Holland
Talk title: Scott Walker – the epitome of the independent spirit.
It’s 10 years since Scott’s final solo studio album Bish Bosch, and I’d like to celebrate his inspiring bloody mindedness around his creativity.

We still have spaces for more speakers so if you are interested then sign up.



Doors Open at 6pm and talks start at 7pm and we normally wrap up by 10pm as it’s a work night.

The Venue

Upstairs at Leaf Cafe on Bold Street near the middle of the top half of Bold Street. They have food and drink available so you don’t have to dash home for your Dinner. Check the menu for the evening.

Getting there

It is best served by the 86, 80 and 82 at the top of Bold Street.
Central station is only 5 minutes away at the bottom of Bold Street.
Other parking is available on Duke Street and Mount Pleasant which both have car parks and again are only 5 minutes away on foot.
There are some very handy places to lock your bike on Bold Street, at the very top and in the Square that leads to FACT cinema.

Pitch and Put at the Break

Don’t forget if you have a project that you want to talk about then at the end of the break we have our Pitches section –which gives audience members the opportunity 1 minute to jump up on stage and tell the rest of the world (especially those watching at home) about a great project, event or maybe even just about something they are proud of. We make an announcement about this during the break so listen out.

See you there and may the force be with you.

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Can you tell a good story?

Ignite only happens because of people who are willing to get up and share their passions, be it for a project, an idea or just something they have to tell the world.