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Famous Names from Literature, the Creative Arts and Broadcasting Announced in Latest Line Up for Popular Public Lecture Series
Published: 7th October 2019, 11:43am
Famous Names from Literature, the Creative Arts and Broadcasting Announced in Latest Line Up for Pop The former Poet Laureate, a prominent broadcaster and environmental campaigner and a celebrated satirical cartoonist and illustrator will visit the city as the next guest speakers for a popular public lecture series it has been announced.

The University of Lincoln’s Great Lives series of free public talks aims to connect audiences with inspiring public figures from the worlds of business, sport, politics, science and the arts, offering inspirational insights into a range of industries.

The Great Lives autumn winter season will begin on Friday 18th October with the return of one of the country’s most famous poets, Dame Carol Ann Duffy. Performing a reading of some of her best-known works, Carol Ann, who stepped down from her decade long role as Poet Laureate earlier this year, will also give guests the opportunity to learn more about her work and career during a question and answer session.

Naturalist, broadcaster and environmental campaigner Chris Packham will make a return to the University on Tuesday 5th November to deliver a talk on climate change. Chris, who is a Visiting Professor, will also be taking part in the University’s Climate Change Action Day, sharing his insights on the bigger picture of climate change.

Celebrated satirist, cartoonist and journalist Gerald Scarfe CBE will make his Great Lives debut on Friday 22nd November. Gerald, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 2018, will deliver his talk ’60 Years of Being Rude’ charting an exceptional career which has taken him from the Sunday Times to directing animation sequences for the likes of Walt Disney and Pink Floyd.

The University’s own Professor Brian Winston will continue the series on Thursday 28th November with a talk on the long history of ‘fake news’. Author, academic and free speech advocate Professor Winston has written for magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic and in 1985 received an Emmy for his documentary work. His talk will focus on the idea of ‘fake news’ from the 1400’s to the present day and his ideas around how we can reboot journalism for the 21st century.

Great Lives talks are free to attend but booking is required. For more information or to book your place, visit

Schools and colleges wishing to book places for larger groups  can contact the University’s Events Team by phone 01522 837100 or email

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