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Speakers 2021

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Sir Alan Ayckbourn
playwright

A playwright and theatre director, to date Sir Alan Ayckbourn has written 85 plays. His latest play, The Girl Next Door, premieres in June 2021 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT).

Joe Cornish
photographer

Joe Cornish is a British photographer noted for his large format landscapes.

Alan Hinkes
mountaineer

Alan Hinkes OBE is an English Himalayan high-altitude mountaineer from Northallerton in North Yorkshire.

Carenza Lewis
archaeologist

Carenza Lewis is an archaeologist and Professor for the Public Understanding of Research at the University of Lincoln. She specialises in the medieval period and is particularly interested in rural settlement and childhood.

Dan Parsons
professor

Professor in Sedimentology / Director, Energy and Environment Institute

Joann Fletcher
egyptologist

Joann Fletcher is an Egyptologist and an honorary visiting professor in the department of archaeology at the University of York.

Eliza Carthy
musician

Eliza Carthy MBE, is an English folk musician known for both singing and playing the fiddle. She is the daughter of English folk musicians, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson.

Martin Carthy
musician

Martin Carthy MBE, is an English folk singer and guitarist who has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music. He one of folk music’s greatest innovators and, at times, one of its most quietly controversial figures. 

Paul Rose
explorer

Paul is former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society, environmentalist, diver, TV presenter and recipient of HM The Queen's Polar Medal.

John Pattison
composer

John has written numerous scores for Theatre and Film. He has worked extensively with British playwrights Alan Ayckbourn and John Godber co-writing several original stage musicals with them.

Wave Crookes
mariner

Wave Crookes is an accomplished mariner who cut his teeth as a trawlerman in the North Sea before joining the Royal Navy.

Charlotte Bonner

Charlotte has over fifteen years’ experience working in education for sustainable development (ESD) leading transformational engagement and development programmes.

Magnus Johnson
speaker

Dr Magnus Johnson is a senior lecturer in Environmental Marine Science at the University of Hull and co-director of Northern Shores Marine Consultancy Ltd.

Chris Hall
archaeologist

Chris is Vice President, Field Officer and a Trustee of Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society.

John Oxley
archaeologist

John is Co-Director of Big Ideas By The Sea  festival,  independent archaeologist, and former City of York Archaeologist 1989-2019.

Marie Woods
archaeologist

Marie Woods studied BA Archaeology and MA Heritage Practice at the University of Wales in Lampeter. Marie is the Director of Heritage Adventures, a company that specialises in heritage outreach and education.

Kane Cunningham

Kane is Co-Director of Big Ideas By the Sea, a landscape painter and best known for his House Project.

David Malone
filmmaker

Documentary filmmaker, writer and author of The Debt Generation.

Andy Tickle
environmentalist

Greenpeace activist and campaigner at CPRE, the countryside charity, he is principally working on climate emergency issues. 

Colin Challen
artist

Colin is a Scarborough based artist and environmentalist. He was formerly a Member of Parliament and established the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change.

Mel Bonney
panellist

Mel is CEO at Coast and Vale Community Action, a charitable community business helping people to do good ‘stuff’ in their communities. Mel is passionate about her work, the place she lives and the people who live here.

Laura Hepburn
panellist

Director at GREENOLOGY. Winner of Top 50 Engineers in Sustainability 2020. Northern Power Women Future List 2020. Dot connecter, career chameleon, who will never be pigeon holed!

Paul Elsam
speaker

Lecturer and former actor Dr. Paul Elsam is author of Bloomsbury books on acting, and on theatre history. He's currently researching the life and legacy of ‘war poet’ Wilfred Owen

Ros Jones
speaker

Ros Jones is a Scarborough based business coach helping to support entrepreneurs and businesses across the UK.

Alice Sharpe

Alice is the Curator, Founder and Director of Invisible Dust, an award-winning UK based charity, art and environment organisation.

Joanna Kavenna

Joanna Kavenna is the author of Zed, The Ice Museum, Inglorious (which won the Orange Prize for New Writing), The Birth of Love, Come to the Edge and A Field Guide to Reality.

David Yates
panellist

David Yates is an artist and photographer who has been involved in several community initiatives including the Sounds of Scarborough, Totally Socially and Scarborough’s Community Fridge.

Andy Goldring
panellist

Andy Goldring is the Coordinator/CEO of the Permaculture Association, member of Leeds Permaculture network and active teacher and designer.

Maisie Atkinson
musician

Maisie Atkinson is a mezzo-soprano singer, a songwriter and a musician. She is currently based in Yorkshire.

Peter Caton
speaker

Peter Caton is a celebrated photographer who focuses on humanitarian and environmental causes. Peter’s work has appeared in many publications worldwide, and has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Sarah Oswald
panellist

Sarah is a heritage professional and creative coach. She sits on the North York Moors National Park Authority board as a Secretary of State appointed member.

David Abrutat
speaker

Scarborough born adventurer Dr David Abrutat is a former academic and Royal Marines Commando. He has long had an interest in Second World War history and has two published books to his name.

John MacIntyre
panellist

Professor John MacIntyre is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland. He has worked there since 1992, having graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Combined Science.

Nick Taylor
panellist

Nick was the general manager of the Crown Hotel, Raven Hall Hotel and the Royal Hotel, all between 1986 and 2003, then moved into the public sector. He now works as a consultant.

Richard Pearson

Richard Pearson has had a long career in music media and worked as an on air interviewer for BBC network radio, before moving on to BBC TV, where he worked on the musical content for over a thousand network shows.