An Evening of Live Storytelling by Touch Network

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Date(s) - 19/Nov/2016
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Costa Coffee


You’re invited to An Evening of Live Storytelling, which is being run in partnership between the University of Southampton and Touch Network, a local social enterprise, as part of the Human Worlds Festival.

You can listen to University staff and students share their own real life stories in a relaxed and informal setting.

Each of the speakers will draw on their personal experience on the theme of hope and fear. All talks are intended to be real and honest, but also are hopeful and positive with a focus on overcoming, so you can expect to come away feeling touched and inspired!

Costa Coffee bar will be open for guests to buy tea/coffee/cold drinks and snacks.

Speakers and topics include:

Hannah Rebbeck

Hannah is a former professional dancer who’s safe place used to be the stage. In her new life, she faces all the problems anyone going through a transition would. She shares her insight into positivity, change and what really matters.

Dr Devon Campbell-Hall

The road to a satisfying education never did run smooth… for some. Devon’s road to her current role as the Course Leader for the top NSS-rated BA (Hons) English is a curious one, and shows that sometimes the scenic route through life is far more interesting that the direct route.

Prof Anneke Lucassen 

Anneke works as an NHS doctor advising patients about their risks of inherited conditions and researching the ethical issues that genetic testing can so often raise for people. Anneke’s story is about how she found out her own genetic test result for Alzheimers disease, without ever having a test or giving consent to such testing, a test she would normally advise her patients not to have. She reflects on the common dogma of ‘knowledge is power’ and how it contrasts with her own experience. Do we need to be more careful about easily available and inexpensive genetic testing kits? How should we counter the “know your DNA, know yourself” bandwagon?

Annette Whitten 
Annette talks about her route to becoming a bakery owner. It all started in north Wales with a baby that my sister wished had been a bike. It has ended in a bakery in Burgess Road, and en route has meandered through the peaks and troughs of universities in Leeds and Germany, accountancy, breast cancer and serving the students of Southampton.

What people have to say:

“Thank you so much for putting on this wonderful event. I found the whole evening incredibly inspiring. All the speakers were clear and easy to listen to. Each story was very personal and so encouraging to hear how they had managed to come through some very difficult times with such a positive attitude for the future. It made me feel that with the right belief in ourselves and a mindset that says “I can give this a try” we can all accomplish so much.”

Feedback from a guest – who attended the last Southampton event

Tickets are £5 (any profits go into the social enterprise Touch Network to continue their work).

Follow this link to book your tickets for this event.


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