Let’s talk about global fame for Buckingham

Laura Walker-Beaven and mum Tita
Laura Walker-Beaven and mum Tita
  • The first local event under the famous TEDx global banner
  • Four speakers will address everything from gay rights for schoolchildren to abortions in India
  • Each 18-minute talk will be filmed to be potentially viewed by millions

A student’s bid to make the entire world listen to Buckingham is set to be talk of the town today, Saturday.

Teenager Laura Walker-Beaven is organising the first local event under the famous TEDx global banner.

We’re hoping that the talks will spark lots of lively discussions

Laura Walker-Beaven

Four speakers will address everything from gay rights for schoolchildren to abortions in India.

Each 18 minute talk will be filmed to be potentially viewed by millions of people on the TED website and YouTube.

The most successful speeches could even be scooped up to be shown on Netflix.

Said Laura, who is 18: “I’ve always loved watching TED talks so a year ago I came up with the idea of running a TEDx event in my home town.”

Her mum Tita Beaven came up with the same idea independently, so together the pair set about planning TEDxBuckingham,

“It’s been a lot of work but I’m hoping it will be worth it,” said Laura, who is studying for her A2 exams at Royal Latin School.

Her first speaker is artist Mita Vaghela who will describe through sculpture and the spoken word the appalling situation in India, where thousands of babies are aborted every year - simply because they are female.

Shaun Dellenty, a deputy headteacher from London, will talk about his work as a gay rights activist and founder of Inclusion For All

His speech, called ‘Globally local humans and how to nurture them’ will address the problems he experienced as a schoolboy who was gay.

Next John Drew, a professor of English at the University of Buckingham will speak about telling stories in the digital age.

Mr Drew will tell how he has brought Charles Dickens bang up to date by digitally publishing journals the famous author wrote for magazines.

His talk is called ‘Telling stories in the digital age.’

Finally former royal Latin student Letty Davis will speak about Confronting our privilege, telling of her gap year work abroad for Dandelion Africa.

Laura has hired the Radcliffe Centre at the University of Buckingham for the event, which runs between 2pm and 5.30pm.

Admission is free and members of the audience will be encouraged to engage with the speakers over refreshments.

“We’re hoping that the talks will spark lots of lively discussions,” said Laura.

TED nationally has welcomed the Buckingham event, and hope people from “every discipline and culture” will attend.

A spokesman said: “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.

“On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinker - and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”

TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged. Today it covers a multitude of topics in more than 100 different languages.

To learn more visit www.ted.com. Tickets for today’s event can be booked on www.tedxbuckingham.org