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In conversation with Ed Miliband

Inspired and informed by his hugely popular podcast, Reasons to be Cheerful, Ed Miliband’s new book, Go Big: How To Fix Our World, shows us that whilst the challenges we face as a society are daunting, solutions to them already exist. This empowering, uplifting set of practical and transformative solutions – from a citizens’ assembly… Continue reading…

Levelling up: Histories, Cultures, Challenges

Melissa Benn will be taking part in this discussion on May 17th 17:30 pm – 19:00 pm Online-via Zoom: book via this link https://www.history.ac.uk/events/levelling-histories-cultures-challenges The government’s ‘Levelling Up’ agenda comes at a time when Covid has revealed, and often increased, existing structural inequalities in the UK. These range from employment to housing, and education to… Continue reading…

Melissa Benn in zoom-free conversation with John Bercow

Saturday 24 April 2021 | 11:15am Order! Order! Former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, talks candidly about his no-holds barred memoir Unspeakable with Melissa Benn. This event will be filmed in London in the days before it is shown on-line – so no zoomy-ness involved, just real people in real conversation. But… Continue reading…

Melissa makes guest appearance on Thelma & Tom Look Left…

Melissa makes guest appearance on Thelma & Tom Look Left…

Listen to Thelma & Tom Look Left – episode Five, with Melissa Benn, in which is discussed all manner of subjects and people – including Clement Attlee, Frank Ocean, Marvin Gaye, Keir Starmer…… oh, and why the left so often get wooden under media scrutiny. Continue reading…

Rachel Holmes: Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel

Rachel Holmes: Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel

Click here to watch Melissa Benn’s interview, recorded in London last autumn, with biographer and campaigner Rachel Holmes about her new book Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel. The discussion was filmed as part of the 2020 winter Cambridge Literary Festival programme.    Continue reading…

Podcast appearance

Podcast appearance

Melissa appears in the Reasons to be Cheerful podcast: YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD: a lifelong learning revolution. Continue reading…

Ruskin College appearance

Ruskin College appearance

Melissa will be a guest speaker at a special Friends of Ruskin College, Birthday Celebration Online event, on Monday February 22nd at 6.30pm. Details here. Continue reading…

Malvern appearance

Malvern appearance

Melissa will be interviewing Rachel Holmes about her biography of the formidable suffragette and lifelong socialist Sylvia Pankhurst at the Malvern Festival of Ideas on Saturday March 6th at 10-11am. Details here. Continue reading…