Reporter: FX Talks 2019


Our next FX Talks event is coming up on 16 May, with a new venue and brilliantly eclectic list of speakers for 2019


FX talks is back for its third year on 16 May, this time at the new venue of Hawksmoor’s iconic Christ Church, in Spitalfields, East London.

The brainchild of FX editor Theresa Dowling, the event aims to present radical thinkers from mostly outside our industry, to stimulate, cajole – even yank us from complacency! The range of speakers for FX Talks have ranged from an art historian to a horse whisperer, an eclectic mix coming together to deliver TED-style 15-minute lectures on what radical thinking means to them.

This year we have an amazing line-up including Dr Zoe Laughlin, materials expert and co-founder and director of the Institute of Making; Professor John Clarkson, director of the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre; Professor James Woudhuysen, journalist, futurist and activist; Professor Michael Scott, classicist, writer, and broadcaster; and Tim Hunkin – back by popular demand – cartoonist, engineer, creator of the Channel 4 series The Secret Life of Machines, and a long-time inventor of wacky machines and interactive museum exhibits. The evening will be compèred once more by Tom Dyckhoff, known to you as a writer for the Guardian, TV presenter and all-round arts commentator.

After the talks there will be plenty of opportunity to continue discussions with the VIP guests over drinks and canapés. When we’ve gathered all these exciting individuals in a room and presented the audience with 2019’s FX Talks – always ‘challenging, demanding and controversial…’ – what is it that might change the way we think?

We hope you can participate in the discussion. Half-price tickets are on sale now and top-notch canapés and drinks are included in the ticket price of only £60 (ex. VAT).





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