Firelight: look who’s talking

Discover who'll be telling their tales at our inaugural Firelight event...  

By: Amie Knights,   2 minutes

Firelight line-up

Flames flicker against the night sky, chilled speciality beers* whet your whistle and delicious stonebaked pizzas sate your hunger. The scene is set for Firelight next Thursday, 15 September – all that’s left is to listen to inspiring, hilarious and courageous stories from our speakers. So who’s talking?

Peter Hampel FRSA
From developing brands at Saatchi & Saatchi to directing and producing Bhutan’s first major international arts festival with EdenLAB, Peter has stories to tell by the bucketload. At Firelight, he’ll share the invaluable lessons he learnt from giving up a highly paid job in advertising, joining an unfunded project in a china clay pit in Cornwall, starting the Eden Sessions with Jarvis Cocker’s help, and protecting a botanical garden from Primal Scream at their hedonistic best.

John Stanbury
The brains behind Advice to Sink in Slowly, John has amassed a powerful portfolio of socially focused projects, all showcasing his unrelenting belief in the lasting power of design and message. At Firelight he’ll be sharing the stories that have led him towards his latest project ‘The Small Places’, which aims to help make human rights more everyday, by redesigning, letterpressing and distributing the original Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster. We’ll leave him to tell you more about it.

Elsie Pinniger
Elsie‘s entrepreneurial spirit is insatiable. From launching the acclaimed wetsuit brand Neon to establishing Newquay locals’ favourite hangout, Gilmore’s Mexican Restaurant (an eclectic mix of tacos, tequila and crazy golf), it’s truly amazing how much she’s achieved. But where did this drive come from? Elsie will be sharing the story of her dysfunctional upbringing that led her to make her own rules, and discover that life really is what you make of it.

Liam Martin
Filmmaker Liam Martin ‘unconsciously changed his life’ by quitting his job, buying a pizza delivery moped and driving all the way to a Greek island, just for the heck of it. He’ll be telling the story of why having no ambition, no money and no idea taught him how to live. And incidentally led him to carve out a successful film career. Now that’s something we can get on board with.

And continuing the theme with a musical slant…

Rosalie James
Rosalie is a singer/songwriter who writes and performs hook-laden pop songs that centre round captivating stories. At Firelight she’ll be taking to the keyboard and serenading us with cover songs that reflect the journey she’s been on, so far. A sort of live Desert Island Discs, if you will.

*Beers courtesy of our friends at Sharp’s.


We seriously can’t wait to light the fire and set these stories loose.

If you haven’t already, book your FREE tickets (numbers are limited so don’t hang around).

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