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Our 2021 Lecturer is George The Poet

We are delighted that George The Poet, musician, writer, campaigner and podcaster, has agreed to deliver the 2021 Longford Lecture. His theme will be ‘Change From The Inside: What is possible inside prisons, that is not possible on the outside?’  The lecture will take place at Church House, Westminster, on Thursday November 11 at 6.30pm.  Because of Covid, capacity in the Assembly Hall will be reduced to 70% to facilitate social distancing, so be sure to book as soon as you can.  In the chair will be the Channel 4 broadcaster, Jon Snow.  The event will be broadcast live on National Prison Radio and will, for the first time, be live-streamed on the Longford Trust website. It will feature the award of the Longford Prize and the reading of the Pinter Poem, and for the first time will see the inaugural Kevin Pakenham Award presented by Ronke Phillips Pakenham. 


About George

George is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage, who has worked with National Prison Radio, and with prisoners in various UK jails. His musical poetry is critically acclaimed and he has appeared as a social commentator on Question Time and regularly on Radio 4. His ‘Have You Heard George’s Podcast’  has won many awards, both here and in the States.

The trust makes no charge for tickets – the event is open to all (but you must have a numbered ticket to be admitted). We do ask that those who can make a donation (below) via Just Giving of £10, or more, per ticket to support our work.

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Sara Boxer

What will happen next?

After registering, you will receive an email from us. Numbered tickets will be send out by post on a first-come basis, with details of the additional measures we are taking at the event because of Covid. We will have a waiting list for returns. At present the rules around Covid make it possible to hold the event. If the situation changes, we will keep you informed. All queries to Sara Boxer at office@longfordtrust.org

  • The Longford Lecture returns with George The Poet as our speaker
  • Special Covid measures will be in place at the event
  • If you can afford to make a Just Giving donation in lieu of your ticket, please do so above
  • Revisit past lectures in pictures and print