Autumn Debate, Wed Sept 28th


SEAN O’CALLAGHAN wins the autumn debate with his insights into the totalitarian mindset.


“To tackle extremism we must recognise what unites totalitarians.”

Sean O’Callaghan is a writer and expert on exremist ideology. He is also a former member of the IRA. In 1988 he handed himself in and was given a 539-year prison sentence by a Belfast court before finally being pardoned in 1997. His most recent book was published this year, marking the anniversary of th Easter Rising “James Connolly: My Search for the Man, the Myth and his legacy”.‘The Informer’, was published in 1999.



“What Britain needs now is hygge.”

Signe Johansen is a Norwegian chef, author and journalist, with a special interest in the anthropology and ‘soft power’ of food and Nordic culture. She ran the acclaimed EastScandi supper club in London, which was featured in the New Yorker. Her forthcoming book, “How to Hygge” (Panmacmillan), explores how hygge (which roughly translates to “cosiness” but encompasses humanity and empathy) is central to the Nordic sense of happiness and wellbeing.



“Demagogues are a necessary menace.”

Richard Mollet was a parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party in South West Surrey in 2010. He is currently head of European Government Affairs at the RELX Group, which owns Elsevier and LexisNexis, working on public policy issues on copyright, digital rights and Brexit. Previously he spent five years as CEO of The Publishers Association.

LOCATION: St Peter De Beauvoir, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA

TIME: Arrive at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm starts. Ends at 9.30pm.

ADMISSION: Free. We encourage donations.


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