The Conversation: Speakers Announced
, ,

at The Tabernacle on December 10, 2015 in London, England. On Human Rights Day, Emma Thompson, President of the Helen Bamber Foundation, and Colin Firth join survivors of torture and the charity's refugee choir Woven Gold at an event to explore the human stories behind the statistics.

Announcement: We are thrilled to announce COLIN FIRTH will be joining The Conversation.

Emma Thompson, President of the Helen Bamber Foundation, invites you to the second annual Conversation on 8th December 2016 at the Emmanuel Centre.

This event will explore why survivors of extreme human cruelty, including torture and human trafficking, come to the UK seeking safety.

In conversation with our Patrons, we will hear stories from Refugees who have been through the asylum journey and who are now, with the help of the Helen Bamber Foundation, rebuilding their lives.

The evening will also include music by the Helen Bamber Foundation’s Refugee Choir, Woven Gold.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

In partnership with


The Helen Bamber Foundation Patron speakers include:

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is one of the world’s most respected talents for her versatility in acting as well as screenwriting. She is the sole artist thus far to have received an Academy Award for both acting and screenwriting. She has more than 75 acting and screenwriting credits including award winning roles in Howards End, The Remains of the Day, Nanny McPhee, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually and Saving Mr. Banks. Emma has been at the forefront of the Helen Bamber Foundation since it was established in 2005, first as Chair of Trustees and now as President. She co-curated “Journey,” an interactive art installation which used seven transport containers to illustrate the brutal and harrowing experiences of women sold into the sex trade.

Fergal Keane

Fergal Keane began his career in journalism in 1979 as a reporter on the Limerick Leader before moving to The Irish Press. His first taste of broadcasting was with RTE News. From 1990 to 1994 his reports covered the township unrest in South Africa, the first elections following the end of apartheid and the genocide in Rwanda. He won the Amnesty International Press Awards in 1993 and won an Amnesty television prize in 1994 for his investigation of the Rwandan genocide, Journey Into Darkness. He has also been awarded a BAFTA. A columnist for The Independent, he writes for a range of publications and is the author of several books, including Season of Blood, and A Stranger’s Eye. In 2010, he published his first major history work Road of Bones: the Siege of Kohima 1944, an account of the epic battle which halted the Japanese invasion of India.

Colin Firth

A classically trained British theatre actor, Academy Award winner Colin Firth is a veteran of film, television and theatre, with an impressive body of work spanning over three decades.He has appeared in three films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture: “The King’s Speech,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “The English Patient.” His performance as King George VI in “The King’s Speech” garnered an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, British Independent Film Award, Critics’ Choice Award and his second consecutive BAFTA Award in 2011.

Lyse Doucet

Lyse Doucet is a Canadian journalist who is the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent. She presents on BBC World Service radio and BBC World News television and also reports for BBC Radio 4 and BBC News in the United Kingdom, including reporting and occasionally presenting for Newsnight and World News Today. She also makes and presents documentaries, such as Children of Syria with Robin Barnwell, which was nominated in the Best Single Documentary category at the 2015 BAFTA Awards.

James Naughtie

James Naughtie is one of the UK’s most well-known British radio presenters. For over 20 years he has been one of the main presenters of the Today programme and has written and presented many documentaries for Radio 4. He has anchored all Radio 4’s election specials for more than a decade and has worked on every US presidential election since 1988. That aAmerican interest was the subject of his second book on the Blair era, The Accidental American (2004). Another special interest is music and he has presented the Proms since 1992. He is chancellor of Stirling University, was voted Sony Radio Awards Radio Personality of the Year in 1991 and Voice of the Listener & Viewer Award in 2001.