A WORD FROM EMMA BRIDGEWATER: “Our opening event will be a stirring call to regenerate! Tim Smit, he who discovered the Lost Gardens of Heligan, dauntless creator of the Eden Project and all round hero of the West, will talk to us about gambling against long odds and bringing new jobs and optimism to Cornwall.”
TIM SMIT Thursday 8th June at 2pm – The Meakin Room SORRY SOLD OUT
Described as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, The Eden Project rose as a remarkable and ambitious venture to become one of the world’s greatest gardens. We are delighted to welcome Eden’s inspirational co-founder, the visionary Tim Smit, to open the 2017 Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival to share the story of the Project’s enormous success and how it has changed perceptions by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through art, drama and storytelling, whilst also living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration.
Tim will talk about the nature of entrepreneurship, his approach to environmentalism (‘pragmatism, with a touch of idealism’) and the passion for horticulture that also led him to restore the Lost Gardens of Heligan.