Paul Lashmar regularly hosts, chairs and gives talks on a variety of subjects
Friday 9 September 2016. Kind of Blue Revisited– Dorchester Arts Centre
A celebration of the classic Miles Davis album. In Part 1: Paul Lashmar tells the story of Kind of Blue with musical illustrations from the Frank Griffiths sextet. A jazz outreach project with Frank Griffith (Brunel University). Fourth in series of Jazz Education. Sell out event.
Friday 13th November 2015 6.30pm at The Electric Palace, Bridport
Paul Lashmar in conversation with Fergus Byrne – More Lives Than One: The Extraordinary Life of Felix Dennis
Canny, infuriating, cynical and generous by turns, Felix Dennis was a true polymath whose astonishing story of relative rags to phenomenal riches is told with insight and sensitivity by Fergus Byrne, publisher and editorial director of The Marshwood Vale Magazine.
Byrne had regular access to Dennis and his personal archive for this authorised biography and got to know him well. The early rebellious years started with Dennis as a grammar school drop-out, playing in a rock n’ roll band and being charged with obscenity relating to the infamous ‘schoolkids’ issue of the Sixties underground magazine: Oz. Then he founded Dennis Publishing, which became a pioneering publisher of computer, hobbyist and lifestyle magazines and subsequently the flagship brand The Week.
Dennis survived a self-destructive phase to become an industrious businessman and generous philanthropist, planting trees, writing poetry and creating a magnificent home in Warwickshire where he died in June 2014.
Other events include:
Oct 2014 – Brunel University Council Chamber
Anthony Barnett as part of the The State We Are In, Now series of seminars reviewing the 20 years since Will Hutton’s ground-breaking book was published.
February 2012 – Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester
Jon Lee Anderson of the New Yorker, Iraq, Afghanistan and The Arab Spring at the Thomas Hardye School as part of their community lecture series. In association with the Rotary Club (All 500 tickets were taken up)
May 2011 – Inside Kind of Blue – Bridport Arts Centre
A celebration of of the classic Miles Davis album. In Part 1: Paul Lashmar tells the story of Kind of Blue with musical illustrations from the Frank Griffiths sextet
Feb 2011 – In conversation with David E.Hoffman, Frontline Club
David E. Hoffman, who worked for 27 years as a reporter and editor at The Washington Post, will be at the Frontline Club to discuss the relationship between US president Ronald Reagan and Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev and the dying days of the Cold War. Author of The Dead Hand, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative history of this era, David E. Hoffman covered the White House during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and was Moscow Bureau chief from 1995 to 2001.
From the discovery of a Soviet biological warfare machine to the refusal of Gorbachev in 1985 to compete in Reagan’s massive “Star Wars” weaponry programme, Hoffman tells the inside story of this fascinating era, including the little-known story of the Soviet semi-automatic retaliatory system known as the Dead Hand, a Doomsday Device that would leave the fate of Earth in the hands of three surviving duty officers buried deep underground in a concrete, globe-shaped bunker.
July 2009 – Reporting the financial crisis, City University
Paul chaired a panel discussion Reporting the financial crisis at the Centre for Investigative Journalism summer school at City University. Panellists: Ann Pettifor, author of The First World’s coming Debt Crisis (2006) and Tony Hillier, chairman of Stauffenberg Capital.
July 2008 – Discussion on Narco Wars – Can the war be won?, Frontline Club
Paul chaired this panel discussion with panel members Mike Trace, former deputy drugs czar David Raynes, former senior Customs executive and Danny Cushlick of Transform.
Nov 2008 – Media Talk on Predicting the Crash, in association with the CIJ at 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ
Chaired by Paul Mason (BBC), Paul Lashmar (CIJ), Gillian Tett (Financial Times), Ann Pettifor (author of The Coming First World Debt Crisis).
March 2007 – The Media School, Bournemouth University
Chris Morris Satirist, Comic Writer and Actor. Chris is perhaps most well known for his satires on the conventions of TV broadcasting (The Day to Day and Brass Eye) and the device of “tricking celebrities and politicians into throwing their support behind public awareness campaigns for made-up issues that were often absurd or surreal in the extreme (such as a designer drug called ‘cake’ and an elephant with its trunk stuck up its anus). . .
Nov 2006 – Billy Bragg, Bridport Arts Centre
Singer-songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg made an appearance at the, to promote his new book, The Progressive Patriot – A Search For Belonging. The new work, part polemic, part biography, examines questions of national identity and belonging in modern Britain. In a discussion with journalist Paul Lashmar, Billy Bragg talked about the need for a set of English values and reminds us of the significance of fairness in British history.
To a full audience, Bragg deliberated on the positives of a multi-cultural Britain saying that today ‘to be British is to be ‘other’. Inspiring the listeners to become involved in local and national politics, he talked about his rediscovery of family and local history and why listening to Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Scarborough Fair’ was his first patriotic experience. At a time when the government is resorting to ID cards in increased ‘big brother-esque’ activities, Bragg also reminded us that this country has been built on people’s defiance of unjust authority.
An interesting talk covering important issues, and something that members of the Youth Page were glad they attended.
Sept 2005 – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on Kill It, Eat It, Film It – Inside the River Cottage, Electric Place, Bridport
In the first of a new series of Wessex Media Group Event, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and his business partner Andrew Palmer of Keo Films gave an early evening seminar and answered Hugh and a range questions from Chairman Paul Lashmar and members of the audience.
With many series of ‘River Cottage’ under their belts, Hugh and Andrew told of the triumphs and tribulations of taking a spark of an idea all the way through to the status of a well regarded brand.
Wessex Media Group chairman Gordon Cooper opened the evening, well attended by TV professionals and other interested parties. In keeping with the River Cottage and Wessex Media Group ethos food and drink for the event was locally produced.