Line up for Morley’s cultural event of the year

Lord Robert Winston meets science pupils at Tapton School in Sheffield after they presented at a conference he attended
Lord Robert Winston meets science pupils at Tapton School in Sheffield after they presented at a conference he attended
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The cultural event of Morley’s calendar year will soon hit the town with a host of high-profile guests – and another big name has signed up.

From September 27, a wide range of headliners will appear over 35 days, including former political high-flyer Michael Portillo and one late addition – celebrity scientist Professor Robert Winston.

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Festival director Rachael Kennedy said: “We feel this additional event will bring a different dimension to the festival with an informative and insightful talk.”

To celebrate the event’s 10 year anniversary, organisers have changed Morley Literature Festival into Morley Arts Festival and added 28 days to the programme.

It will include walks, talks, workshops, performances and activities boasting many different art forms.

Prof Winston will appear at the town hall as part of his book tour for Modifying Humans: Where Will Genetics Stop? on October 28 from 7pm.

He is a Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London.

The scientist is known for developing gynaecological surgical techniques that improved fertility treatments in the 1970s. He later pioneered new treatments to improve in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and developed pre-implantation diagnosis.

Prof Winston is also celebrated for his TV presenting – he was the face of shows such as Superhuman, Human Instinct and the BAFTA award-winner The Human Body.

Michael Portillo was defence and education secretary during John Mayor’s Conservative government.

More recently he has carved out a career as presenter on BBC programmes like Great British Railway Journeys and its continental counterpart. His talk at the festival will be titled Life: A Game of Two Halves, appearing at Morley Town Hall on October 11 from 7pm-8.30pm for £8.

Organisers have said the Germaine Greer event has been cancelled “for reasons beyond our control.”

The festival begins at Morley Town Hall on September 27.

The event’s main patron, children’s writer Gervaise Phinn, will take a look back at the festival’s 10-year history.

For a full list of times and details, go to www.morleyartsfestival.co.uk

Or to buy tickets go to www.eventbrite.co.uk