BEE-LIEVE - MARCH 21 - 11.07am
Standing-up for bees
On such a beautiful bright March morning, it seemed only right and proper to attend the talk on bees by Sarah Wyndham Lewis who, despite being labelled as a ‘beekeeper and gardener’ in the festival brochure, was keen to point out straightaway that she is in fact neither. Which frankly was a tad worrying.
However, soon all became clear: back in 2007, together with her husband Dale Gibson, they co-founded ‘Bermondsey Street Bees’, a beekeeping and sustainability consulting business that went on to win the Small Artisan Producer of the Year prize at the 2016 Great Taste Awards (as well as the ‘Best Honey in London’ award at both the 2011 and 2017 National Honey Shows).
So, as it happens, she clearly does know a thing or two about our pollen-dusted friends (despite being allergic to their stings).
A journalist by trade, Wyndham Lewis nicely juggled a presentation that was both hugely informative and unashamedly passionate, and I challenge anyone to exit a talk on bees and not feel intrinsically better (hell, I’m still grinning now).
WHAT A WAY TO GO! - MARCH 25 - 3.19pm
LIKE A WARMING BRANDY ON A COLD NIGHT - MARCH 24 - 4.38pm
GOD THEY WERE SMART - MARCH 24 - 4.08pm
PAINFULLY JOYFUL - MARCH 24 - 11.23am
THE OLDER WOMAN’S BIBLE - MARCH 24 - 9.09am
A GUILTY PLEASURE - MARCH 23 - 3.29pm
DEPRESSING? NOT A BIT OF IT! - MARCH 22 - 5.39pm