Wednesday 15th May 2013



Experience changes you, and we’re not talking about a new age, hippy mantra here but instead in a quantifiable, scientifically proven way.  KCL's epi-geneticist Professor Tim Spector will be on hand to explain his work which has proved if you practise a subject for six hours a day and master it, your brain will show recognisable changes both in large-scale anatomy and crucially in your genetic make up.  With everything you do and learn in your life you can alter your genes, and with it the genetic package you hand over to the next generation.  Tim Spector will be opening the first Salon North of the Year with his research in to this cutting edge scientific area. 

Next on the Salon North stage, famed classicist and award winning broadcaster, journalist and comedian Natalie Haynes who will introduce her ancient guide to modern life.   She’ll show us exactly what Greeks and the Romans did for us by using the work of the sages to show how capable of change we all are.   Whether it’s change on a personal or global level the ancients have seen it all before and have plenty to say about it. 

Finally we will be asking you to change right there at Salon North by firing up some new neural pathways as we introduce you to the skill of lateral thinking. QI writer and world expert on joined-up thinking Stevyn Colgan will be leading us through a labyrinth of lateral thinking and leaving you with an essential tool for thinking differently.  Stevyn will show how you can unlock your creative thought and in doing so, help you to understand the mechanics behind lateral thinking.  In this master class he will give you the skills to go lateral on any problems you might be facing in your work, social or secret lives.

Salon North – massive ideas in intimate spaces. 




  • Natalie Haynes

    Natalie Haynes

    The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

    Natalie Haynes specialised early, taking triple Classics at A-level. She graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1996. She is an award-winning comedian, journalist, and broadcaster. She is a regular panellist on . . .
  • Stevyn Colgan

    Stevyn Colgan

    Six Degrees of Information

      Spotting connections is in my DNA. For thirty years I worked in criminal intelligence. I researched and analysed crimes and community problems and helped design solutions that were more permanent and sustainable than the usual . . .
  • Tim Spector

    Tim Spector


      Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and Director of the TwinsUK Registry, which is one of the worlds richest data collections on 11,000 twins. He trained as a physician with a career in . . .


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