ICE Public Event: 22nd May 2018

Festival of Ideas Event

‘The Body’s Little Secrets’

Professor Geoff Beattie, Edge Hill University

Watch the conversation here: YouTube

The Body’s Little Secrets:  The darling of his academic colleagues after analysing Margaret Thatcher’s speech patterns, ‘Doc’ is suddenly considered the budding new expert on non-verbal communication. A human lie detector is how he likes to think of himself. A sound-proof laboratory in Cambridge, where he studied ‘natural communication’ ill-prepared him, however, for his next big research adventure – the grim streets of Sheffield.

In the late eighties the buzzword was ‘there is no such thing as society’. Sheffield certainly proves the point that it is about survival of the fittest. His invite to meet Big Lenny, a bouncer in Sheffield’s inner city does not start well with his icebreaker question – ‘Have you ever killed anyone?’

Part Lucky Jim, part culture clash, this is an autobiographical novel by one of Britain’s most distinguished psychologists.

Geoff Beattie will be in discussion about his new book with novelist and screenwriter, Helen Cross, whose award winning  and Yorkshire set debut ‘My Summer Of Love’ was adapted for the screen.

Geoff Beattie, Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University, is an internationally-renowned writer and broadcaster, best known for his detailed analyses of non-verbal communications. He was the on-screen psychologist on 11 series of Big Brother (UK), and has presented a number of shows for the BBC.


This event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2018

5.30pm Registration and Refreshments
6.00pm Event Start
7.00pm Event Close

Venue: The Tech Hub (building 15 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration:  closed.


Festival of Ideas 2018
Programmed by Edge Hill University’s Research Institutes, the Festival of Ideas is a series of talks, exhibitions and performances to engage academics, students and members of the public in conversations upon a common theme. This year throughout May and June, the festival will explore the prism of Equalities.
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