Creator of Cornwall’s award-winning Man Engine joins TEDxTruro line-up

The man behind Cornwall’s Man Engine, which was recently awarded ‘the best UK arts project’ by the National Lottery, is set to talk about how he brought the giant moving puppet to life at TEDxTruro 2017.

Will Coleman is among a group of four inspirational speakers added to TEDxTruro’s line up. The other speakers announced today, [insert date], will talk about transgender issues for children and young people, conservation and depression. TEDxTruro’s theme is ‘Beyond Barriers’ and will take place at Truro & Penwith College’s Truro campus on 27 October.

TEDxTruro curator and co-licensee Mandy Reynolds said: “The UK has never seen anything like the Man Engine before. Putting such an incredible project together against the odds, is the epitome of our ‘Beyond Barriers’ theme and we are so pleased that Will can share his story at TEDxTruro.

“These days it feels like we need the TED and TEDx movements more than ever, as the world becomes ever more uncertain. The new speakers that we have announced today each have a fascinating story to share and I’m sure will get our audience thinking and talking.”

The Man Engine was the largest mechanical puppet ever created in Britain, standing at 11.2 m tall. A third of Cornwall’s population turned out to watch him when he toured the county’s historic tin mining locations last year to celebrate 10 years of World Heritage site status. Will Coleman was the driving force behind the project. He will share the highs and lows of creating the cultural phenomenon at TEDxTruro.

Susie Green is the CEO of Mermaids, a charity that supports gender variant children, young people and their families. Susie will share her story at TEDxTruro and talk about her daughter Jackie’s transition, which happened at a time when there was little discussion or understanding about transgender issues. Jackie is happy in her own skin now, but society’s attitudes towards transgender people means that every day is still a challenge.

Professor Brendan Godley, the director of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter, Penryn campus, has studied sea turtles for over 20 years. At TEDxTruro, he will talk about these fascinating creatures and the use of satellite tracking in their conservation.

Emma Wright will be at TEDxTruro to talk about her experience of depression and how old fashioned communication in this day and age of digital technology is more important than ever.

Other speakers, already announced will cover topics including neurodiversity, endurance and what happens in our brains when we hear music.