We are delighted to announce a very special addition to our conference: Harry Leslie Smith, 93-year-old Second World War veteran, writer, and political activist. Harry will speak about his own experience of conflict and homecoming, and participants of the conference will have the opportunity to engage with him in a Q&A followed by a wine reception at the York Army Museum on the evening of 11 May. This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the museum; every attendee is warmly invited to join us for what promises to be an inspiring evening.
Harry served in the RAF during the Second World War and spent several years in Hamburg (Germany) during the aftermath, where he met his wife Friede. They returned to England together and later emigrated to Canada. Since his retirement, Harry has written four books, among them Love Among the Ruins (2009) and Harry’s Last Stand (2014). The latter has been described as “a furious poem dedicated to the preservation of the welfare state”. Harry writes regularly for the Guardian and speaks at political events, such as the 2014 Labour Party Conference. He runs a Twitter feed with over 88,000 followers which can be found @
Selected articles by Harry Leslie Smith: