Biographies of Tutors & Speakers

Celia Allaby

has a post graduate diploma in human rights and global ethics and looks to unpack issues with other interested people. She has enjoyed a career in education – both teaching children and advising teachers on best practice. Most recently she has been working with education ministries in developing countries to make curriculum changes in state schools; improving life chances. Travel to Africa and elsewhere has provided insights into the crucial importance of supporting human rights globally as she has seen close-up the effects of not taking them seriously enough.

David Bescoby

is a fully qualified medical herbalist and runs a busy East Suffolk practice from Beccles and Wickham Market. He is a member of the National Institute for Medical Herbalists and an honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia. Dave’s interest in botanical medicine and traditional healing arts spans over 25 years; he is a passionate promoter of the importance of botanical medicine in contemporary healthcare.

Andrew Casey

Studied at the Leeds College of Art.  He is a practicing artist and has exhibited his work both in London and locally at the Denis Taplin Gallery in Woodbridge, the Pond Gallery in Snape and the Upstairs Gallery in Beccles. He has been associated with the Ipswich Art Society (est. 1874) since the mid eighties and is an Honorary member. In 1987 Andrew formed the Young Blood group to promote the visuals arts created by young people.

Andrew is a well established author on the subject of twentieth century design chiefly ceramics. He has written several books on the subject and lectured in several prestigious venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Society of Arts and the Morley College in London.

Dr Nick Clark

is the Librarian at Britten Pears Arts. During the first part of his career he taught a range of courses focusing on all major periods in English Literature. In 2002 he switched fields professionally and came to work at the Library and Archive at The Red House, Aldeburgh.

Wendy Gilbert

We welcome back Wendy who has successful experience of teaching classes at the library and elsewhere in the area.

Craig Girling

Craig Girling is a commercial photographer, specialising in interiors. He is part self-taught, and part formally trained in photography as part of his studies in 3D design. He worked in London as an interior designer, before switching to interior photography in 2011. His approach to photography is structured and methodical, and believes that you must master your tools, to master your art.

Colin Harbin

Colin studied languages at Durham and Leicester universities. He is interested in all aspects of French Literature and culture, particularly in the history of the French language. He has taught French to adults for a number of years and believes firmly that the learning process should be fun.

Professor David Worrall & Dr Georgina Lock

David Worrall is Emeritus Professor at Nottingham Trent University. His books on 18th century theatre history have been published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. He is grateful for grants and fellowships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Houghton Library (Harvard), Lewis Walpole Library (Yale) and the Australian National University. Georgina writes short stories, plays, screenplay and has made four short films.  From 2002 -2017, she was Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. She has created and is performing (most recently on zoom) two solo shows, 'The Walled Up Woman' - in the character  of a medieval anchoress in voluntary lockdown alongside a church and 'Lady in a Veil '- in the character of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu who introduced inoculation against smallpox from Turkey to England in 1721. She is currently co writing a play about slavery in England with David Worrall.

Steve Massey

Steve Massey  has an enduring interest in the natural world and its varied wildlife, especially wildflowers. Steve worked part time at RSPB Minsmere and has led walks and identification courses for various Wildlife Trusts and other organisations

Chris Milton

has been involved with courses in Aldeburgh since their instigation in 2012 when he worked at The Red House. After studying music at Oxford and Cambridge he has worked in arts and heritage education and is now a freelance musician, tutor and writer both in the UK and the US.

Adrian Nicholson

taught English as a foreign language in Spain, where he lived for 15 years, leading him to train for and be awarded a CELTA qualification. Primarily he is a musician and Music teacher with a Bachelor of Music degree and PGCE and was initially drawn to Spain in order to further his guitar playing. At present, in addition to teaching Guitar and Piano, he is organist at Aldringham and Orford churches.

Sue Pine

is a specialist in Religious Education and Philosophy. She was a high school head of RE for 17 years. Nowadays she concentrates on adult education and teaches Philosophy for the WEA and Coastal Leisure Learning. She teaches classes in the ancient Chinese exercise system, Chi Kung.

Dr Graham Platts

A graduate of the Universities of York, Birmingham and Bath. He studied English literature before specialising in late medieval culture and society in England, then worked in schools and education management/administration in this country and overseas. Since his retirement he has been active in adult education as a tutor for the WEA and also finds time to write and research social and economic life in the fourteenth century

Louise Quirke

After studying Italian and French at university, Louise did a PGCE and taught at Cheltenham Ladies College for four years. Following seven years in full-time teaching, she did a Masters on Renaissance studies at the Warburg Institute and was awarded a scholarship to the Vatican Library to carry our further research. While in Rome she worked in an administrative role in an Italian publishing house. She has recently returned to Italian teaching and now teaches groups and individuals

Coral Stebbings

is a local, popular, well-known, and very experienced Dance Teacher and Examiner, Pilates and Fitness Instructor.

Lynne Walker

completed her work as Chair of ALF in November 2016 to take on the role of Chair of the Trustees of Pancreatic Cancer UK. She is one of the rare survivors of this disease, and is determined to drive forward improvements in research, access to treatment and better care for everyone. Lynne is also our very popular specialist for American Presidential Elections.

Lucy Walker

Dr Lucy Walker is Head of Public Engagement at Britten Pears Arts. Her day job finds her running the extensive events programme and overseeing learning projects at The Red House, and she makes occasional appearances as a speaker for other organisations - such as Snape Maltings, Glyndebourne, Britten Sinfonia and English Touring Opera. Outside work, her main interest is films and cinema history, mainly from the 'classic' Hollywood era, but also British cinema and more contemporary films

Derek Wyatt

Wyatt was Member of Parliament (MP) for the new constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey (1997-2010) having previously been a councillor in the London Borough of Haringey (1994–95) where he was also Chairman of Alexandra Palace.

He was on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee from 1997 to 2005 and the Public Accounts Committee in 2007 before becoming the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Minister for the Arts. In February 2009 he became PPS to Lord Mark Mallock-Brown at the Foreign Office. He chaired six all party committees in the House of Commons.