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24 March 2018, 8:00pm to 24 March 2018, 9:30pm
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Join us for our early spring Cumberland Conversation on 'Freedom in Captivity', with Terry Waite CBE, humanitarian and author.

During five years as a hostage in Beirut, Terry Waite suffered the restrictions of solitary confinement, without access to books, communications or social contact. He had to learn to come to terms with solitude and felt compelled to make it a liberating experience.

In conversation with the Principal of Cumberland Lodge, Canon Dr Edmund Newell, Terry Waite will offer insights into combating the loneliness of captivity, and using solitude creatively in everyday life, to contribute towards the betterment of society.

There will be time for audience questions and Terry will be selling and signing copies of three of his books, Solitude: Memories, People Places (2017), Out of the Silence: Memories, Poems, Reflections (2016), and Taken on Trust (25 year anniversary edition).

The evening will finish at around 9.45pm.

The Royal School

This event will be held in the Vinery Hall at The Royal School (SL4 2HP), a short drive from Cumberland Lodge. Please follow signposts to The Royal School. 

Advance registration

Admission is free of charge but places must be booked in advance.  To book, please contact Friends & Alumni Outreach Officer Emma Albery at on 01784 497790, Executive Assistant to the Principal Deborah West on 01784 497785, or email

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