The Smith Lecture​​

The third annual Smith Lecture was held on December 9th 2019. The historian and broadcaster Dr David Starkey was this year's speaker, in front of a sell-out audience at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster. Dr Starkey spoke on Brexit & the Constitutional Crisis. The event was filmed, and was subsequently viewed by 130,000 people.


September 2018 saw the second annual NCF Smith Lecture, which was delivered by Nigel Farage MEP. The title was Social Media: The New Battleground for Free Speech. It was livestreamed and has been viewed by nearly 250,000 people. 

The inaugural Smith Lecture in June 2017 was delivered by the bestselling author and broadcaster Douglas Murray, on the themes of his critically acclaimed book The Strange Death of Europe.

Speakers at the New Culture Forum have also included:​

  • Robin Aitken, Author and journalist

  • Martin Amis, Novelist

  • Richard Bean, Playwirght

  • Katharine Birbalsingh, Education campaigner

  • Chris Campbell, The National Theatre

  • Hugh Canning, Opera critic, Sunday Times

  • Natalie Clein, Cellist

  • James Delingpole, Author and journalist

  • Matthew Elliott, Founder, Taxpayers Alliance

  • Michael Gove MP

  • Jonah Goldberg, Author

  • Stephen Hough, Pianist

  • Jeremy Hunt MP

  • Owen Jones, Author and columnist

  • Roger Kimball, Founder, The New Criterion

  • Ruth Mackenzie, Director, 2012 Cultural Olympiad

  • Minette Marrin, Columnist, Sunday Times

  • Douglas Murray, Author and broadcatster

  • Richard D. North, Author and broadcaster

  • Melanie Phillips, Author and journalist

  • Shelly Silas, Playwright

  • Stephan Shakespeare, Founder, YouGov

  • Anthony Seldon, Educationalist and author

  • Nick Starr, Execuitve Director, National Theatre

  • Petroc Trelawny, BBC Radio 3

  • Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive, Arts & Business

  • Ed Vaizey MP

  • Roger Wright, Director, BBC Promenade Concerts

  • Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE, RDI

  • Justin Webb, BBC North American Editor

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