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Our 2023 team is made up of volunteers based in England and Africa. We are diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, educational background, and political viewpoints. We give our time to this project on a voluntary basis because we're passionate about the values of humanism and we're keen to promote awareness and understanding of the humanist approach to life.

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David Brittain

Founding Editor

In 2019, my vision was to create a regional 'general-interest-to-humanists' magazine that might become big enough to attract a decent readership, but still able to report on local humanist groups, and local initiatives. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our team, Humanistically Speaking was launched on 1st January 2020 and we've gone from strength to strength since then. We've covered a huge variety of topics from a humanist angle, including the pandemic, the BLM protests, the invasion of Ukraine, and much much more. A big thank you to all of our contributors and readers!

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David Warden

Editor

I’m the Chairman of Dorset Humanists, Humanist Advisor to Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth Faith & Reflection Team, and an Honorary Member of Humanists UK. I regularly visit schools to inform students about humanism, both on my own and also with faith representatives. I'm also the humanist representative on the Bournemouth & Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee. I value Humanistically Speaking as a lively, independent grassroots magazine which aims to connect humanists around the world and raise awareness of humanism and the humanist outlook. 

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Aaron the Humanist

Design Editor and Writer

I aim to bring our storybook of words alive and make it visually appealing with graphics, images and some stylish design tinkering. I’m based in Dorset and have interests in fitness, outdoors, military, and psychology. My overall aim is to promote and grow humanism. I'm a former 'Humanist of the Year' for Dorset Humanists. 

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Maggie Hall

Writer

I'm a former Chair of Brighton Humanists, a volunteer school speaker and a retired teacher of Speech and Drama. I have a life-long interest in the power of the spoken and the written word and a very annoying tendency toward grammar pedantry. 

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John Coss

Assistant Editor and Writer

I’m Vice-Chair of Stockport Humanists and  was Secretary of Greater Manchester Humanists 2007-2015. I hope to provide some input to Humanistically Speaking from outside its region of origin, and contribute to its ongoing development as a lively and topical humanist magazine of interest to both local groups and those who are not members of a group.

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Lynda Tilley - Deceased

Writer

Lynda has very sadly died - see her obituary here. We will keep her with us on this page to the end of the year.

I was born in Zimbabwe, have lived most of my adult life in Tanzania, and currently live in South Africa.

 

I'm a founding member of 'United African Humanists' - a group comprising humanist leaders from nine African countries - who are  working together to solve Africa-wide issues with a vision, one day, of a secular continent.  I'm also on the Advisory Board Africa for Humanist Global Charity headquartered in California - my main focus is Uganda.

Outside of my humanist work I'm a freelance writer, mother of two wonderful teenage children, and we all share a home filled with rescued cats and dogs! 

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Paul Ewans

Writer

I'm a member of Humanists International, a Trustee of the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust, and I consider myself to be a Citizen of the World. When not struggling with ethical questions I spend my time learning about the history of progressive causes and growing vegetables.

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Penny Morgan

Writer

I'm a retired zoologist who specialised in bird behaviour, and took a post-retirement law degree. Now, I try to write thrillers with an animal welfare theme. I live in hope these will become best-sellers and turned into films. I love planting trees - you can never have enough. I feel passionately that conservation of biodiversity is the only way to save the planet.

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Alex Williams

Poet in Residence

I'm a singer, writer, actor and director. I organise and host the Dial Up Open Mic events, providing a much-loved platform for people to celebrate community and creativity in all its forms.

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Karl Singarvelan Raha

Writer

I’m of Indian origin and currently based in London. I’m a member of the Indian Humanist Group which is led by Babu Gogineni (a prominent humanist in India). I completed my master’s degree in human resource management at the University of Leeds. I’m from a pious Hindu community, but my questioning and learning attitude made me choose rationalism, humanism, socialism, reformism, progressivism and Democratic Confederalism (a Kurdistan political philosophy based on the principles of democratic self-organisation). I’m interested in speaking out against the caste system in India, gender-based inequality, economic inequality, children’s rights, worker rights and other inequalities.

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Anthony Lewis

Writer

I'm a retired geoscientist with a PhD in Geophysics from Durham University. I spent 30 years exploring for oil and gas around the world with Shell and BG Group. I'm the founding Chair of Windsor Humanists and the current Chair of the South Central England Humanist Network. I'm  a trained humanist school speaker and I sit on my local Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education to represent the non- religious perspective. I'm also active in two local interfaith groups in the East Berkshire area. In my spare time I love to create electronic music - my first album d-antz under the name antzlewis can be listened to on all main streaming and music sites. I'm a passionate advocate for innovation, science, new technology and for celebrating life in all its natural or virtual forms. I grew up in Northern Ireland during the 'Troubles' as an English Catholic boy. I asked too many questions and this brought an early end to my altar boy career at the age of eleven! I'm married to Rick and I'm a born optimist.

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