Interesting Talks is incredibly excited to announce that Shaun Attwood is speaking on 16th September. Shaun went a recreational drug user to becoming a drug "king pin" in America selling 30,000 ecstasy pills per week.
You can watch his Banged Up Abroad episode which has been released in the UK just this week, here (it is re-branded for different countries and copy-write issues) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaA9slilYu8
In this amazing talk Shaun is going to tell you what it was like making millions of dollars and reaching God like status selling drugs, to then being in one of America's most dangerous prisons.
Please be aware that this talk is not for the faint hearted. Shaun will be talking about the brutal conditions in jail including murder and gang rape.
Raised in a small chemical-manufacturing town in northern England, Shaun was the first from his family to go to university. As a penniless graduate, he took his business degree to Phoenix, and worked his way up to become a stock-market millionaire.
But he also led a double life. An early fan of the Manchester rave scene, Shaun headed an organisation that threw raves and distributed Ecstasy. On May 16th 2002, a SWAT team knocked his door down.
Facing a life sentence, Shaun entered a lengthy legal battle. After two years of being held unsentenced, Shaun was convicted of money laundering and drug offences. He was sentenced to 9½ years, and served almost 6.
Shaun had only read finance books prior to his arrest. While incarcerated, he submerged himself in literature – reading over 1000 books, including many classics. By studying original texts in psychology and philosophy, he sought to better understand himself and his past behaviour.
Shaun was released in December 2007, and continues to campaign against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He keeps Jon’s Jail Journal going by posting stories mailed to him by his prison friends.
In July 2008, he won a Koestler award for a short story, which he read to an audience at the Royal Festival Hall.
Shaun presently lives near London, and talks to student audiences across the UK and Europe about his jail experience and the consequences he faced from getting involved in drugs and crime.
In 2013, Shaun's story is being televised worldwide to over 50 million viewers as an episode of Locked-Up Abroad/Banged-Up Abroad.
Shaun will be selling copies of his books "Party Time" and "Hard Time" at the event.
Booking tickets: To book a ticket you need to click on “Attend” on the right hand side of the page. You will then be taken through to the payment page where you need a credit or debit card. Please note that although Paypal is used for payment, you do not need a Paypal account, just a credit or debit card.
We are not able to take payment in any other form. You can book up to 3 tickets maximum (you plus 2 guests).
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We have a waiting list system in place.
Venue: St James Church Conference Centre. Walk down Piccadilly on the left hand side, away from Piccadilly Circus until you reach Costa Coffee (part of the Waterstone’s building). We are then down the black metal stairs located about 10ft away from Costa.
Time: The Doors open at 6:30pm and the talk starts at 7pm sharp.
Please note that we no longer allow late admittance to the talks. Late arrivals are extremely disruptive to the speaker, the audience members and the recording of the event. If you arrive past 7pm and the speaker has started, then you will not be permitted to enter the venue until the break at 7:45pm.
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1. Change your RSVP to “not going”
2. Email me at [masked] and include your membership number (found on your profile page and indicate what talk you are cancelling and what talk you would like to attend instead.
Cash refunds are not available.
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