St James Residents' Association

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

8,000 miles and more – a talk by Satish Kumar

 CORRECTION: Please note that tickets for this talk are available from Royal & Derngate Box Office and not Northampton Museum and Art Gallery as mentioned in the original release.

Former monk and peace and environment activist Satish Kumar will be visiting Northampton to talk about his 8,000 walk around the world urging peace to world leaders. For over 50 years Satish has been quietly campaigning for peace.  Aged nine he left his family to join the wandering Jains and at 18 he decided he could achieve more back in the world and campaigned to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.
Inspired in his early 20s by British peace activist Bertrand Russell, Satish set of on an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage.  Carrying no money and depending on the kindness of strangers, he walked from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris to deliver a humble packet of ‘peace tea’ to the then leaders of the world’s four nuclear powers. In 1973 Satish settled in the UK and took up the post of editor of Resurgence, a position he has held ever since.  Over the years he has won many accolades and awards, including Honorary Doctorates from the universities of Plymouth and Lancaster and the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Abroad.  In 2005 he was a castaway on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and is also a regular on a range of other programmes including Thought for the Day.
The talk is at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 30 March at 8pm and is being staged as part of a series of events linked to the ‘Step into my Shoes’ exhibition, which is showing at the museum until 15 April.  Tickets priced £5 are available from the Royal & Derngate Box Office by calling 01604 624811 or visiting

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St James End before 1965

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