• Date and time: Sunday 9 June 2024, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Book tickets

Event details

Journalist and presenter Ashley John-Baptiste tells the story of the UK's care provision from the inside, revealing his personal journey from early experiences in care to success.

Ashley’s recent memoir, Looked After, highlights not just the harshness of his experience, but also his extraordinary resilience in the darkest of times. Join Ashley as he shares his memories and speaks about the adults and social workers who impacted his early life and encouraged his aspirations.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too. 

Photo credit: Cebo Luthuli

About the speaker

Ashley John-Baptiste is an award-winning presenter and journalist. A frequent reporter and presenter across The One Show and BBC News, he also presents the BBC One daytime series Expert Witness and co-hosts Dr Xand's Con or Cure. Ashley grew up in foster and residential care in south-east London and faced school exclusions and suspensions as a child. As a teenager, Ashley gained a place to study history at Cambridge University and soon after graduating, Ashley fronted a BBC Three documentary about his childhood in care, which kickstarted his career as a BBC broadcaster. He is a much sought-after speaker, where he shares his journey with the aim of giving hope and insight to others.


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible