• Adrienne Loftus Parkins

    Literature Consultant and Curator

    The Asian Word

    Adrienne is an independent curator, consultant and producer of live events focused on contemporary world literature. She works with publishers, galleries, museums, libraries, entertainment venues and media to promote the understanding of cultures through their writing and to encourage discussion of timely issues. Adrienne lived and worked in Canada, India, Singapore, China and the US, before landing in the UK in 1999. In 2002 she established a literature programme at Asia House in London and in 2006 founded, and directed until this year,  the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival – the only festival in the UK dedicated to writing about Asia. Adrienne co-founded Anamika, a women’s educational group in India, works closely with the Pan Asian Women’s Association to promote Asian women writers and works as a cross-cultural consultant to businesses. She is also on the steering committees of the British Council’s Korea Market Focus and Southbank’s Alchemy Festival.


Qualifying Round: Cheltenham 2015/16

DEBATE: Doping in Sport

Qualifying Round: Cheltenham 2014/15

DEBATE: Security Vs Privacy

Qualifying Round: Cheltenham 2014/15

DEBATE: Fracking

Qualifying Round: Kensington & Chelsea 2013/14

DEBATE: Green Energy

Qualifying Round: Hounslow 2012/13

DEBATE: Energy Futures

Qualifying Round: Hounslow 2012/13

DEBATE: Tax Avoidance


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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