Great British Bake-Off host, Sandy Toksvig, will give this year’s Adam Smith Lecutre.
The writer, broadcaster and political activist will be in Kirkcaldy for the Festival of Ideas which runs from March 16-18.
She follows a long line of big names who have given the lecture in honour of the Lang Toun economist and philanthropist whose writings have influenced a host of world leaders.
Toksvig is well known to radio and television audiences where her work has spanned everything from Radio 4’s I’m Sorry, I Haven’t A Clue to co-hosting Bake Off following its much-talked about move from BBC to Channel4.
She is also an author with over 20 published books to her name, and, in 2015 she set up the Women’s Equality Party, leaving her role as host of radio show The News Quiz to focus on the fledgling organisation she founded with journalist, Catherine Mayer.
The party, which has fielded its first election candidates north and south of the border, campaigns for gender equality to the benefit of all.
Toksvig will be the first woman to deliver the lecture which has a history dating back several decades and has been given by a host of prominent figures.
The distinguished speakers include Kofi Annan, UN General Secretary; Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, and Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve.
Sandi will focus on women’s equality when she takes to the stage of the Adam Smith on Friday, March 16, the opening night of the weekend-long festival.
Marilyn Livingstone,chief executive of the Adam Smith Global Foundation - the organisation leading the event - said: “Sandi, famed for standing up for women’s rights, and equality for all is the perfect choice for this year’s guest lecturer. She is a passionate devotee of women’s equality.
“We look forward to welcoming her to Kirkcaldy.”
Sandi has just completed her five-year term as Chancellor of Portsmouth and has written over 25 books Including fact and fiction.
She joins actor David Tenant on the 2018 bill – with more still to be announced.
Tenant will be the subject of a special ‘Audience with’ event at the theatre on Saturday, March 17 – and demand for tickets is expected to be huge.
There have been numerous enquries about tickets to see the former Dr Who and star of Broadchurch since his appearance was confirmed.
The organisers are working on a plan to put them on sale, from the box office on Saturday, February 3. Full details will be announced soon.
Tickets to the lecture will go on sale on the same day.
The 2018 festival is led by the global foundation with the support of a number of organisations including Fife Cultural Trust, Kirkcaldy area committee, Kirkcaldy4All and the Fife Free Press.
Arabella Weir, the actor and author, who appeared at the 2017 festival, has also been instrumental in putting together this year’s event.