Life in the Slow Lane

By Tegen Evans, 6.2
On Tuesday, Harry Eyres, journalist, poet, environmentalist and wine critic, gave an insightful Civics on his life and career.

As writer of the Slow Lane column for the FT, Harry seeks to slow down the frenetic pace of modern life, focusing on the environment and the creative, less expensive pleasures: learning a poem by heart, enjoying a meal, bird-watching, going for a walk. Harry attended Eton before reading English at Cambridge, but his first experience of freedom came living (slowly) in Spain. Since then, his impressive assortment of jobs has occurred, modestly put, ‘by chance’.

It was an intriguing talk, followed by well-answered questions including a look into ‘slow education’ and the threat of the internet on journalism… All in all, an unhurried and entertaining feast of an evening.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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