SOAS University of London

SOAS Food Studies Centre

Real Bread: The Uprising

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Date: 12 September 2015Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 12 September 2015Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre and Suite

Type of Event: Conference

The event

The event

Organised by the SOAS Food Studies Centre and the Real Bread Campaign this all-day event will be the largest UK Real Bread gathering since 2009.

Real Bread: The Uprising invites domestic, community, therapeutic and professional bakers and all non-baking dough nuts to hear from leading Real Bread bakers; meet and chat with fellow breadheads; and share ideas, information and lunch.


The main topics being chewed over during the day will be:

  • Therapeutic and social baking: Bread making and mental health, baking social enterprise, community and companionship, parallels with other therapeutic manual crafts.
  • The business of baking: Starting, running and scaling up a microbakery, Community Supported Bakery or other small, local Real Bread enterprise.
  • Sourdough: What is it, how do I start baking it, how do I improve?
  • Seed to sandwich: Ancient and heritage grains, traditional milling, homebaking, Real Bread’s place in different cultures from around the world.

Full Programme


The keynote speaker is Andrew Whitley, author of the books Bread Matters and Do Sourdough; and cofounder of the Real Bread Campaign.  The panel Q&A sessions will be chaired by Kath Dalmeny, coordinator of the food and farming charity Sustain.

Other experts so far confirmed to lead conversation groups include:

  • Tom Baker (Loaf)
  • Francesca Barker (The Barker Baker)
  • Aidan Chapman (Bread Ahead and River Cottage)
  • Gerry Danby (Artisan Food Law)
  • Maria Deveraux (Growing Health)
  • Jessica Doyle (Homebaked Anfield)
  • Andrew Forbes (The Brockwell Bake Association)
  • Fergus Jackson (Brick House Bread)
  • Jane Mason (Virtuous Bread / Bread Angels)
  • Julia Ponsonby (Schumacher College)
  • Carole Roberts (Love Bread CIC)
  • Max Tobias (Dusty Knuckle Bakery)
  • companions from Ruskin Mill Trust, School of Artisan Food and Leeds Bread Coop.

Please note that speakers are all attending voluntarily and the list is subject to change without notice.


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Organiser: SOAS Food Studies Centre and the Real Bread Campaign

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