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Let IT Go: Dame Stephanie Shirley in Conversation With Trudy Gold


Wednesday 20 March, 8pm
£10 in advance (£12 at the door)
“The money I have let go has brought me infinitely more pleasure than the money I have hung on to”

Dame Stephanie Shirley is one of Britain's leading philanthropists and has donated most of her life to helping good causes, especially those close to her heart.

In Let IT Go, her fascinating memoir Dame Stephanie charts her life from her time as a child in Germany and arrival in England as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee through to her retirement and dedication to charity.

It is an amazing read which will take you through the entire range of emotions - from happiness at the success of her original company Freelance Programmers through to the ultimate sadness of losing her only child.

Dame Stephanie Shirley (79) is a successful entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. She was appointed the first ever national Ambassador for Philanthropy in 2009/10.

Having arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied child refugee in 1939, she started a software house that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women (especially in hi-tech) along the way.

Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy based on her strong belief in giving back to society. Her charitable Shirley Foundation has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature, strategic in impact and significant in money terms. She concentrates on IT and autism.

The word 'inspiring' is greatly overused, but Stephanie Shirley's story is one of those rare cases in which it truly applies. This book is an extraordinary tale of creativity and resilience, and of the power of well-targeted philanthropy to transform the world. Oliver Burkeman, Guardian Journalist and author.

Let IT Go was published on 29 October as an Ebook with Print on Demand.

The paperback edition is available to order from all normal book retailers and online stores.

Both eBook and paperback editions have been specially formatted by Andrews UK and include photographs from Dame Stephanie's personal collection.

An enhanced version is available for download on the Apple iBook Store, containing exclusive footage of Dame Stephanie herself.

Or buy at Waterstones through Give As You Live and they will donate 18p to charity, at no extra cost.