The Methodist Donald Soper, who spoke from 1926 - 1998, in 1997 © Philip Wolmuth
Tony Allen, anarchist performer, being arrested for swearing, 1979 © Philip Wolmuth
Sharley McLean being “sainted” by the "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" agit-prop group © Sharley McLean
Roy Sawh, released from prison, 1981 © Roy Sawh
Alfred Reynolds, poet philosopher and Hyde Park regular, friend of Richard Headicar, © Richard Headicar
Norman Schlund, a great entertainer who started speaking to overcome a stammer, 1978 © Philip Wolmuth
Speakers’ Corner owes its magnetism, in part, to its “variety show” atmosphere; it is possible to encounter all human life and then walk away. Regulars also form lasting bonds with a significant person, usually a mentor or somebody who reveals another mode of life.