5 speakers 15 minutes each
Tue 12th Jul 2016
5x15: 5 speakers, 15 minutes each
The Old BBC Television Centre White City
Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at UCL and a barrister at Matrix Chambers. He was co-founder of FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development), and established the programmes on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the European Journal of International Law and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (Blackwell Press).As a practicing barrister he has extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the European Court of Justice. He is author of Lawless World on the illegality of the Iraq war, and Torture Team on liability for torture. His most recent book is East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
Emmy the Great is a London-based singer-songwriter. She has released three studio albums, First Love, Virtue and Second Love. First Love which was released on Emmy’s own label Close Harbour Records, was one of The New York Times’ Best Albums of the Year 2009. Her most recent album, Second Love, was released in 2016 by Bella Union. Emma has collaborated with a number of other artists including Dev Hynes, Fatboy Slim, alternative rock band Ash and Kate Nash. Emma has written for The Guardian, Vice Media music channel Noisey and for music magazine The Stool Pigeon. Second Love has been called ‘a spare synth-hymn to lust and wanderlust’ as well as ‘an affecting portrait of a millennial lost soul’.
DBC Pierre was born in 1961 in Reynella, Australia. He was brought up in Mexico and the UK, and now lives in County Leitrim, Ireland. He worked previously as a designer and an internationally published cartoonist and burst onto the literary stage with his debut novel Vernon God Little, a dark satire set in the aftermath of a Texas high school massacre published in 2003. It won the MAN Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award. Ludmila's Broken English, his second, was published in 2006. His most recent book Release the Bats explores how we tell our stories and what it means for a writing life. It is part memoir, part reflection and part practical guide.
Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of Mafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (nominated for the Orwell Prize) and The Snowden Files. Two of Harding’s books have been made into films; The Fifth Estate and Snowden. His most recent book is A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's War with the West.
Olivia Laing is a writer and critic. She's the author of To the River (2011) and The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink (2013). She's the former deputy literary editor of the The Observer and her writing has been variously compared to W.G. Sebald and Janet Malcolm. Her latest book The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone has been highly acclaimed.