5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 16th Apr 2018
5 speakers, 15 minutes each
Ruby Wax is a successful comedian, TV writer and performer of over 25 years. Ruby additionally holds a Master's degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University, and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to mental health. She is the author of books Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, and has toured all over the world with the accompanying one-woman shows. Both books have reached the number one spot on The Sunday Times bestsellers list. Her latest book, How to Be Human: the Manual was published in 2018.
Alex Beard has worked in education for a decade. After starting out as an English teacher in an inner-city comprehensive, he completed his MA at the Institute of Education before joining Teach For All, a growing network of independent organizations working to ensure that all children fulfil their potential, and working on projects for the European Commission and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Alex is fortunate to spend his time travelling the world in search of the practices that will shape the future of learning and has written about his experiences for the Independent, Financial Times and Wired. His book Natural Born Learners is a user's guide to transforming learning in the twenty-first century, taking readers on a dazzling global tour into the future, from the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley to the exam factories of South Korea, Finland's inclusive classrooms to the French school without teachers. It will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 12th April.
Suzanne O’Sullivan has been a consultant in neurology since 2004, working first at the Royal London Hospital and then as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She also works for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. Alongside her work with those suffering from physical diseases, she has developed expertise in working with patients with psychogenic disorders. Her book exploring the real world of psychosomatic illness All in Your Head was the winner of the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize. Her new book, Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of Neurology, to be published in April 2018, examines the stories of people whose symptoms are so strange even their doctor struggles to know how to solve them.
Luke Harding is a Guardian foreign correspondent who has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. His last book Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House published in November 2017 tackles the subject of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.
John Preston is a former Arts Editor of the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph. For ten years he was the Sunday Telegraph's television critic and one of its chief feature writers. He is the author of a travel book and four novels. His last novel, A very English Scandal, published in 2017, tells the story of Jeremy Thorpe, former leader of the Liberal party, and sadly famous for being the first British politician to stand trial for murder. BBC 1 announced an upcoming three-part television miniseries based on the novel, with Stephen Frears as director and Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw for the leading roles.