5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 18th Nov 2013
Kate Mosse is a novelist, non fiction writer, playwright and short story writer. The first of her Languedoc Trilogy, Labyrinth, was a multi million worldwide bestseller and critical success on an international scale. The second and third instalments, Sepulchre and Citadel, followed in its footsteps, becoming critical and commercial successes internationally. Kate is on the Board of the National Theatre in London, and is the Co-Founder & Chair of the Board of the Women's Prize for Fiction - previously the Orange Prize, and, from 2014, the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. She was awarded an OBE in June 2013 for services to literature. In October 2013, her first ever collection of short stories – The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales – was published.
Chuck Palahniuk is an American writer. He is the author of twelve best-selling novels, which have sold over five million copies in the US alone. He is perhaps best known for his first published novel Fight Club (1996), which was adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominee David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter, which, along with the novel, has gone on to acquire cult status. He has confirmed that a sequel is in the works, which will take the form of a graphic novel. In addition to his fiction, noted for its idiosyncratic style and extreme content, Palahniuk is a freelance journalist, and has published a collection of his non-fiction writings, Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories (2004), and the autobiographical Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon (2003). His latest novel, Doomed, is released in autumn 2013.
Charlotte Higgins is the chief arts writer for the Guardian. She is the writer of Latin Love Lessons (2007), on the subject of the place of Ovid in contemporary life, It's All Greek to Me (2008), and most recently Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain (2013). She writes regularly on classical music.
John Lloyd is a television producer and writer. He created Not the Nine O'Clock News and Spitting Image, and produced all four series of Blackadder. More recently, he has co-produced BBC2's QI, and is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Museum of Curiosity. A friend of the late Douglas Adams, Lloyd also co-wrote several episodes of Adams' lauded radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. His forthcoming book is Afterliff a follow up to The Meaning of Liff co-written with Douglas Adams in 1983. The book uses place names to describe the many hundreds of common experiences, feelings, situations and even objects which we all know and recognize, but for which no words exist. This text uses place names to describe some of these meanings.
Pen Vogler works in publishing and is the editor of Penguin's Great Food series. She has given talks and tastings on food in history, including on meals and dining in the Georgian era, throughout the UK. She has appeared on television, cooking and discussing recipes, including on Mrs Dickens' Family Christmas on BBC2 with Sue Perkins. She has also written on the subject for the Guardian, the Observer, and The Lady. Dinner with Mr. Darcy: Recipes Inspired by the Novels and Letters of Jane Austen is out now.