5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 18th Sep 2017

5 speakers, 15 minutes each

The Tabernacle

7pm

Peter Godwin

Peter Godwin

Peter Godwin is a Zimbabwean author, foreign correspondent, documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. He has written for magazines and newspapers including Vanity Fair, National Geographic, New York Times magazine and Men’s Journal. He is the author of 5 books including Mukiwa, (which received the George Orwell prize and the Esquire-Apple-Waterstones award), When a Crocodile Eats the Sun - a Memoir of Africa, and The Fear- the last days of Robert Mugabe.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has previously served as President of PEN American Center. He lives in New York.

Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernières, who lives in Norfolk, published his first novel in 1990 and was selected by Granta magazine as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993. Since then he has become well known internationally as a writer, with Captain Corelli's Mandolin winning the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel in 1994. His sixth novel, the acclaimed Birds Without Wings, came out in 2004. A Partisan's Daughter (2008) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village was published in Autumn 2009, followed by de Bernieres’ first collection of poetry, Imagining Alexandria: Poems in Memory of Constantinos Cavafis, in 2013. His major new novel, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, was published in July 2015, and his new collection of poems, Of Love and Desire, appeared in February 2016. As well as writing, de Bernieres plays the flute, mandolin and guitar. He was born in London in 1954.  

Lucy Kellaway

Lucy Kellaway

For 31 years, Lucy Kellaway was an associate editor and columnist for the Financial Times. In her time at the FT, she also worked as energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and interviewer of business people and celebrities. She has become best known for her satirical commentaries on the limitations of modern corporate culture. She is the author of four books. In July 2017, she left the Financial Times to retrain as a maths teacher. She is the co-founder of Teach Now, a teacher training programme for experienced career changers looking to reapply their skills to the classroom.

Ned Beauman

Ned Beauman

Ned Beauman was born in 1985 in London. His debut novel Boxer, Beetle won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Fiction Book and the Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction. His second novel The Teleportation Accident was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Encore Award and a Somerset Maugham Award. His third novel Glow was published in 2014. He has been chosen by the Culture Show as one of the twelve best new British novelists and by Granta as one of the 20 best of British novelists under 40. His work has been translated into more than ten languages.  

Martine Wright

Martine Wright

Martine Wright MBE, 7/7’s most injured survivor, lost both legs in the Circle line bombing during the 2005 terrorist attacks in London, yet she considers herself a lucky woman with a whole new life of opportunities. Martine has since rebuilt her life, skydived, earned her pilot’s license, become a wife, become a mother, become captain of the British Paralympic Sitting volleyball team, charity ambassador, mentor to patients, Patron and an inspirational and motivational speaker. Martine is now busy sharing her journey from despair to determination to succeed through her motivational talks, and has spoken to audiences in excess of 10,000 at Wembley Arena and the O2. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband Nick, son Oscar and Daisy the dog, and is living testament to how catastrophic life-changes can have positive outcomes.