5 speakers 15 minutes each
Thu 19th Mar 2020
Europa28 with the Hay Festival
Hilary Cottam is an internationally acclaimed social activist whose work in Britain and around the world has focused on collaborative and affordable solutions to some of the greatest social challenges of our time: challenges such as ageing, loneliness, chronic disease, good work and inequality. Hilary’s book Radical Help: How We Can Remake the Relationships Between Us & Revolutionise the Welfare State was published by Virago LittleBrown in June 2018. She has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and in 2005 was named UK Designer of the Year for her transformative social practice. Hilary’s TED talk “Social Services Are Broken” has had three quarter of a million views. Hilary continues to support communities and governments around the world to grow and extend an approach to social change which puts capability, relationships and deep human connection at its heart.
Kapka Kassabova is a cross-genre writer with an interest in deep journeys and human geographies. She is the author of three narrative non-fiction books: Street Without a Name (Granta 2008), Twelve Minutes of Love (Granta 2011), and Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (Granta/ Greywolf 2017) which won the British Academy’s Al-Rodhan Prize, the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, the Saltire Book of the Year, the Stanford-Dolman Book of the Year, the Highland Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the US National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Kassabova grew up in Sofia and as a young adult in the 1990s emigrated with her family to New Zealand where she studied French and Russian Literature and published her first poetry and fiction. Since 2005 she has lived in Scotland. Her native Balkans are the location for both Border and her new book, To The Lake: A Journey of War and Peace (Granta/ Greywolf 2020).
Ana Pessoa is a Portuguese writer and translator living in Brussels. She has published four novels for young adults which have won prizes in Portugal and abroad: Aqui é um bom lugar (2018 Maria Rosa Colaço Award, Portugal), Mary John (White Ravens Catalogue 2017), Supergigante (White Ravens Catalogue 2015; Shortlisted for the 2018 Cuatrogatos Foundation Prize in Mexico; Highly Recommended by FNLIJ, Brazil) and O caderno vermelho da rapariga karateka (Highly Recommended by FNLIJ, Brazil; 2011 Branquinho da Fonseca Prize, Portugal). Her books are published by Planeta Tangerina (winner of the 2012 Bologna Prize for Best Children's Publisher in Europe). They are also published in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Her books are included in the Portuguese Ministry of Education’s National Reading Plan. Ana is also a blogger (www.belgavista.blogspot.com).
Janne Teller is a critically acclaimed and best-selling Danish novelist and essayist of Austrian-German family background. She has received numerous literary grants and awards, including the prestigious American Michael L. Printz Honor Award for literary excellency and the Danish Drassow’s Literary Peace Prize. Her literature, which confronts philosophical questions in life and civilization and often sparks controversial debate, is today translated into 30 languages. Janne Teller has published six novels, including the modern Nordic saga Odin’s Island about political and religious fanaticism, as well as the existential Nothing that after initially being banned, is today considered a new classic by many critics. Her book, War – What If It Were Here about life as a refugee, is adapted by the author to each country where it is published. Janne Teller is also a human rights activist, and was one of the initiators of the 2013 Writers Against Mass Surveillance campaign. She is a member of the jury of the prestigious German Peace Prize. Originally educated as a macro-economist, in 1995 she dedicated herself full time to writing, Janne Teller has lived and worked with conflict resolution and humanitarian affairs for the EU and UN in Mozambique, Tanzania and many other countries around the world.