5 speakers 15 minutes each

Tue 20th Mar 2018

5 speakers, 15 minutes each

The Tabernacle

7pm

Adam Kay

Adam Kay

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film. He previously worked for many years as a junior doctor. Adam's first book, This is Going to Hurt, about his former career as a junior doctor, was published in 2017 by Picador and became an instant Sunday Times bestseller, topping the charts for three months, and getting translated into 13 languages. Winner of Blackwell's Debut Book of the Year 2017, Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year, Books Are My Bag Readers' Award and Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Prize.

Oliver Kamm

Oliver Kamm

Oliver Kamm is a leader writer and columnist for The Times. He is the author of Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015).

Mona Arshi

Mona Arshi

Mona Arshi is a British poet and lawyer. Her debut collection Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. She has also won the Magma, Troubadour and Manchester creative writing prizes and in 2017 was on the judging panel for the Forward prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry Review, The Guardian, and Sunday Times and on the London Underground. She has been commissioned and appeared on radio and appeared at many literary festivals both here and abroad. Prior to her poetry career Mona worked as a litigator for a decade at the Human Rights organization Liberty.

Cosmo Sheldrake

Cosmo Sheldrake

Cosmo Sheldrake, singer, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist.

Cosmo Sheldrake grew up surrounded by both music and a deep understanding and fascination with the natural world. His father, Rupert Sheldrake, is a biologist who comes from a long line of church organists. His grandmother was a concert pianist and his mother, Jill Purce, inspired a revival of group chant, teaches Mongolian overtone chanting and spent four years working with the avant-garde German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen - which meant that from an early age Sheldrake was introduced to a whole world of unconventional music.

By the age of four he was playing classical piano, at seven he had moved on to playing New Orleans-style blues and boogie-woogie and by 15, he was studying minimalism and using Logic to program drums and beats.

In 2013 he composed music for a series of Samuel Beckett plays at the Young Vic and for Relax & Dream, a project which brought bringing soothing music and nature videos to children in hospital and hospices. Throughout his career, Sheldrake has been fascinated by sound collection and field-recordings. In 2013, he gave a Tedx talk entitled ‘Interspecies Collaboration’ during which he created a symphony of sounds featuring the sun and British birds in collaboration with his own vocal improvisation. In 2017, he composed the soundtrack for ‘Moving Art’, a Netflix nature series in which filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg explores the beauty of oceans, forests, deserts and flowers.