5 speakers 15 minutes each
Tue 20th Mar 2018
5 speakers, 15 minutes each
Tara Westover is an American author living in the UK. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. She spent her days working in her father's junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. After that first encounter with education, she pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014. Educated is her first book.
Wade Davis is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Author of 20 books, including One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence, winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top nonfiction prize in the English language, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic Channel. Davis is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees, as well as the 2009 Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the 2011 Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers’ Club, the 2012 David Fairchild Medal for botanical exploration, the 2015 Centennial Medal of Harvard University, the 2017 Roy Chapman Andrews Society’s Distinguished Explorer Award and the 2017 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Guin Batten is a British rower. She won silver at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the quadruple scull and set the record for the fastest solo crossing of the English Channel in a rowing shell in 2003, becoming the first solo female crossing. In 2010 she created the Rowing Association of the Maldives.
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 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 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.