5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 22nd Jan 2018

5 speakers, 15 minutes each

The Tabernacle

Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers is a poet, author, playwright and presenter. His books of poetry include Skirrid Hill, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award, and the verse drama Pink Mist, chosen as a Guardian top ten play of the year and winner of the Hay Festival Poetry Medal and Wales Book of the Year. His first novel Resistance, has been translated into 15 languages and was adapted into a film. His most recent novel, I Saw a Man was shortlisted for the Prix Femina Etranger and is currently being adapted as a TV drama. Owen’s theatrical work includes The Two Worlds of Charlie F., winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, Mametz and National Theatre Wales’s 72 hour The Passion, directed and starring Michael Sheen. Owen’s arts documentaries include the BBC 4 series A Poet’s Guide to Britain and The Greatest Poem of WWI: David Jones and In Parenthesis, winner of the Celtic Media best arts documentary. His recent BAFTA and Grierson nominated film-poem to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, The Green Hollow, won three BAFTA Cymru awards, including best writer and will be published by Faber in April 2018. A former NYPL Cullman fellow and artist in residence for the Welsh Rugby Union, Owen was the recipient of the 2016 St David’s Award for Culture. He is currently chair of Wales PEN Cymru and Professor in Creativity at Swansea University. He lives in the Black Mountains in Wales with his wife and two daughters.

Misha Glenny

Misha Glenny

Misha Glenny is an award-winning journalist and historian who has travelled around the world, interviewing men and women involved in organised criminal activity. His book McMafia is now in production as a major new BBC 1 drama series. His latest work, Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, is the gripping story of the man who ran the largest slum in Rio as head of the local drugs cartel. Based on 30 hours of interviews with the man along with his family, friends, enemies and the police who investigated his operation for over forty years, Nemesis has attracted glowing reviews and is also the subject of multiple film and television bids. Misha’s work on organised crime follows his distinguished career as a BBC Correspondent in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Bee Wilson

Bee Wilson

Bee Wilson is a food writer and historian who is chair of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. Her most recent book, First Bite: How We Learn to Eat, was about the psychology of eating and how we can change our diets. In 2016 it won the Food Book of the Year at the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards.

She writes, on food and other subjects, for a wide range of publications including the London Review of Books, the Guardian,The New York Times and Borough Market Blogs. Bee wrote the "Kitchen Thinker" column in the Sunday Telegraph's "Stella" magazine for twelve years and subsequently was named the Guild of Food Writers food journalist of the year in 2004, 2008 and 2009.

Dylan Jones

Dylan Jones

New York Times best-selling author Dylan Jones has written twenty books on subjects as diverse as music and politics and fashion and photography. He has been an editor at The Observer, The Sunday Times, i-D, The Face and Arena, a columnist for The Guardian and The Independent, and is currently the Editor-In-Chief of GQ. He has won Magazine Editor of the Year eleven times, and been awarded the prestigious Mark Boxer Award, while his book on the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book of the Year. He is a trustee of the Hay Festival and a board member of the Norman Mailer Colony. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List in 2013. He lives in London and Powys with his family. His most recent book is David Bowie: A Life.