5 speakers 15 minutes each
Sun 23rd Jul 2017
5x15 at Curious Arts Festival
Pylewell Park, Hampshire
Elizabeth Day is a journalist, writing for numerous publications including The Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, Vogue, Grazia, Radio Times, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Glamour, The Pool and Cosmopolitan. She is a contributor on Radio 4's Saturday Review, Woman's Hour, Broadcasting House, The Last Word and on LBC and TalkSport's Late Show. Her critically-acclaimed debut novel Scissors Paper Stone won a Betty Trask Award for first novels written by authors under the age of 35 and her third and most recent novel, Paradise City was named one of the best novels of 2015 in the Observer, Paste Magazine and the Evening Standard. Elizabeth is the co-founder of Pin Drop, a storytelling initiative for adults which stages short story narrations in inspiring settings.
Keith Stuart, author of A Boy Made of Blocks, is games editor at the Guardian. He started out as writer and features editor on the highly influential magazine Edge, before going freelance in 2000 to cover games culture for publications such as The Official PlayStation Magazine, PC Gamer, and T3, as well as investigating digital and interactive art for Frieze. He also writes about music, film and media for the Guardian, and is a regular on the Tech Weekly podcast.
John Crace is the Guardian's parliamentary sketch writer and author of the ‘Digested Read’ columns. He is the author of I Never Promised you a Rose Garden: A short guide to modern politics, the coalition and the general election and also Baby Alarm: A Neurotic’s Guide to Fatherhood, Vertigo: One Football Fan's Fear of Success, Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp, Brideshead Abbreviated: The Digested Read of the Twentieth Century and The Digested Twenty-first Century. He lives in London.
Imran Mahmood is a Criminal defence barrister with over twenty years' experience in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. He specialises in Legal Aid cases involving crimes such as murder and other serious violence as well as fraud and sexual offences. He was born in Liverpool and now lives in London with his wife and daughter.
Raised in New York, Bella Pollen is a writer and journalist who has contributed to a wide variety of publications on both side of the Atlantic from Vogue and Bazaar to the Telegraph, Observer and the Financial Times. Author of five novels she has tackled a broad spectrum of topics from the decline of the Aristocracy in the best-selling Hunting Unicorns to illegal immigration on the Mexican border in Midnight Cactus to family love and loss at the height of the cold war in the critically acclaimed The Summer of the Bear. Her recently published memoir, Meet Me in the In-Between, a part-graphic memoir about the author’s search for home has been described by various critics as “disturbing,” “very funny,” “captivating,” “off-beat,” “racy,” “visually stunning” and “full of moving profundities.”