5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 24th Apr 2017
5x15: Jenni Murray, Alexandra Shulman, Sarah Perry
James Massiah is a London based poet and producer who shares his work via ‘The A & The E’, a philosophy and arts based project founded in 2012 to explore ideas about morality, ethics, gender and race through music, performance, writing and visual media. He has been commissioned to produce work for the BBC, the Guardian, Britvic and Nike, as well as featuring in campaigns for Levi’s and Dr Martens. He has performed readings of his work at the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Houses of Parliament.
Alexandra Shulman has edited British Vogue since 1992. She is a contributor to The Times, Daily Mail, Guardian and Daily Telegraph and lives in London. She is the author of two novels, published by Fig Tree/Penguin, The Parrots and Can We Still Be Friends, and, most recently, Inside Vogue: A Diary of My 100th Year.
Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway, and has been the writer in residence at the Gladstone Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. Her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. Her second novel, The Essex Serpent, was a Sunday Times bestseller and was the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016. It was shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Prize and longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, the Walter Scott Prize and International Dylan Thomas Prize. She lives in Norwich.
Mark O'Connell is a journalist, essayist, and literary critic from Dublin. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker blog, a books columnist for Slate, and a staff writer at The Millions. His work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Sunday Times Magazine and the Observer. His book, To Be A Machine: Adventures among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death, is published by Granta.
Jenni Murray was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire. She is a journalist and broadcaster, best known for presenting the celebrated and long- running BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987. She was described by veteran broadcaster Charles Wheeler as possessing ‘the most beautiful voice on radio, ever’. Jenni is a regular contributor to various newspapers and magazines, and is the author of several books, including Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter and The Woman's Hour: A History of Women since World War II. She lives in London.