5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 27th Feb 2017
5x15: Michael Rosen, Carmen Callil, Tristram Stuart
Dan Barber is the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the author of The Third Plate (May 2014, The Penguin Press). A member of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture's board of directors, Barber works to bring the principles of good farming directly to the table. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards, including Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the country's Outstanding Chef (2009); and he was appointed by Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition from 2008 to 2016. In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
Tristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food waste. His books have been described as "a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” (The Times) and his TED talk has been watched over a million times. The environmental campaigning organisation he founded, Feedback, has spread its work into dozens of countries worldwide to change society's attitude towards wasting food. He is also the founder of Toast Ale, a beer launched in the UK in 2016 that is made using fresh, surplus bread.
Carmen Callil founded Virago Press in 1973, vowing to give women a voice and reclaim women's literature. Patronised and welcomed, criticised and praised, they believed they could change lives through books.
Michael Rosen MA, PhD, is a poet, broadcaster, former Children's Laureate and a recipient of one of France's top honours: Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His book We're Going on a Bear Hunt has sold over 8,000,000 copies. He has presented Radio 4's Word of Mouth since 1996 and his programme, Zola in Norwood, was broadcast on Radio 3 in 2015. He is Professor of Children's Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Julia Samuel is a grief psychotherapist who has spent the last twenty-five years working with bereaved families, both in private practice and with the NHS at St Mary's Paddington where she pioneered the role of maternity and paediatric counsellor. She is Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK, where she continues to play a central role. Grief Works is her first book.
Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. The English translation of Village of Stone was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and her most recent novel, I Am China, was longlisted for the Baileys Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Xiaolu has also directed several award-winning films including She, A Chinese and a documentary about London, Late at Night. Her most recent book is her memoir and first non-fiction piece, Once Upon a Time in the East.