5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 3rd May 2017
5x15: Ian Hislop, Juliet Stevenson & Michael Morpurgo
Royal Geographical Society
Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain's best loved actresses. Amongst her multiple accolades, Juliet has been nominated for four BAFTA Awards, won Best Actress for Truly, Madly, Deeply at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, and was nominated for British Supporting Actress of the Year for the London Critics Circle Film Awards. Her theatre awards include an Olivier Award for Best Actress for Death and the Maiden, and four nominations for Best Actress. She was awarded a CBE in 1999 for her services to drama.
Cathy Newman is the first female main presenter of Channel 4 News. She spent over a decade in Fleet Street, latterly with the Financial Times. Since joining Channel 4 News in 2006 she has broadcast a string of scoops, including allegations of violent abuse against the British barrister John Smyth, sexual harassment allegations against the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, and an investigation into a British sex offender, Simon Harris, which saw him jailed for 17 years. Newman also writes about politics for the Telegraph, and regularly appears on Have I Got News for You. She was a judge on the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 and the Red Magazine Women of the Year Award 2016. She is a patron of Kids, a charity for disabled children.
Roger McGough, poet, playwright, children’s writer and broadcaster, was awarded an OBE for services to poetry in 1997 and a CBE in 2004. He is the President of the Poetry Society. The Mersey Sound (Penguin, 1967), the anthology that established McGough, Adrian Henri and Brian Patten as the ‘Liverpool Poets’, has sold over a million copies and has never been out of print. His numerous books for children include The Imaginary Menagerie (Frances Lincoln), which he also illustrated. He has twice won the Signal Award for best children’s book. He is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and an Honorary Professor at Thames Valley University. He has an MA from the University of Northampton and D.Litts from the universities of Hull, Liverpool & Roehampton. He presents Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4.
Caroline is co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, a position she shares with Jonathan Bartley. She was elected as the Green’s first Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion in 2010 and served as leader of the Green Party from 2008 to 2012. She was one of the Party's first MEPs (from 1999-2010) and represented the South East region until becoming the UK's first Green MP. Caroline sits on Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee and chairs cross party groups, on fuel poverty and energy efficiency, CND, climate change and limits to growth. She is also a member of various other all-party groups, including on HIV and Aids, 6th form colleges, housing, children and international corporate responsibility. She is the author of Honourable Friends, a book detailing her first parliamentary term.
Ian Hislop is a writer, editor and broadcaster. He has been editor of Private Eye since 1986 and is a regular team captain on the BBC television show Have I Got News for You. Ian has appeared on BBC Question Time and written and presented documentaries for television and radio including Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip and Victorian Benefits: Workers or Shirkers. He co-wrote a dramatisation of The Wipers Times with Nick Newman, which was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Single Drama of 2014 and he presented Ian Hislop’s Olden Days, which explored in part, an idealised version of the British countryside. Ian has received numerous awards, including a British Academy Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards 2011 and a Liberty Human Rights Award for Private Eye in 2011. Have I Got News For You won a BAFTA in 2016 for Best Comedy Programme. In November 2016, Ian gave the prestigious Orwell Lecture at UCL.
Clare and Michael Morpurgo
Clare and Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 130 books with world sales over over 34 million copies, many of which have been adapted for stage, including Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom, I Believe in Unicorns and The Mozart Question, and most notably, the National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of War Horse. The film of War Horse by Steven Spielberg was released in January 2012. Clare was educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, Exeter University and is a qualified Montessori teacher. She is the daughter of Allen Lane, founder of Penguin Books. In 1976 with her husband Michael, and with money left to her by her father, they began the educational charity Farms for City Children with the intention of enriching the lives of disadvantaged urban children with an intense and rewarding experience of the countryside. Clare and Michael wanted the children to share in the daily routine of a family farm; going out in all weathers to care for the animals, helping with the milking, collecting the eggs, feeding the pigs, experiencing everything that they could do safely, all under the careful guidance of professional farmers and their own teachers. Poets Ted Hughes and Sean Rafferty were keen supporters of the project. Forty years later there are now three farms, welcoming over a thousand children a year from towns and cities all over the UK. Teachers frequently say that a child can learn more in a week on the farm than in a year in the classroom. In 1999 Clare and Michael were awarded MBE’s for services to youth.