5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 3rd Oct 2018
5x15 @ EartH
Evolutionary Arts Hackney (EartH)
Sabrina Mahfouz is a British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. Her poetry has been performed and produced for TV, radio and film. She has an essay in the award-winning The Good Immigrant, has published eight works of drama with Bloomsbury and is the editor of The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a 2017 Guardian Book of the Year and currently nominated for The People's Book Prize. Sabrina has won a Sky Arts Academy Award for Poetry, a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights, the 2018 Off West End Award and a Fringe First Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and judge for the 2019 Jhalak Prize. In 2018, Sabrina founded Great Wash Workshops, helping working class writers access UK arts funding. She also co-founded the Critics of Colour Collective to help ensure fairer representation in UK arts criticism. Her next book, Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Art, Life and Making It Happen will be published by The Westbourne Press next summer. Sabrina is also currently writing a biopic of the legendary ‘Godfather of Grime’, rapper and producer Wiley, for Pulse Films. Raised in London and Cairo, she currently lives in London.
Isabella Tree writes for publications such as National Geographic, Granta, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Her articles have been selected for The Best American Travel Writing and Reader's Digest Today's Best Non-Fiction, and she was Overall Winner of the Travelex Travel Writer Awards. She published her first book The Bird Man - a Biography of John Gould when she was 25. Her latest book Wilding - the Return of Nature to an English Farm charts the story of the pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex where she lives with her husband Charlie Burrell. About Wilding: the Return of Nature to an English Farm Forced to accept that intensive farming on their land at Knepp in West Sussex was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell took a spectacular leap of faith in 2000 and handed their 3,500 acres back to nature. Managed with minimal human intervention, and with herds of free-roaming animals driving the creation of new habitats, their rewilded land is now heaving with life. Rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies are now breeding at Knepp and biodiversity has rocketed. The project has become a leading light for nature conservation in the UK, demonstrating how a hands-off, 'process-led' approach can restore land and wildlife in a dramatically short space of time, reversing the cataclysmic declines that have been the fate of nature here over the past five decades. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope. "Anyone who is interested in how we share the planet — what it looks like, what we eat, and what nature can teach us — should read this book." The Sunday Times
Dr Hannah Critchlow is a neuroscientist with a grounding in neuropsychiatry. She is a Science Outreach Fellow at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge and demystifies the human brain using Radio, TV and Festival platforms. Hannah's first book Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert, was published this summer. She has been part of the 2018 Wellcome Trust Science Book Judging Panel, and in 2017 she co-presented the BBC Tomorrow's World Live interactive science series. In 2014 Hannah was named as a Top 100 UK scientist by the Science Council for her work in science communication. In 2013 she was named as one of Cambridge Universities ‘inspirational and successful women in science’. During her PhD she was awarded a Cambridge University Fellowship and as an undergraduate received three University Prizes as Best Biologist. Next year she will launch her book on Fate with the publishers Hodder. Hannah’s choice of career stemmed from working as a Nursing Assistant at St Andrews Psychiatric Hospital.
Zing Tsjeng is a journalist from London, where she currently works as the UK editor of Broadly, VICE’s channel for millennial women. She has also written about feminism, arts and culture, politics, race and LGBTQ identity for publications like the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Dazed, i-D magazine and the Debrief. Zing is also a presenter for VICE, and her most recent documentary (Britain First vs Antifascists vs Police) attracted 1.5 million views on Facebook. She is also a keen speaker and panelist, and has appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour and moderated live events at the BFI, SXSW, Web Summit and HowTheLightGetsIn festival. In 2017 she was nominated for the Pride Power List, which celebrates the achievements of influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Zing is the author of the feminist series, Forgotten Women, published by Octopus.
Brian Eno is a musician, composer, singer and record producer. He is widely credited as being a forerunner in the 'Ambient Music' movement in the 1970s, and has been part of numerous innovative projects during his career, including The Microsoft Sound, the six-second start-up music for the Windows 95 operating system. A sometime columnist for The Observer, Eno is politically active, particularly with regard to nuclear weapons. Along with Stewart Brand (the editor of The Whole Earth Catalog) Eno founded The Long Now Foundation- a society dedicated to the promotion of long-term thinking.
Jamie Bartlett is an author and tech blogger for The Spectator and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in conjunction with The University of Sussex. In 2013 he covered the rise of Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement in Italy for Demos, chronicling the new political force's emergence and use of social media. In 2014 he released a book entitled The Dark Net, discussing the darknet and dark web in broad terms, describing a range of underground and emergent subcultures, including social media racists, cam girls, self harm communities, darknet drug markets, cryptoanarchists and transhumanists. He regularly writes about online extremism and free speech, as well as social media trends in Wikipedia, Twitter and Facebook. In 2017 he published the book Radicals about fringe political movements including transhumanism, psychedelic societies and anarcho-capitalism. He also presented the two part BBC2 series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. In 2018 he published the book The People Vs Tech.