5 speakers 15 minutes each
Tue 19th Mar 2019
EartH - Hackney
5 Speakers, 15 Minutes each
Robert Elms is a broadcaster and writer, well-loved for his eponymous radio show on BBC Radio London. Elms started out as a journalist, writing for The Face and NME. He is a Londoner through and through, growing up in West London and living in the city for most of his life. Elms is the author of two previous works of non-fiction, The Way We Wore: A Life in Threads and Spain: A Portrait After the General, and a novel, In Search of the Crack. His new book is London Made Us: A Memoir of a Shapeshifting City. In the book Elms takes us back through time and place to myriad Londons. ‘London is a giant kaleidoscope, which is forever turning. Take your eye off it for more than a moment and you’re lost.’
Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She is a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED Global speaker, each time receiving a standing ovation. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better. She has judged numerous literary prizes and is chairing the Wellcome Prize 2019. www.elifshafak.com
Farah Chamma is Dubai-born Palestinian performer. She mainly writes and performs poetry in Arabic, English and French. She is currently doing an MA in Performance and Culture at Goldsmiths University in London. Her current goal is to create Arabic content that mixes Modern Standard Arabic (fus-ha) and colloquial Arabic.
Bee Rowlatt is a writer and journalist. The best-selling Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad(Penguin) has been dramatised by the BBC, and translated into numerous languages. She clocked around 19 years at the BBC World Service (now freelance), and has written for numerous publications including The Telegraph and The Independent, appearing regularly on TV and radio also. Bee does regular workshops and school events on journalism, radio, working motherhood, and feminism, and is also vice-chair of a campaign for a memorial statue of Mary Wollstonecraft. Bee won the Society of Authors' K Blunder Trust award to complete the travels for her current book, In Search of Mary, is inspired by the life of Mary Wollstonecraft.
Martin Rees is Astronomer Royal, and has been Master of Trinity College and Director of the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University. As a member of the UK’s House of Lords and former President of the Royal Society, he is much involved in international science and issues of technological risk. His books include Our Cosmic Habitat (Princeton), Just Six Numbers, and Our Final Hour (published in the UK as Our Final Century). He lives in Cambridge, UK.
Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He appears before many international courts and tribunals, including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, and sits as an arbitrator at ICSID, the PCA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Philippe is the author of Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008) and several academic books on international law, and has contributed to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and The Guardian. East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide (Alfred Knopf/Weidenfeld & Nicolson) won the 2016 Baillie Gifford (formerly Samuel Johnson) Prize, the 2017 British Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and the 2018 Prix Montaigne The book is accompanied by a prizewinning BBC Storyville film, My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did. He is currently writing the sequel, which is the subject of his hit BBC podcast, The Ratline. Philippe is President of English PEN, and a vice president of the Hay Literary Festival.