5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 23rd Jan 2019
Misha Glenny is an award-winning journalist and historian who has travelled around the world, interviewing men and women involved in organised criminal activity. His book McMafia is now in production as a major new BBC 1 drama series. His latest work, Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, is the gripping story of the man who ran the largest slum in Rio as head of the local drugs cartel. Based on 30 hours of interviews with the man along with his family, friends, enemies and the police who investigated his operation for over forty years, Nemesis has attracted glowing reviews and is also the subject of multiple film and television bids. Misha’s work on organised crime follows his distinguished career as a BBC Correspondent in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
Jon Snow joined ITN in 1976 reporting from Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He served as Washington Correspondent 1983/1987; Diplomatic correspondent 1987/1989, and main anchor of Channel 4 News from 1989. He reported the fall of Idi Amin in Uganda; the Revolution in Iran; the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the release of Nelson Mandela; the Earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti; the elections of Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Barack Obama, and Hassan Rouhani's victory in 2013; Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The Channel 4 News anchor was honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship at the prestigious television awards in 2015. In 2016 he accepted the BAFTA for news coverage of the Paris massacre. He has also won the Royal Television Society’s Presenter of the Year awards in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012; Journalist of the Year 2006 and the BAFTA award for best factual contribution to UK television in 2005. Jon secured the first major TV interview with Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and a host of exclusives including Nelson Mandela, Brazil's President Lula, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Alex Ferguson and Russell Brand.
Fintan O'Toole is a historian, biographer, literary critic and political commentator. His work has won many awards, and he writes for the Irish Times, Guardian and New York Review of Books. His books include A Traitor's Kiss, his life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Judging Shaw and White Savage. His investigative, polemical books have all been bestsellers: Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, Ship of Fools and Enough is Enough. He is writing the authorised biography of Seamus Heaney and, for Head of Zeus, a history of Ireland in his own time.