5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 1st Jul 2019
Humour and Despair
David Baddiel is a novelist, television presenter and stand-up comedian. He was born in 1964 in Troy, New York, but grew up and lives in London. He read English at King’s College, Cambridge and first gained fame as a stand-up comedian, going on to write and star in television series such as The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. In 2010 he wrote the screenplay for the feature film The Infidel and he has also published four novels: Time For Bed, Whatever Love Means, The Secret Purposes, and, most recently, The Death of Eli Gold.
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