5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 18th Jan 2016
5x15: 5 speakers, 15 minutes each
John Crace is the Guardian's parliamentary sketch writer and author of the ‘Digested Read’ columns. He is the author of I Never Promised you a Rose Garden: A short guide to modern politics, the coalition and the general election and also Baby Alarm: A Neurotic’s Guide to Fatherhood, Vertigo: One Football Fan's Fear of Success, Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp, Brideshead Abbreviated: The Digested Read of the Twentieth Century and The Digested Twenty-first Century. He lives in London.
Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 18 members. Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realization of the work. Their work includes Folly for a Flyover, the Sugarhouse Studios, and Granby Four Streets for which they were awarded the Turner Prize 2015.
Andrea Wulf was born in India, moved to Germany as a child, and now lives in Britain. She is the author of several acclaimed books including The Brother Gardeners and Founding Gardeners. Her latest book The Invention of Nature is about explorer Alexander von Humboldt – the great lost scientist and forgotten father of environmentalism. The Invention of Nature has been shortlisted for the Costa Biography award and was chosen as 10 Best Books of 2015 in the New York Times.
Max Porter is a senior editor at Granta Books and Portobello Books. He previously managed an independent bookshop and won the Young Bookseller of the Year award. His debut novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers has been met with great critical acclaim and was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives in South London with his wife and children.
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.