5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 19th May 2014

The Tabernacle

7pm

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Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls. Shafak is also a political commentator; she has written for several international daily & weekly publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Die Zeit, La Repubblica and The Independent.

Simon Callow

Simon Callow

Simon Callow CBE is an actor, director and writer. He has appeared in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and Phantom of the Opera. Callow’s books include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, a highly acclaimed biography of Charles Laughton, a biographical trilogy of Orson Welles and his memoir My Life in Pieces. His acting credits in productions of works by and about Dickens include The Mystery of Charles Dickens, Dr Marigold and Mr Chops, and  A Christmas Carol, and playing Dickens himself in the BBC’s Dr Who. He has also written an anthology of Shakespeare passages, Shakespeare on Love, and contributed to Cambridge's Actors on Shakespeare series. He is currently at work on the fourth volume of his life of Orson Welles biography series. His biography of Wagner, Inside Wagner's Head, will be published in early 2017.

Tim Butcher

Tim Butcher

Born in 1967, Tim Butcher was on the staff of the Daily Telegraph from 1990 to 2009 serving as chief war correspondent, covering all major conflicts across the Balkans, Middle East and Africa. His first book, Blood River, an account of his 2004 journey through DR Congo overland from Lake Tanganyika and down the Congo River, reached Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list and was the only non-fiction title in the Richard & Judy Book Club 2008. It was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Dolman Best Travel Book Award and the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Best Book award. Tim’s second book, Chasing the Devil, describes a 350 mile trek through Sierra Leone and Liberia following a trail blazed by Graham Greene and recounted in Greene's Journey Without Maps (1936).

In his latest book The Trigger he retraces the journey of Gavrilo Princip – the teenage assassin who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, setting the war in motion – and illuminates our understanding of one of the most misrepresented figures in modern history and how his Bosnian homeland continues to impact global history.

Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin was born in London in 1933 to a French father and an English mother, the composer Muriel Herbert. She read English at Cambridge, graduated from Newnham College in 1954 and is now an Honorary Fellow of the college. She worked in publishing and journalism, becoming Literary Editor of the New Statesman and later the Sunday Times before devoting herself to writing full time in the late 1980s. Her books include Shelley and His World (Thames & Hudson) 1980; Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life (Viking) 1987; The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (Viking) 1990; Mrs Jordan's Profession (Viking) 1994; Jane Austen: A Life (Viking) 1997; Several Strangers: Writing from Three Decades (Viking) 1999; Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self (Viking) 2002; Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man (Viking) 2006; Charles Dickens: A Life (Viking) 2011. Her first husband, the journalist Nicholas Tomalin, was killed reporting the Yom Kippur war in 1973. She has three children and three grandchildren. She has honorary doctorates from the following universities: Cambridge, UEA, Birmingham, The Open University, Greenwich, Goldsmiths and Roehampton. She is married to the playwright and novelist Michael Frayn.

Ned Beauman

Ned Beauman

Ned Beauman was born in 1985 in London. His debut novel Boxer, Beetle won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Fiction Book and the Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction. His second novel The Teleportation Accident was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Encore Award and a Somerset Maugham Award. His third novel Glow was published in 2014. He has been chosen by the Culture Show as one of the twelve best new British novelists and by Granta as one of the 20 best of British novelists under 40. His work has been translated into more than ten languages.