5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 18th Nov 2019
5 speakers, 15 minutes each
Parwana Fayyaz was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. on the medieval Persian poet Jami at Trinity College, Cambridge. She is a poet and would like to stay in academia. She recently won Best Single Poem at the Forward Prizes 2019 for her poem Forty Names. It draws inspiration both narrative and lyrical from medieval Persian traditions; Fayyaz heard the story from her parents when she was a child. ‘It is about a mountain called kohi chehal dokhtaran, the forty girls’ mountain. My poem tries to re-narrate the story by giving the forty women their names, a lamp and their colourful scarves.’
Scourge of evasive politicians and pompous authority figures, John Humphrys has been the penetrating voice of Radio 4’s Today programme for over three decades. Written to coincide with his retirement from the BBC, A Day Like Today, brings all of Humphrys’ formidable intellect and insight to bear on the state of politics and current affairs in the United Kingdom. For thirty-three years, John Humphrys has presented Radio 4's Today, Britain's most popular news programme. Now the veteran broadcaster writes his memoirs to mark his retirement from the BBC. Famed for his tough interviewing, his deep suspicion of authority in all its forms, his passionate commitment to various causes and his ferocious intellect, the book will charts the course of John's life from his Cardiff childhood through the ups and downs of his life as a journalist covering Watergate and apartheid South Africa, his time presenting BBC Nine O'Clock News and his thirty-three years holding politicians to account on Radio 4's Today - the nation's most popular news programme.
Simon Jenkins is a journalist, author and chairman of the National Trust. He writes a column twice weekly for the Guardian and weekly for the London Evening Standard. He edited the Evening Standard and The Times, was political editor of the Economist, and worked on Country Life and the Sunday Times. He served on the boards of British Rail, London Transport and the Museum of London and was deputy chairman of English Heritage. His books include works on London, the press and British politics. He wrote England’s 1,000 Best Churches, and England’s 1,000 Best Houses and a study of Welsh architecture. Other books are A Short History of England (2010) and England’s 100 Best Views. His latest book is A Short History of London: The Creation of a World Capital .
Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign affairs with more than 30 years of reporting experience. A former diplomatic editor at Sky News, he has reported from 40 countries and covered conflicts in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Israel. He edits the current affairs site, TheWhatandtheWhy.com. He is the author of the Sunday Times bestsellers, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Tell You Everything You Need to Know about Global Politics and Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls; Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags; "Dirty Northern B*st*rds!" and Other Tales from the Terraces: The Story of Britain's Football Chants and Shadowplay: Behind the lines and under fire:the inside story of Europe's last war. Prisoners of Geography has been translated into 30 languages and has sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide.
Thomas Penn is the author of the acclaimed, bestselling Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England which won the H. W. Fisher Best First Biography Prize. Hi latest book is The Brothers York: An English Tragedy. It's the story of three remarkable brothers, two of whom were crowned kings of England and the other an heir presumptive, whose antagonism was fuelled by the mistrust and vendettas of the age that brought their family to power.
Felicity Cloake is writer of the Guardian's 'How to Make the Perfect' and New Statesman columnist, winner of the Guild of Food Writers' Food Journalist of the Year and New Media awards 2011, and author of Perfect: 68 Essential Recipes for Every Cook's Repertoire (Fig Tree, 2011), Perfect Host: 162 easy recipes for feeding people & having fun (Fig Tree, 2013), Perfect Too (Fig Tree, 2014) The A-Z of Eating (Fig Tree, 2016) and One More Croissant For the Road (Mudlark, 2019) - which saw the nation’s ‘taster in chief’ cycle 2,300 km across France in search of the definitive versions of classic French dishes.