5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 28th Oct 2019
5 speakers, 15 minutes each
Michael Rosen is one of the best-loved figures in the children's book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and education campaigner. His bestselling books include We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen's Sad Book and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry.
Flo Perry is a writer and illustrator who has managed to make a career out of her passion for drawing breasts and penchant for quizzing people on their sex lives at parties. She's a proud bisexual who fancies nearly all human beings and assumes everyone fancies her. As such, she's good at dealing with rejection. Perry is a former BuzzFeed editor and expert on making illustrations go viral. Before that she did a degree in chemistry; we can all agree that was a mistake. She was born and raised in the wilds of North London and still lives there with two lovely homosexual housemates and a terrible cat.
New York Times best-selling author Dylan Jones has written twenty books on subjects as diverse as music and politics and fashion and photography. He has been an editor at The Observer, The Sunday Times, i-D, The Face and Arena, a columnist for The Guardian and The Independent, and is currently the Editor-In-Chief of GQ. He has won Magazine Editor of the Year eleven times, and been awarded the prestigious Mark Boxer Award, while his book on the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book of the Year. He is a trustee of the Hay Festival and a board member of the Norman Mailer Colony. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List in 2013. He lives in London and Powys with his family. His most recent book is David Bowie: A Life.
Bryony Gordon is one of The Telegraph’s best loved journalists, columnists and features writers. She has been writing for The Telegraph for a number of years (having worked there on and off since 2000), and also freelances for various other publications including Grazia Magazine. She has interviewed such eminent figures as Lord Heseltine, Ricky Gervais and Bryan Ferry. Her much loved column ‘How the Other Half Lives’ is a staple for any Sunday morning reader as she investigates and bemoans the absurdities, comic episodes and craziness of modern life. Bryony’s first book THE WRONG KNICKERS was published by Headline on the 1st June 2014. It became a Sunday Times bestseller. Her next book MAD GIRL was published to critical acclaim and intense media coverage by Headline in June 2016 and then was selected for the Richard and Judy Spring Book Club 2017, where it also became a Sunday Times Bestseller, staying on the paperback non-fiction chart for over 2 months. Her third book EAT DRINK RUN was published in May 2018. Her latest book is YOU GOT THIS - which explores topics like self-respect, body image, masturbation and mental health.
Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. He is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and the Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Persian Fire, his history of the Graeco-Persian wars, won the Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award in 2006; Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom, a panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000; In the Shadow of the Sword, which covers the collapse of Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam; and Dynasty, a portrait of Rome’s first imperial dynasty. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. His translation of Herodotus was published in 2013 by Penguin Classics and followed in 2016 by a history of Æthelstan published under the Penguin Monarchs series, and in 2019 Æthelflæd England’s Forgotten Founder as a Ladybird Expert Book. In 2007, he was the winner of the Classical Association prize, awarded to ‘the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilisation of Ancient Greece and Rome’. Holland is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History. He has written and presented a number of TV documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from religion to dinosaurs. He served two years as the Chair of the Society of Authors; as Chair of the PLR Advisory Committee and was on the committee of the Classical Association. @holland_tom