5 speakers 15 minutes each
Tue 8th Oct 2019
Bestselling poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill performs poetry retelling the legends of the Goddesses, both great and small, in their own words. With lyrical prose and striking verse, beloved poet Nikita Gill (Fierce Fairytales, Wild Embers) uses the history of Ancient Greece and beyond to explore and share the stories of the mothers, warriors, creators, survivors, and destroyers who shook the world.
Nick is author of the internationally bestselling novels High Fidelity, About A Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down and Juliet, Naked. Many of his books have been made into successful, and much-loved, films, including Fever Pitch starring Colin Firth, High Fidelity starring John Cusak and About a Boy with Hugh Grant. Nick has also scripted the adaptation of Lynn Barber’s memoir ‘An Education’ as well as Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Nick is a huge pop music fan. His latest book State of the Union is the companion novella to his new TV series directed by Stephen Frears and starring Chris O'Dowd and Rosamund Pike and has been nominated for three Emmy Awards. Nick is a huge pop music fan. Nick co-founded The Ministry of Stories - a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London.
Jude Kelly is a creative director and a foremost commentator on gender, inclusion and the arts. She was Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre from 2006-2018, where she created Festivals including: Being A Man, Unlimited, The Rest is Noise, Changing Britain, the Festival of Death, (B)old, as well as WOW- Women of the World. WOW is a global festival movement and has held 65 festivals in 5 continents over 30 locations in over 15 countries from Baltimore to Brazil, Cardiff to Karachi, and further across the UK, Australia and the USA, reaching over 2 million girls and women, and men and boys too. Jude has directed over 100 productions including at the Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera, National Theatre, and the Châtalet in Paris. She has advised governments, business, media and educational institutions and is one of the world's foremost commentators on gender and inclusion in the arts. She led the cultural team for the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic bid. In 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the Arts.
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.
Jess Phillips is a Labour Party politician and MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015. An alumna of the University of Leeds and the University of Birmingham, she was elected to Birmingham City Council in 2011 to represent Longridge ward. Prior to becoming an MP, Jess worked within the charity and community sectors and was selected to be the Victims’ Champion for Birmingham, working with police and support groups. @jessphillips
Jack Harries grew up in a family of filmmakers and storytellers. At the age eighteen he built up a successful YouTube channel and production company gaining over four million subscribers worldwide. Jack has used this platform consistently to raise awareness of mental health, forced migration and environmental issues. Over the course of his work Jack has travelled to Greenland, Somaliland, Bhutan, Borneo and Kiribati to tell stories from the front lines of Climate Change. Jack has given multiple talks on Climate Change at events and conferences around the world, and interviewed some of the leading voices on the topic including broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. @JackHarries