5 speakers 15 minutes each
Sun 15th Sep 2019
5x15 at JW3
Lara Maiklem is the founder of The London Mudlark. The mudlark was born amongst the filth and chaos of Victorian London. These poor degraded creatures were scavengers, wading through the foul-smelling mud to collect anything they could sell, such as rags, coal and rope. Most mudlarks were children and old people - society's most vulnerable - these days, however, mudlarking is a term used by a band of amateur archeologists that scour the foreshore of the River Thames for signs of history. All of her finds are made by eye only, and without disturbing the foreshore in any way, she believes there is no need to dig or to use a metal detector, a keen eye and some patience will usually throw up some fascinating finds. The London Mudlark is the largest and friendliest online community of people who enjoy spending their time in the mud by the river or are just interested in what’s being found, with over 100k followers across social media platforms. Lara regularly posts her finds - the good, the bad and the ugly.
Louis de Bernières
Louis de Bernières
Louis de Bernières is the bestselling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are So Much Life Left Over, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, Birds Without Wings and A Partisan’s Daughter, a collection of stories, Notwithstanding, and three collections of poetry, Imagining Alexandria. Of Love and Desire and The Cat in the Treble Clef.
James Meek was born in London and grew up in Scotland. He lived in Russia and Ukraine in the 1990s and, since 1999, has lived in England. His first novel, McFarlane Boils The Sea, was published in 1989. Since then he has published six more works of fiction: Last Orders (stories, 1992) Drivetime (a novel, 1995) The Museum Of Doubt (stories, 2000) The People’s Act of Love (a novel, 2005) We Are Now Beginning Our Descent (a novel, 2008) and The Heart Broke In (a novel, 2012). People’s Act, which was published in thirty countries, was longlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prize and the Scottish Arts Council book of the year prize. Descent won the 2008 Le Prince Maurice Prize. The Heart Broke In was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Prize. James Meek is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books. In 2014 his book of essays, Private Island, won the Orwell Prize.
David Hepworth has been writing, broadcasting and speaking about music and media since the seventies. He was involved in the launch and editing of magazines such as Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and The Word, among many others. He was one of the presenters of the BBC rock music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test and one of the anchors of the corporation’s coverage of Live Aid in 1985. He has won the Editor of the Year and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer award from the British Society of Magazine Editors. He lives in north London, dividing his time between writing for a variety of newspaper and magazines, speaking at events, broadcasting work, podcasting at www.wordpodcast.co.uk and blogging at www.whatsheonaboutnow.blogspot.co.uk.
Keggie Carew won the 2016 Costa Biography Award for her unconventional and acclaimed memoir, DADLAND, a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. This year she is back with QUICKSAND TALES, ‘a riot of fabulously eccentric autobiographical essays’ from a life characterised by her unerring instinct for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. From the downright terrifying encounter with a psychopath to the execrable repercussions of a missing purse, Keggie recycles awfulness and turns embarrassment into gold. Ever been talked into buying a camel? Or become a burglar by mistake? Or drugged a friend on a blind date? “Keggie Carew really has a knack for stepping in it, boy. But the further you wade in with her, the more hilarious, and poignant it all becomes. Quicksand Tales is a tonic for the tortured and cursed.” (Joshua Ferris). Before writing Keggie’s career was in contemporary art. She lives near Salisbury with her ecologist husband, Jonathan, where they have wilded a nature reserve for fauna, flora and the education of young people.