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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Thu 12th Mar 2015

Royal Geographical Society * The Guardian

7.30pm

Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, but came to England with her family when she was twelve after escaping the Nazis and travelling through Switzerland and France as a young girl. She wrote about her early life in her autobiographical trilogy Out of the Hitler Time. Judith studied at the Central School of Art and later worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. She married the celebrated screenwriter Nigel Kneale in 1954, and left the BBC to look after their two children Matthew and Tacy, who inspired her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. She is also famous for the Mog series of picture books about the Thomas’ family cat and the strange things she gets up to. Judith books have sold over 10 million copies. Judith lives in South London with her latest cat, Katinka. She received an OBE for services to literature and Holocaust education in 2012, and celebrated her 90th birthday in June 2013 with the publication Judith Kerr’s Creatures published by Harper Collins. Her most recent picture book is The Crocodile Under the Bed.

Annie Nightingale

Annie Nightingale

Annie Nightingale is a legendary broadcaster who became the first female DJ on the BBC and holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest ever running radio show. In 2002 Annie was awarded the MBE for her services to Broadcasting. In 2007 she was nominated for the Broadcasters’ Broadcaster Award and in 2008, Annie won the John Peel Award For Outstanding Contribution To Music Radio. In 2011, for the sixth year running, she also won Best Radio Award at the International Breakbeat Awards before receiving the first ever Pioneer in Media Award in 2014 from Music Week magazine. She is a regular guest columnist for The Times, covering popular music related subjects.

Jung Chang

Jung Chang

Jung Chang was born in Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) she worked as a peasant, a ‘barefoot’ doctor, a steelworker, and an electrician before becoming an English-language student at Sichuan University. She left China for Britain in 1978 and obtained a PhD in Linguistics in 1982 at the University of York - the first person from Communist China to receive a doctorate from a British university. Jung Chang is the author of the best-selling books Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (which the Asian Wall Street Journal called the most read book about China), and Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday). Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 15 million copies, in addition to millions in pirated editions and computer downloads in mainland China where both books are banned. Jung Chang has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Buckingham, York and Warwick, the Open University, UK, and Bowdoin College, USA.