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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Thu 14th Jan 2016
5x15 In Aid Of The Women's Equality Party
Central Hall Westminster
Tanya Moodie is a Canadian-born, British actress. Her many stage credits include productions with The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court Theatre, The National Theatre and the Bouffes Du Nord in Paris where she appeared in Peter Brook's 'Le Costume'. Her portrayal of Rose in August Wilson's 'Fences' opposite Lenny Henry in the West End earned her a nomination for Best Actress in the 2014 What's On Stage Awards. She was nominated for Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, as well as an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for her performance as Esther in Intimate Apparel at the Park Theatre. That same year she was also nominated for an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for her performance as Makeda in The House That Will Not Stand at the Tricycle Theatre. She is an associate teacher and council member at RADA, an ambassador for Park Theatre and a patron of Roundabout Dramatherapy.
Catherine Mayer is the co-founder, with Sandi Toksvig, of the Women’s Equality Party and is now its President. She published her bestselling biography of Prince Charles, Charles: The Heart of a King, in February 2015. She is also the author of the 2011 book Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly. An award-winning journalist, she started her career as a journalist at the Economist and also worked as a foreign correspondent for the German newsweekly Focus. She joined TIME magazine as Senior Editor in 2004, and during a 11-year tenure went on to serve as London Bureau Chief, Europe Editor and Editor at Large. She was President of the Foreign Press Association in London from 2003-2005. She is on the founding committee of the Women of the World Festival (WOW) and is a trustee of the medical charity, the National Migraine Centre.
Since leaving her job as a psychiatric nurse in 1987, Jo Brand has built a large following across the UK as a writer, broadcaster and stand up comedienne. She appears on television regularly, with examples including her award-winning Channel 4 show, Jo Brand Through The Cakehole, as well as stints on BBC’s Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Absolutely Fabulous and Question Time. She won the 2011 BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance in her series Getting On, which has received much critical acclaim. She is also the author of two autobiographies, Look Back In Hunger and Can't Stand Up For Sitting Down, and has recently presented the sister show to The Great British Bake Off, entitled An Extra Slice.
Sandi Toksvig is a well-known broadcaster for both television and radio, and a co-founder along with Catherine Mayer, of the Women's Equality Party. She also hosts The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 and 1001 Things You Should Know on Channel 4. She presented Excess Baggage on Radio 4 until 2012. She has written more than twenty books including fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children, most recently Peas and Queues, and is a regular columnist for Good Housekeeping magazine. In September 2012 her play 'Bully Boy' was the opening production for London's first new theatre in thirty years, the St James. Sandi is the new Chancellor of Portsmouth University, and it was recently announced that she would take over from Stephen Fry as the host QI on BBC2.
Caitlin Moran was brought up on a council estate in Wolverhampton where she was home-educated. She published a children’s novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of 16, then became a columnist at The Times at the age of 18, where she was a Columnist, Interviewer and awarded Critic of the Year. Her multi-award-winning bestseller How To Be a Woman was published in 25 countries, was a New York Times bestseller and won the British Book Awards Book of the Year. Her second book, Moranthology, was a Sunday Times bestseller, and she recently published her autobiographical novel How To Build A Girl. With her sister, she co-writes the Channel 4 sitcom Raised by Wolves.