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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 14th Oct 2013
Simon Garfield was born in London in 1960. He won the Guardian/National Union of Students "Student Journalist of the Year" award In 1981, and the same year became a sub-editor at the Radio Times (a UK guide to what's on TV and radio). He wrote scripts for BBC radio documentaries in the early 1980s, and wrote for Time Out magazine (where he was acting editor from 1988-1989). He has written for newspapers such as The Independent on Sunday and The Observer. He was named Mind Journalist of the Year in 2005. The award celebrates exceptional writing on mental health issues in the local, national, trade and consumer press. He is the author of a dozen books of nonfiction including Just My Type, published in 2010 in the UK and 2011 in the USA. His also recently wrote On The Map (2012) and his forthcoming book is To The Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World (2013).
Rowan Pelling is a journalist and broadcaster. She worked at Private Eye prior to taking over the magazine Erotic Review (which takes a literary approach to sexuality and eroticism) in 1997, expanding it from a 16-page quarterly to a glossy monthly, and editing it for eight years. Additionally, she edits The Decadent Handbook, is a patron of the Cambridge Wordfest, and was a judge for the Man Booker Prize in 2004. She now writes a weekly comment column in The Daily Telegraph, and is the sex columnist for the Daily Mail.
Meg Rosoff is the multi-award winning author of How I Live Now, Just In Case, What I Was, The Bride's Farewell, There Is No Dog, Moose Baby and Picture Me Gone. She is the author of numerous children's books, though their appeal is widespread. She achieved great success with her debut novel How I Live Now in 2004, winning the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Michael L. Printz Award for Young Adult Fiction. It has been adapted into a film featuring Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan in the lead, and directed by the Academy Award and BAFTA winner Kevin Macdonald.
Andrew Motion is a poet, biographer, and sometime novelist. He has won the Arvon/Observer, John Llewelyn and Dylan Thomas Prizes for his poetry, and from 1999-2009 served as the UK's Poet Laureate. His work is often lauded for its clarity of style, and he himself states that he avoids 'ornate language' and 'obvious tricks'. He cites Wordsworth, Edward Thomas and Philip Larkin as important influences. He also acts as Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University, Chairman of the Literature Panel at Arts Council England, and in 2012 was appointed as President for Campaign to Protect Rural England. He was knighted in 2009 for his services to literature.