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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 14th Sep 2015
The Gentle Author
The Gentle Author
In August 2009, the anonymous Gentle Author set out to write ten thousand stories about the life and culture of the East End of London at the rate of one a day for twenty-seven years and four months on the blog Spitalfields Life. Drawing an extraordinary global readership in recent years, the blog has been accompanied by a series of best-selling books including Spitalfields Life, The Gentle Author's London Album and more recently Spitalfields Nippers.
Dr Matthew Green is a writer, historian and broadcaster with a PhD in the history of London from Oxford University. He is the author of London: A Travel Guide Through Time, published by Penguin in June 2015. Aside from books, he writes historical features for the Telegraph and Guardian, appears in documentaries on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, has been the guest historian on Radio 4's Long View, and gives talks all over London. He is the co-founder of Unreal City Audio, which produces immersive, critically acclaimed tours of London as live events, audio downloads and apps. He passionate about bringing history to life through books, tours, talks, TV and radio.
Adrian Evans is one of the UK's leading directors and creative producers. As a director at the Thames Festival Trust he recently launched Totally Thames, a month long season of events taking place each September to celebrate the river. The festival aims to capitalise upon the expanded public interest in the river following events such as The Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, the thousand boat flotilla to which Adrian contributed the original idea and creative direction. He was honoured with an LVO (Lieutenant of the Victorian Order) for his services to the Diamond Jubilee.
Rosie Boycott is a writer and broadcaster whose career has spanned the national media. She co-founded the feminism magazine Spare Rib in 1971, and went on to become the UK's first female editor of a British daily newspaper, the Independent on Sunday. She has also edited Esquire, The Independent, and The Express. She has appeared regularly on The Late Review (BBC2) and The Moral Maze (BBC Radio 4), and written several books, including A Nice Girl Like Me and Our Farm: A Year in the Life of a Smallholding. Rosie was appointed Chair of London Food by the Mayor to help improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food. She writes and speaks regularly about the importance of food in improving health and in reducing carbon emissions.