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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Wed 18th Nov 2015

The Tabernacle

7pm

Bee Rowlatt

Bee Rowlatt

Bee Rowlatt is a writer and journalist. The best-selling Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad(Penguin) has been dramatised by the BBC, and translated into numerous languages. She clocked around 19 years at the BBC World Service (now freelance), and has written for numerous publications including The Telegraph and The Independent, appearing regularly on TV and radio also. Bee does regular workshops and school events on journalism, radio, working motherhood, and feminism, and is also vice-chair of a campaign for a memorial statue of Mary Wollstonecraft. Bee won the Society of Authors' K Blunder Trust award to complete the travels for her current book, In Search of Mary, which is inspired by the life of Mary Wollstonecraft and will be published by Alma Books in October 2015.

Asif Khan

Asif Khan

Asif Khan was born in 1979 in London. He studied Architecture at the Bartlett School and the Architectural Association School. His eponymous London-based practice works across the fields of architecture, industrial design and furniture with a particular eye for projects that combine these fields in new and unexpected ways. He is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most exciting designers and has won countless awards and recognition for his work. His work includes the Coca-Cola ‘Beatbox’ pavilion for the 2012 Olympic Games and the MegaFaces project for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. For this latter, he was awarded the prestigious Cannes Lion Grand Prix for Innovation – the first time this has been awarded to an architectural studio. He was one of six finalists from 1715 entries in an international competition to design the new Guggenheim Art Museum in Helsinki. He is a board member of the Design Museum in London.

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in London. A former Waterstones bookseller, she is now Project Director of the charity Quick Reads and Associate Editor of The Bookseller magazine. She is also Book Editor at Prima and does a book club with Nikki Bedi on her BBC Radio London show on the first Friday of every month. Her memoir, The Last Act of Love, about the life and death of her brother has been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016.



Carlo Rovelli

Carlo Rovelli

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer who has worked worldwide in the US, UK and Italy, and is currently the head of the Equipe de Gravite Quantique at the Theoretical Physics Dept of Aix-Marseille University in France. His work is mainly in the field of quantum gravity, where he is among the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory. He has also worked in the history and philosophy of science. He collaborates regularly with several Italian newspapers, in particular the cultural supplements of Il Sole 24 Ore and La Repubblica, and is the author of numerous books including Quantum Gravity and The First Scientist: Anaximander and His Legacy. His most recent book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, is the single best-selling book in Italy of 2015, and has been already been awarded numerous prizes, including The Galileo Prize and the Masi Prize, from his home city of Verona.

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is one of the most respected scientists and secularists in the world. From 1995 to 2008 he was the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is an internationally best-selling author, with books including The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Literature. His around-the-world speaking tour is the focus of recent documentary The Unbelievers, which also features appearances by Woody Allen, Stephen Colbert, Cameron Diaz, Ian McEwan, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Hawking, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman, and Sarah Silverman. In 2013 he published his autobiography An Appetite for Wonder, which is followed by a second volume, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science, to be published in September 2015.