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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 19th Mar 2012

The Tabernacle

7pm

SoldOut

John O’Farrell

John O’Farrell

John O'Farrell is an author, broadcaster and comedy scriptwriter. He was a lead writer for Spitting Image from 1988 to 1993 when he left to write Have I Got News for You. In 1998, he published Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter. A number of other fiction and non-fiction books followed including The Best A Man Can Get, This Is Your Life and May Contain Nuts. In 2007, he returned to non-fiction with the publication of An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, or 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge which went on to sell over 250,000 copies. This was followed by An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always.

David Lammy

David Lammy

David Lammy is the MP for Tottenham. He is the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the Riots. Born in Tottenham to Guyanese parents, Lammy won a scholarship to the King's School in Peterborough before going on to study law at the School of Oriental Studies in London. He also holds a Master's degree in law from Harvard University. Lammy was elected MP for Tottenham in 2000 when he was just 27. Under the Labour government, he served in a number of ministerial positions including as Minister for Culture, and as the Minister for Higher Education. Lammy was a trustee for ActionAid from 2000 to 2006 and now serves as one of its Honorary Ambassadors.

Rory Sutherland

Rory Sutherland

Rory Sutherland is Vice Chairman of Ogilvy Group. He joined Ogilvy & Mather's planning department in 1988, and became a junior copywriter, working on Microsoft's account in its pre-Windows days. An early fan of the Internet, he was among the first in the traditional ad world to see the potential in these relatively unknown technologies. An immediate understanding of the possibilities of digital technology and the Internet powered Sutherland's meteoric rise. He continues to provide insight into advertising in the age of the Internet and social media through his blog at Campaign's Brand Republic site, his column "The Wiki Man" at The Spectator and his busy Twitter account.

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka was born in Kiel, Germany, after the war, grew up in England and lives in Sheffield. Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, longlisted for the Man Booker and won the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction and the Waverton Good Read Award. Her second novel, Two Caravans, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. Her new novel is Various Pets Alive and Dead.