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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 19th Nov 2012

The Tabernacle

7pm

SoldOut

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson is a journalist, columnist and novelist. She is former editor of The Lady - Britain's oldest women's weekly magazine, which has been in continuous circulation since 1885 - and the author of Notting Hell, Shire Hell and Winter Games. In 1989 she joined the staff of the Financial Times, becoming the first female graduate trainee at the paper, where she wrote on the economy. She moved to the BBC in 1994, but left to move to Washington DC as a columnist and freelancer in 1997. She has written weekly columns for the Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard and other regular columns for Easy Living, She Magazine, and the Financial Times. She is married with three children and lives in London.

Robin Dunbar

Robin Dunbar

Robin, currently Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology of the University of Oxford, is renowned for creating a formula which is now known as 'Dunbar's number' - and that number is 150. This calculates the 'cognitive limit' of the number of people we can hold meaningful friendships with. When it was first formulated it created a fevered debate about the nature of and the differences between, online and real 'friendships'. Robin has also explored the psychology and ethology of romantic love to find out if the brain - and science - can help us explain how and why we fall in love.

Sam Lee

Sam Lee

Sam Lee burst onto the music scene in 2012 with his aptly named debut album, ‘Ground of its Own’. This startlingly original work garnered instant acclaim, an Album of the Year nomination from the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, three BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations and was awarded Roots Magazine Album of the Year. The recording was a musical manifesto, reflecting the unusual artistic journey Sam has taken so far. His impact on the music scene began several years before his emergence as a singer in his role as an award-winning promoter and live events producer under the banner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Club of the Year, ‘The Nest Collective’. He has also been a teacher at Newcastle University and Goldsmiths College, and was awarded an Arts Foundation Award in 2011. Ahead of the release of his much anticipated second album in October 2014, Sam Lee and Friends have released a taster 4-track EP in May, ‘More For To Rise’, developed from songs collected by Sam from diverse parts of the Gypsy and Traveller community.

Julia Peyton-Jones

Julia Peyton-Jones

Julia Peyton-Jones, became the director of the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1991. She studied painting at the Royal College of Art, London, and worked as a practicing artist in London and a lecturer in fine art at Edinburgh College of Art. She moved to the Hayward Gallery in 1988 as curator of exhibitions.

The Serpentine completed a £4 million renovation in 1998. Since then, visitor numbers have increased almost three-fold to 750,000 per year. She serves on numerous committees and panels including the Westminster Public Art Advisory Panel, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1997. In 2003 she was made both an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE).