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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Tue 20th Apr 2010

The Tabernacle

7pm

SoldOut

Beth Orton

Beth Orton

Beth Orton sings songs about, and from, key moments in her life. She has released numerous studio albums since her break in the mid-1990s, and won two BRIT awards and the Mercury Music Prize for her second, Trailer Park (1996). She is known for her mix of folk and electronica. In 2007, she joined forces with Annie Lennox and 22 other female artists to release 'Sing', a single for World AIDS Day.

John Hegarty

John Hegarty

John Hegarty is the co-founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Beginning at Saatchi and Saatchi, Hegarty founded BBH with his partners John Bartle and Nigel Bogle, a company which he now runs and has won numerous global awards for creativity in advertising  He has been responsible for iconic advertising campaigns for Levi's and Audi, and has pioneered the importance of music in advertising, securing BBH nine number one hits. He has been awarded honorary doctorates at universities including Middlesex, and sits on the Board of Trustees of Design Museum London.     founder of BBH Advertising and internationally renowned for his creativity discusses, the notion of ideas - why he likes them, what he likes about them and how his are formed. He follows the flow of ideas through art history, from the Renaissance period with its religious overtones through to the Dadaists and Pop artists of the twentieth century. He looks at the rebellion and the questioning apparent in modern art and comments on the increasing choice that is available to us all. At each stage, for Hegarty there is undeniable irreverence, and it is this that is key to his inspiration.

Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna is a novelist and memoirist. She published her debut The Devil that Danced on the Water in 2003, which tells the story of her family's move from Britain to Sierra Leone during Forna's childhood as part of the African renaissance generation, and her father's hanging on charges of treason in 1975. Her second novel, The Memory of Love (2010), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She was also a contributing writer on 10x10's film Girl Rising (2012), telling the story of 10 girls in developing countries and narrated by actresses including Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto and Cate Blanchett. In 2013, Forna took up a post as Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.  

Craig Brown

Craig Brown

Craig Brown has been writing the hugely popular Private Eye celebrity diary since 1989. He has also written parodies for many other publications, including The Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, The Times and The Guardian. His book One on One (2011) examines the curious nature of different types of meeting, from the oddity of encounters with the Royal Family (who start giggling during a recital by TS Eliot) to those often perilous meetings between old and young (Mark Twain terrifying Rudyard Kipling) and between young and old (the 23-year-old Sarah Miles having her leg squeezed by the nonagenarian Bertrand Russell), to contemporary random encounters (George Galloway meeting Michael Barrymore on Celebrity Big Brother).