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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 23rd Jan 2012
Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls. Shafak is also a political commentator; she has written for several international daily & weekly publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Die Zeit, La Repubblica and The Independent.
Martin Gayford is the art critic for Bloomberg News and The Spectator, and contributes regularly to The Daily Telegraph, The Lady, Modern Painters and Harpers & Queen. Gayford described chronologically, in the acclaimed book Man With a Blue Scarf, sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs and images and the result vividly conveys what it is like to be on the inside of the process of creating a painting by a great artist. His newest book is A Bigger Message - which chronicles Gayford's conversations with David Hockney over many years and is destined to become another classic.
Harry Pearce joined Pentagram's London office as a partner in 2006 having co-founded and grown Lippa Pearce to become one of the UK's most respected design agencies over the previous 16 years. His work touches many disciplines, from spatial design and identity to print, packaging and posters. His diverse clients include Boots, The Co-operative, Waitrose, the Royal Academy of Arts, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Russian police force. Pearce is also a member of the advisory board for Witness working with Peter Gabriel for the human rights charity for over 17 years. In 2009, HarperCollins published Pearce's first book, a collection of typographic nonsense titled Conundrums.