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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Wed 23rd Nov 2011

The Tabernacle

7pm

SoldOut

Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and, most recently, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; a critical study of John Berger, Ways of Telling; five genre-defying titles: But Beautiful, The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, and The Ongoing Moment. His collection of essays, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012. He is also the editor of John Berger: Selected Essays and co-editor, with Margaret Sartor, of What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney. A new book, Another Great Day at Sea, about life aboard the USS George H W Bush, will be published in May. Dyer currently lives in Venice, California.

Rebecca Frayn

Rebecca Frayn

Rebecca Frayn is a film maker, screen writer and novelist. Over the years she has directed a wide range of signature documentaries for Cutting Edge, Modern Times, The South Bank Show and Imagine, and an original three-part series Space for the BBC. More recently still she has directed two drama projects, the second of which, Whose Baby? was about father's rights for ITV, starring Sophie Okonedo and Andrew Lincoln. She has made a number of films about prominent women of our times, including Aung San Suu Kyi, Leni Riefenstahl, Annie Leibovitz and Nora Ephron, while her screenplay for the BBC's Screen On One, Killing Me Softly was about Sara Thornton, whose controversial conviction for the murder of her alcoholic husband helped bring about a reform of the law on domestic violence. Her first novel was One Life her second novel was Deceptions. Her most recent project is a screenplay about Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, a love story about the world’s most prominent prisoner of conscience and her marriage to Dr Michael Aris. The film stars Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis and directed by Luc Besson.

Vendela Vida

Vendela Vida

Vendela Vida is an American novelist, journalist, and editor. She has written, Girls on the Verge, And Now You Can Go, and Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name. Her most recent book is The Lovers: A novel. She co-founded and co-edits the monthly periodical The Believer. She is also a co-founder with her husband Dave Eggers of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organisation that teaches creative writing to children and teens in the United States. She collaborated on the screenplay for the 2009 film Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes.

Thomas Penn

Thomas Penn

Thomas Penn was born in 1974. Studying English at Oxford University, he first encountered the strange, seductive world of Henry VII through the writing of the Tudor poet John Skelton. Having gained a PhD in early Tudor history from Cambridge University in 2001, he moved to London, where he works in publishing and remains immersed in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England, his first book, was about Henry VII received great critical acclaim.

Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively is an acclaimed novelist, who has won many major book awards including the Booker Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Carnegie Medal. She was born in Cairo, Egypt and spent her childhood there. She came to England at the age of twelve, in 1945, and went to boarding school in Sussex. She has reviewed regularly and written articles for most major newspapers and magazines, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors, of which she is a former chairman. She is a former member of the Arts Council Literature Panel and of the Board of the British Library. She has been a member of the Board of the British Council and of the Council of Goldsmiths College. She was awarded the OBE in 1989 and CBE in 2002.