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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 28th Feb 2011

The Tabernacle

7pm

SoldOut

Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is an inspiring author, performer, feminist and playwright whose works for the stage include The Vagina Monologues, Necessary Targets, and The Good Body. She is also the author of Insecure at Last, a political memoir. Ensler is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. In the last decade, V-Day has raised more than $70 million for grassroots groups that work to end violence against women and girls around the world. In this film she describes the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where rape has been used a weapon of war against thousands of women during the long, brutal and ongoing civil war. The City of Joy is a centre for women to come together and talk and share their experiences. It has become a place for dancing, singing and finding joy out of despair. Ensler describes how Africa is the heart of the world and women the heart of Africa and how important it is for the terrible suffering of women and girls in the DRC not to be ignored.

Andrew Simms

Andrew Simms

Andrew Simms was Policy Director at nef (the new economics foundation) as well as the author of Ecological Debt: Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations, and the groundbreaking Green New Deal report. Andrew was one of the original organisers of the Jubilee 2000 Coalition debt relief campaign, devised the idea of ‘Ecological Debt Day,' also known as 'Overshoot Day,’ and was behind the onehundredmonths.org initiative. His groundbreaking reports on ‘Ghost Town Britain’ and ‘Clone Town Britain’, coined new terms and changed the debate on the impact of mass retailing on communities. He is also the author of: Tescopoly: How One Shop Came Out on Top and Why it Matters, co-editor of Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth? and author, with David Boyle, of The New Economics: A Bigger Picture. His new book published in 2010 is, Eminent Corporations: the Rise and Fall of the Great British Corporation and includes a history of the tragic oil company, BP.

Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie is a bestselling author, Sunday Telegraph Magazine columnist and former features editor of British Vogue. She has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel. In her acclaimed biography published in 2010 she unravelled the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now. Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements, at the same time as casting a clear eye over her transgressions. Using images she shows how the work of Coco was informed by her experiences in a convent as a child. Picardie also describes how close her links to Great Britain were and how under appreciated this fact is. Justine Picardie is the author of two novels and four non-fiction titles including 2002’s bestselling non-fiction memoir, If The Spirit Moves You, her first novel, Wish I May and Daphne.

Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd is a record and film producer. After graduating from Harvard, he worked as a production and tour manager for George Wein in Europe where he travelled with Muddy Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz and others; and at Newport where he supervised Bob Dylan’s electric debut. In 1966, he opened UFO, London’s psychedelic ballroom. His first record production was four tracks by “Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse” for Elektra in 1966. He went on to produce Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Richard & Linda Thompson, Maria Muldaur, Toots and the Maytals, REM, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, 10,000 Maniacs, Billy Bragg, Cubanismo, Taj Mahal and many others. As head of music for Warner Brothers Films, he organized the scoring of Deliverance, Clockwork Orange and McCabe and Mrs Miller. He helped set up “Broadway Pictures” in 1979-1980, then started Hannibal Records, which he ran for 20 years.