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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Thu 28th Oct 2010
The Union Chapel
Hannah Rothschild is a writer and film director. Her documentary features have appeared on the BBC, HBO and at film festivals including Telluride, the London Film Festival and Sheffield. Working Title and Ridley Scott optioned her original screenplays. Her features and interviews appear in newspapers and magazines including W, Vanity Fair, The Telegraph, The Times, The New York Times, The Spectator, British and American Vogue. Her biography, The Baroness, tells the story of her great aunt Nica and Thelonious Monk and has recently been published by Virago Books. Her most recent book is a novel called The Improbability of Love published by Bloomsbury - it is a tenderly savage satire of London life and the art world.
This is the tale of a man obsessed with one thing and one thing alone - the stately home of Thrumpton Hall in Nottinghamshire. Miranda Seymour describes her father, George FitzRoy Seymour's obsession with the house, which- although he wasn't due to inherit it by birth- he became deeply attached to from an early age and came to possess. Miranda weaves the story of her father's life and the history of the house together in this astonishingly honest story which lays out some of the dark truths lurking within the high brick walls of Thrumpton. Throughout this story the voice of Miranda's mother rings out, a counterpoint to Miranda's own narrative.
Toby Young is an outspoken journalist and author. His book How to Lose Friends and Alienate People was a massive best seller and turned into a film starring Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst. He is a regular commentator on television and in the national newspapers. He has a column in the Spectator. In September 2011, Toby Young, founded one of the first free schools in the UK- the West London Free School.
Noel 'Razor' Smith was born in South London and first became acquainted in crime and developed a hatred of the police after being violently attacked. After going into prison, he became more entangled in a criminal lifestyle and he went on to spend most of his adult life inside for a range of crimes including armed robbery. Smith was largely uneducated but he went on to teach himself to read and write while on the inside, entering prison story competitions and after some time coming to the attention of the author Will Self. He managed to secure a publishing contract for his first book A Loaded Gun. It wasn't until after the death of his son, (he missed the funeral as he wasn't allowed out of prison to attend) that Smith really decided to reform his ways, voluntarily entering an intensive rehabilitation programme. Smith has managed to turn his life around and is now the Editor of Inside Time.