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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Tue 29th May 2012

The Tabernacle

7pm

SoldOut

Chad Harbach

Chad Harbach

Chad Harbach grew up in Wisconsin, and graduated from Harvard in 1997. He was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where he received an MFA in Fiction in 2004. He is currently the Executive Editor of n+1, which he co-founded, and lives in Brooklyn. In 2012 he published The Art of Fielding, the heart-warming debut of the year that heralds the arrival of a major new American voice. “It's left a little hole in my life the way a really good book will” – Jonathan Franzen.

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is an award winning historian as well as a broadcaster, critic and art historian. In 1986, while still at college, he set off to follow on foot the outward route of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Mongolia and wrote a highly acclaimed bestseller about the journey, In Xanadu, when he was twenty-two. The book won the 1990 Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award and a Scottish Arts Council Spring Book Award. He followed this up with City of Djinns (1994), From the Holy Mountain (1997) and The Age of Kali (1998). In 1999 he changed genres and began writing history books. White Mughals was published in 2003 winning the Wolfson Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. He has been the South Asia correspondent of the New Statesman since 2004. He is also one of the co-founders and co-directors of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival.

Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins is a journalist, author and chairman of the National Trust. He writes a column twice weekly for the Guardian and weekly for the London Evening Standard. He edited the Evening Standard and The Times, was political editor of the Economist, and worked on Country Life and the Sunday Times. He served on the boards of British Rail, London Transport and the Museum of London and was deputy chairman of English Heritage. His books include works on London, the press and British politics. He wrote England’s 1,000 Best Churches, and England’s 1,000 Best Houses and a study of Welsh architecture. He recently published A Short History of England (2010) and his latest book is England’s 100 Best Views.

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven novels, a book of short stories and three works of non-fiction including The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children. He holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at six European and six American universities, is an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at M.I.T, and University Distinguished Professor at Emory University. He has received the Freedom of the City in Mexico City, Strasbourg and El Paso, and the Edgerton Prize of the American Civil Liberties Union. He holds the rank of Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – France’s highest artistic honour. In June 2007 he received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2008 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a Library Lion of the New York Public Library. In addition, Midnight’s Children was named the Best of the Booker – the best winner in the award’s 40 year history – by a public vote. A film of Midnight’s Children, directed by Deepa Mehta, was released in 2012, as well as an autobiographical memoir Joseph Anton.