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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Tue 31st Jul 2012

Soho Theatre

7pm

SoldOut

Bernie Katz

Bernie Katz

Bernie Katz is a writer and Front of House Manager at The Groucho Club on Dean Street. His book Soho Society, published in 2008, was a collection of short stories about colourful Soho characters, with cover artwork contributed by Sir Peter Blake and Damien Hirst, and a foreword by Stephen Fry. For almost 20 years, Katz has been the gatekeeper of The Groucho and guardian of its secrets, earning himself the nickname of ‘Prince of Soho’.

Craig Taylor

Craig Taylor

Craig Taylor was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up on Vancouver Island. He is the author of Return to Akenfield and One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, which began life as a column in the Guardian newspaper. Both have been adapted for the stage. He is the editor of the literary magazine, Five Dials. His third book, Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now - As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It and Long for It was published by Granta in 2011 to great acclaim. He now lives in London.

Jean Picton

Jean Picton

Jean Picton was born in 1934, and after joining a circus at the age of 14, started her theatrical career. She toured the UK’s variety theatres in the 1950s and became one of the famous Windmill Girls at Soho’s Windmill Theatre, working with such greats as Harry Secombe and Bruce Forsyth. In the 1970s and 80s, she went on to appear regularly on television in the USA and at home, in series such as Hi-de-Hi! and EastEnders. In 1990, she started painting seriously and has gone on to exhibit her paintings in the UK and beyond.

Molly Parkin

Molly Parkin

Molly Parkin is a Welsh painter, novelist and journalist. In 1949 Parkin gained a scholarship to study fine art at Goldsmiths College, and then a scholarship to Brighton College of Art. After separating from her first husband, she turned to fashion to support her two daughters and worked alongside Mary Quant, before opening her own Chelsea boutique and founding the iconic Nova magazine in 1964. She was fashion editor of Harpers & Queen and The Sunday Times, and went on to become a television personality in the 1970s. She then turned to writing – penning 10 novels – and returned to painting in the 1990s. In 2010, she published her memoirs Welcome to Mollywood, charting her colourful life and many love affairs. In 2011 she was a ‘castaway’ on the BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.