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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 4th Apr 2016

5x15: 5 speakers, 15 minutes each

The Tabernacle

Juliet Nicolson

Juliet Nicolson

Juliet Nicolson is the author of two works of history, The Great Silence 1918–1920, Living in the Shadow of the Great War and The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911, and a novel, Abdication. As the grand- daughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and the daughter of Nigel Nicolson she is part of a renowned and much scrutinised family and the latest in the family line of record-keepers of the past. She lives in East Sussex, not far from Sissinghurst, where she spent her childhood. She has two daughters, Clemmie and Flora, and one grand- daughter, Imogen.

Bruce Robinson

Bruce Robinson

Bruce Robinson is an English director, screenwriter, novelist and actor, renowned for 1987 cult classic Withnail and I, which he wrote and directed. Acting credits include Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and Ken Russell’s The Music Lovers. Robinson wrote the screenplay for Roland Joffe’s The Killing Fields, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and won a BAFTA. Most recently, Robinson directed The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp. His books include the semi-autobiographical novel, The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman and Smoking in Bed: Conversations with Bruce Robinson, edited by Alistair Owen. Robinson’s most recent publication is They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper, a gripping investigation into the true identity of history’s most notorious serial killer and the product of 15 years’ research.

Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton CBE is an English stage and screen actor. Staunton has performed in a variety of plays and musicals in London, winning three Laurence Olivier Awards; two for Best Actress in a Musical for her roles as the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and one for Best Supporting Performance for her work in both A Chorus of Disapproval and The Corn is Green. In 2015, she starred as Rose in Gypsy on the West End. Staunton drew critical acclaim for the title role in the 2004 film Vera Drake, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her other film roles include Mrs. Blatherwick in Nanny McPhee, Dolores Jane Umbridge in two of the Harry Potter films and Hefina Headon in Pride, for which she received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Jim Carter

Jim Carter

Jim Carter is an English film, television and stage actor. His film credits include The Madness of King George, Brassed Off, Shakespeare in Love and The Golden Compass, and in theatre The President of an Empty Room and the Oresteia (both with the Royal National Theatre) and The Wizard of Oz (for the RSC at the Barbican). Carter has also worked extensively in TV, starring in The Way We Live Now, Hornblower, Midsomer Murders and Cranford. His best known recent role is Mr Carson in Downton Abbey, a performance that has earned him four nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012-2015). He lives in London with his wife Imelda Staunton.

Harry Parker

Harry Parker

Harry Parker grew up in Wiltshire. He was educated at Falmouth College of Art and University College London. He joined the British Army when he was 23 and served in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009 as a Captain. He is now a writer and artist and lives in London. Anatomy of a Soldier is his first novel.