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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 4th Mar 2015
Matt Haig was born in 1975. His debut novel, The Last Family in England, was a UK bestseller. The Dead Fathers Club, an update of Hamlet featuring an eleven-year-old boy, and The Possession of Mr Cave, a horror story about an overprotective father, are being made into films and have been translated into numerous languages. He is also the author of The Humans and the award winning children's novel Shadow Forest, and its sequel, The Runaway Troll. A film of The Radleys is in production with Alfonso Cuaron. His latest book is Reasons to Stay Alive. Matt has lived in London and Spain, and now lives in York with the writer Andrea Semple and their two children.
Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at UCL and a barrister at Matrix Chambers. He was co-founder of FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development), and established the programmes on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the European Journal of International Law and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (Blackwell Press).As a practicing barrister he has extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the European Court of Justice. He is author of Lawless World (Penguin, 2006) on the illegality of the Iraq war, and Torture Team (Penguin, 2008) on liability for torture.
Four years ago Observer restaurant critic, writer and broadcaster Jay Rayner came to 5x15 to talk about his passion for playing jazz piano. He had been playing for 35 years, was still distinctly mediocre but loved it. ‘We rarely talk about the things we love but are not very good at,’ he said. That night triggered a series of events, which led to an awful lot of practicing, a bunch of gigs and even a live session on BBC Radio 3. On March 4th, Jay returns to 5x15 with his jazz trio to explain what happened that night, and to examine the issue he faced: how does the amateur go about taking themselves seriously? How do we manage the process of going from being mediocre to acknowledging that a new skill has been acquired? With the bassist Robert Rickenberg and saxophonist Dave Lewis.