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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 7th Feb 2011
The Union Chapel
Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, but came to England with her family when she was twelve after escaping the Nazis and travelling through Switzerland and France as a young girl. She wrote about her early life in her autobiographical trilogy Out of the Hitler Time. Judith studied at the Central School of Art and later worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. She married the celebrated screenwriter Nigel Kneale in 1954, and left the BBC to look after their two children Matthew and Tacy, who inspired her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. She is also famous for the Mog series of picture books about the Thomas’ family cat and the strange things she gets up to. Judith books have sold over 10 million copies. Judith lives in South London with her latest cat, Katinka. She received an OBE for services to literature and Holocaust education in 2012, and celebrated her 90th birthday in June 2013 with the publication Judith Kerr’s Creatures published by Harper Collins. Her most recent picture book is The Crocodile Under the Bed.
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.
Famously outspoken Janet Street-Porter gives her guide to life, including a range of things to do with a shower cap- from the eccentric, to the wonderful, to the outrageous. Life's Too F***ing Short is Janet's book from which she draws these words of wisdom - a guide to getting what you want out of life without wasting unnecessary time, effort or money. It's the type of idiosyncratic advice that could help you out of a tricky spot... This is the inimitable Janet Street-Porter on flying form.
Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She is the author of World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability and Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance and Why They Fall. Chua’s most recent book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, was an international bestseller. In 2011, Time magazine named Chua one of the 100 most influential people in the world.