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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 15th Apr 2013
Richard Holloway is a Scottish writer and broadcaster, and was formerly Bishop of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church and was elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1992. He resigned from these positions in 2000 and is now regarded as one of the most outspoken and controversial figures in the Church, having taken an agnostic worldview and commenting widely on issues concerning religious belief in the modern world. He is well known for his support of progressive causes, including campaigning on human rights for gay and lesbian people in both Church and State, and has questioned and addressed complex ethical issues in the areas of sexuality, drugs and bioethics. He has been a reviewer and writer for the broadsheet press for several years, including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Scotsman. He is also a frequent presenter on radio and television. He is the author of over 20 books, including his latest, Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt.
Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls. Shafak is also a political commentator; she has written for several international daily & weekly publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Die Zeit, La Repubblica and The Independent.
Ed Smith was educated at Cambridge University where he took a double first in history. Aged 18, he became the youngest ever Cambridge undergraduate to score a century on his first class debut. He was a professional cricketer for 13 years, at Kent and then at Middlesex, where he was captain in 2007 and 2008. He played three Test matches for England and retired from cricket after breaking his ankle in 2008. He is now a columnist and features writer for The Times and his column Left Field appears weekly in the New Statesman. He is a member of the BBC’s Test Match Special team and appears regularly on Radio 4's Today programme. Ed is the author of four books: Playing Hard Ball, a comparison of cricket and baseball; On and Off the Field, a diary of the year he played for England; What Sport Tells Us About Life andd Luck: What It Means and Why It Matters.