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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 17th Jun 2013
Joe Boyd, record producer (Nick Drake, REM, Pink Floyd, Toumani Diabate among many) and author of "White Bicycles: Music In the 1960s" joins with singer Robyn Hitchcock (subject of Jonathan Demme's film "Storefront Hitchcock") for a 15 minute slice of the acclaimed show they have performed across the US and the UK. Joe tells stories from the 1960s and Robyn (who bought so many of the records Joe produced in the 1960s that "he is my Frankenstein and I am his monster") sings the appropriate songs.
A few years ago, George Monbiot was persona non grata in seven countries and had a life sentence in absentia in Indonesia. He is now a bestselling author, columnist for the Guardian and Visiting Professor at the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. In 1995 Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. His books include Captive State: the Corporate Takeover of Britain; The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order; Heat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning and Feral: Searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding. His weekly column for the Guardian is syndicated in the US, France, Italy, Canada, Australia, India, Pakistan, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and Russia, and he appears frequently on radio and television. His website, www.monbiot.com, is one of the world’s highest-ranked comment sites and holds an archive of his articles.
Mark Hix is an English chef and restaurateur. He is known for his original take on British gastronomy. After 17 years as Chef Director at Caprice Holdings, he opened his first restaurant in 2008 – the distinguished HIX Oyster & Chop House in Farringdon. Following the success of Chop House Mark opened HIX Mayfair, HIX Soho, HIX City and his chicken and steak concept restaurants Tramshed in Shoreditch, and Hixter Bankside. In autumn of 2015 Mark opened his first stand-alone bar in The Old Vic theatre, offering a late-night venue in Waterloo. Mark and long-time friend Damien Hirst announced their collaboration on Pharmacy 2: colliding their two greatest passions, art and food. The restaurant in Vauxhall opened its doors on 23 February 2016.
Ruby Wax is a well known TV personality, actor and has been an active voice in the battle against mental illness. Ruby Wax has completed an MSc in Psychotherapy. Ruby and her friend Judith Owen wrote a show called, “Live from the Priory” which was performed at the actual Priory. It toured NHS institutions for the following two years and later became the hit show Losing It. She has since founded the website The Black Dog Tribe, which is a forum on which people with depression can meet: http://blackdogtribe.com.
Philip Hoare (born 1958, Southampton) is the author of six works of non-fiction: Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant (1990) and Noel Coward: A Biography (1995), Wilde’s Last Stand: Decadence, Conspiracy, and the First World War (1997), Spike Island: The Memory of a Military Hospital (2000), and England’s Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia (2005). Leviathan or, The Whale (2008), won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. An experienced broadcaster, Hoare wrote and presented the BBC Arena film The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and directed three films for BBC’s Whale Night. He is Visiting Fellow at Southampton University, and Leverhulme Artist-in-residence at The Marine Institute, Plymouth University, which awarded him an honourary doctorate in 2011. He is also co-curator, with Angela Cockayne, of the Moby-Dick Big Read, www.mobydickbigread.com His latest book, The Sea Inside, was published by Fourth Estate in June 2013.