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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 18th Mar 2013

The Tabernacle

7pm

SoldOut

Giles Duley

Giles Duley

Giles Duley was born in 1971 in London. After 10 years as an editorial photographer in the fashion and music industries, Duley began focusing his work on humanitarian projects. He has worked with charities such as Médecins sans Frontiers, IOM and the UNHCR to highlight lesser known stories deserving of public attention and action. In 2011, whilst on patrol with 75th Cavalry Regiment, United States Army in Afghanistan, Duley stepped on an improvised explosive device. He was severely injured, losing both legs and an arm. His work has been exhibited and published worldwide in many respected publications including Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sunday Times, The Observer and New Statesman. In 2010 he was nominated for an Amnesty International Media Award and was a winner at the Prix de Paris in 2010 and 2012. His self-portrait was selected for the 2012 Taylor Wessing Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

A.L. Kennedy

A.L. Kennedy

AL Kennedy is a Scottish writer and stand-up comedian. She is the author of six novels, two books of non-fiction, and five collections of short stories. She has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and has won many prizes including the Lannan Literary Award, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. Her 2007 novel, Day, won the Costa Book of the Year award, and her new book (published in March 2013) is On Writing, a masterclass in the craft of writing, based on the hugely popular blog that Kennedy writes for the Guardian. She lives in Glasgow and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at Warwick University.

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier was born in 1962 and grew up in Washington, DC. She has a BA in English from Oberlin College, Ohio, and an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. She has lived in London for over 20 years, and is married, with one son. She was a reference book editor for several years before turning to writing full-time. Her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, has sold almost 4 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson. Her other books include The Lady and the Unicorn (2003) and Remarkable Creatures (2009). Her new novel is The Last Runaway.

Dan Pearson

Dan Pearson

Dan Pearson trained at the RHS Garden Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Dan began his professional career as a garden and landscape designer in 1987, and was one of the earliest contemporary practitioners of naturalistic perennial planting in the UK. Dan has been a weekly newspaper gardening columnist for over 14 years, spending 9 years at The Sunday Times, followed by a period at The Daily Telegraph. He has been writing for The Observer magazine since 2006. He sits on the Editorial Board of Gardens Illustrated magazine. He was joint author of The Essential Garden Book with Sir Terence Conran and author of The Garden: A Year At Home Farm, Spirit: Garden Inspiration and Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City. He has designed five award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens and has presented and appeared in TV series on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick is the founder of Heatherwick Studio. At the heart of his studio’s work is a profound commitment to finding innovative design solutions with an absolute dedication to artistic thinking and the latent potential of materials and craftsmanship. Notable projects include the Olympic Cauldron for the 2012 Olympic Games, the New Bus for London, and the award winning UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. In 2004 Thomas was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry. He was awarded the Prince Philip Designers Prize in 2006 and the London Design Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to design in 2010. In 2013, he was awarded the Critics’ Circle Visual Arts and Architecture Award and he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the design industry. Photo Credit: Jason Alden