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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 20th May 2013
John Sweeney worked as a newspaper journalist for more than two decades before he moved into broadcasting. John joined the BBC in 2001, where his outstanding skills as an investigative journalist have helped to free or clear the names of seven men and women falsely accused of child murder or killing by questionable expert evidence. In 2002, he defied Robert Mugabe's ban on the BBC reporting from inside Zimbabwe to reveal mass graves in the country. He put his personal safety on the line in another way in Russia when he sampled illegal vodka for a report on people being poisoned by bootleg alcohol. This dogged determination to get to truth made him an ideal candidate to work as a reporter on Panorama. His reports have included the death of former Russian security officer Alexander Litvinenko in London and China's continuing restrictions on human rights in the run up to the 2008 Olympic Games. His film, Scientology and Me, on the controversial organisation supported by Hollywood believers like John Travolta and Tom Cruise remains one of the most watched and talked about Panoramas of recent years. He also recently spent eight days undercover in North Korea making a Panorama on one of the world's most secretive and little known places.
Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics and the arts. He’s lectured widely at Harvard, Yale, Cambridge and Stanford amongst others, and writes regularly for The New Yorker, Newsweek, and the Guardian. His highly acclaimed international study of depression, The Noonday Demon won the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. Far from the Tree his most recent book tells the stories of families raising exceptional children who not only learn to deal with their challenges, but also find profound meaning in doing so. Far from the Tree received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; the J. Anthony Lukas Award; the Anisfield-Wolf Award; the Wellcome Book Prize; the Books for a Better Life Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the Green Carnation Prize; the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Nonfiction; and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction, among others.
Former chair of the Board of Forestry Commissioners, Pam Warhurst is a community activist. She lives in Todmorden West Yorkshire and from there co-founded Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership. She is the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing regional chair and she also chairs Pennine Prospects, a regeneration company for the South Pennines. She has previously served on the Board of Natural England, where she worked on the countryside and rights of way bill. Pam has also been Deputy Chair and Acting Chair of the Countryside Agency, leader of the Calderdale Council and chair of the National Countryside Access Forum and Calderdale NHS Trust. She was awarded a CBE for services to the environment in 2005.
Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Records and Naim Label, and "revelatory" live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world. Barb celebrated 2011 by touring the UK extensively with a new Bob Dylan collection, performing the show Girl Talk with Mari Wilson and Gwyneth Herbert, and collaborating with Kuljit Bhamra and Simon Wallace on Durga Rising. The Man In The Long Black Coat – Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan was released in May 2011 by Linn Records to excellent reviews. In 2012, Barb worked on and completed her long awaited new release Stockport To Memphis with collaborators Simon Wallace and Jenny Carr. The album is biographical, drawing on Jungr’s north-western upbringing and celebrates elements of her musical and geographic journey. Barb has worked with many of the finest musicians and composers in the UK, has toured all over the world with the British Council in the 1990s, appeared in Australia, toured across Norway and Holland and performs regularly in New York and across the United States.