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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 17th Nov 2014
Cerys Matthews is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, author and broadcaster. She hosts a Sunday morning music show on BBC 6 Music, makes documentaries for television as well as BBC Radio 2 and 4 and is a regular writer and presenter for the Culture Show and the One Show. Cerys won gold at the Sony Radio Academy Awards and her Penguin published sing-a-long book Hook, Line and Singer has been a bestseller. She has served as creative director for the World music expo and as a judge for the Dylan Thomas literary prize, 2013. Cerys has, since childhood, collected, sung and played traditional songs from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England, and has gone on to share them with audiences worldwide. She remains an avid collector of songs from all over the globe. She was lead singer and songwriter for multi-million selling band Catatonia, and duets with Sir Tom Jones on perennial winter favourite 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'.
Hofesh graduated from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music before moving to Tel Aviv to join the world renowned Batsheva Dance Company. Hofesh began drum and percussion studies whilst in Tel Aviv and continued later in Paris at the Agostiny College of Rhythm. In 2002 Hofesh arrived in the UK. His choreographic debut Fragments, for which he also created the score, immediately attracted international attention and in 2004 Hofesh was commissioned by The Place Prize to create the sextet, Cult. In 2008 Hofesh formed Hofesh Shechter Company, which embarked on its first world tour. Since then the Company can be found performing throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Australia and reaching audiences in many of the world’s leading dance venues.
Shaun Usher is a writer and editor, and sole custodian of the popular blog 'Letters of Note', an online homage to offline communication: letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes and memos. A collection of these correspondences, Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of A Wider Audience, was published by Canongate to much acclaim in October 2013 and became a bestseller. His blog dedicated to notable lists, including those of Isaac Newton, Anne Frank, Charles Darwin and Walt Disney, will be published in the book Lists of Note in October 2014.
Colin Thubron CBE is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier) and Shadow of the Silk Road. In 2010 he became President of the Royal Society of Literature. His most recent book is To a Mountain in Tibet.
Owen Jones was born in Sheffield, grew up in Stockport, and studied history at Oxford. His first book, the international bestseller Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and chosen as one of the New York Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2011. In 2013 he received the Young Writer of the Year prize at the Political Book Award. He is a columnist for the Guardian and a frequent broadcaster. His latest book is The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It, published September 2014.