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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 20th Oct 2014

The Tabernacle

7pm

SoldOut

DBC Pierre

DBC Pierre

DBC Pierre was born in 1961 in Reynella, Australia. He was brought up in Mexico and the UK, and now lives in County Leitrim, Ireland. He worked previously as a designer and an internationally published cartoonist and burst onto the literary stage with his debut novel Vernon God Little, a dark satire set in the aftermath of a Texas high school massacre published in 2003. It won the MAN Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award. Ludmila's Broken English, his second, was published in 2006. His most recent book is Petit Mal a collection of writing that was published by Faber in 2013.

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.

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy trained at Dartington College of Arts leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, highly acclaimed for their "intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination", including Pax and Heresies for the Royal Shakespeare, Deborah's early novels, Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography and The Unloved have just been reprinted by Penguin. Her new acclaimed autobiographical essay, Things I Don't Want to Know, a response to Orwell's essay, Why I Write, was described by The Guardian as "original, unmissable, like chancing upon an oasis. The writing is of such quality that you want to drink it slowly." It is now out in paperback, also published by Penguin. In 2012 Deborah was nominated for the Booker Prize for her novel Swimming Home. She has always written across a number of art forms, theatre, performance, visual art and was AHRB Fellow at the Royal College of Art from 2006-9.  

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the Guardian and the Observer. His novels include Towards the End of the MorningHeadlong, Spies and Skios. His seventeen plays range from Noises Off, recently chosen as one of the nation's three favourite plays, to Copenhagen, which won the 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year and the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play. He is married to the writer Claire Tomalin.

Charles Spencer

Charles Spencer

Charles Spencer was educated at Eton College and obtained his degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including the Sunday Times bestseller Blenheim: The Battle for Europe, which was shortlisted for History Book of the Year at the National Book Awards, and Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier. His most recent book is The Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I.