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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Sun 11th Sep 2016

5 speakers, 15 minutes each

The Tobacco Factory Theatres

7.30pm

Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Meatspace, and the Costa shortlisted novel, Coconut Unlimited. His short stories have featured in Best British Short Stories 2013, Five Dials, The Moth Magazine, Pen Pusher, The Sunday Times, Book Slam, BBC Radio 4, First City Magazine and Teller Magazine. He has written for the Guardian, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC and he’s been writer in residence for BBC Asian Network and Royal Festival Hall. He is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, The Good Immigrant, in which fifteen writers explore what it means to be Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic in Britain today.

Nikesh will talk about how isolated incidents of racism have a lasting impact on people’s mental health and as we watch the rise of the far right, we need to be careful to understand their power.

Keith Stuart

Keith Stuart

Keith Stuart is games editor at the Guardian. He started out as writer and features editor on the highly influential magazine Edge before going freelance in 2000 to cover games culture for publications such as The Official PlayStation Magazine, PC Gamer and T3, as well as investigating digital and interactive art for Frieze. He also writes about music, film and media for the Guardian and is a regular on the Tech Weekly podcast. He is married with two sons and lives with his family in Somerset.

Here, he will be joining us to talk about his debut novel A Boy Made of Blocks, a story of love, family, autism and Minecraft, which is based on his own experiences with his autistic son, Zac. The novel was written after The Guardian published a piece about how Minecraft had a hugely positive impact on Keith’s son Zac; it gave Zac a vocabulary and the confidence to use it, and meant that Keith was able to understand Zac better – having a positive effect on the whole family.

“Funny, expertly plotted and written with enormous heart. Readers who en-joyed The Rosie Project will love A Boy Made of Blocks” Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project.

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank is a writer, art historian, architectural consultant and broadcaster who’s made numerous history and cultural programmes for the BBC including Around the World in Eighty Treasures; Adventures in Architecture; Under Fire: culture and conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a visiting Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.

Dan has travelled extensively in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia during the last 15 years – including trips to Iraq just before and after the fall of Saddam, to Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya. He reflects upon the cultural and human atrocities committed by the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ and ponders the future of the monuments in the area as IS recedes.

Nimco Ali

Nimco Ali

Nimco Ali is a British Somali feminist, social activist and prolific social media commentator. She is co-founder and director of Daughters of Eve, a survivor led organisation which has helped to transform the approach to ending female genital mutilation (FGM). Nimco has also worked on The Girl Generation: Together To End FGM campaign, which celebrates the Africa-led movement to end FGM in one generation.

Currently she is an ambassador for #MAKERSUK. Makers is AOL’s women’s leadership platform that highlights the stories of groundbreaking women today to create the leaders of tomorrow. Most recently she was named by the Sunday Times as one of Debrett’s 500 most influential people in Britain. She is a trustee of Women for Refugee Women and a committee member of the Women’s Equality Party. Based in Bristol and London, Nimco will be talking about oversharing: “I have spent the last few years talking very openly about my Fanny, some might say oversharing at times. It is not something that I wanted to do but it is something that has set me free. In my attempt to get us to talk more about vaginas so we can keep them safe, I have found some of the deepest and most powerful experiences”

Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish

With Benjamin Zephaniah stating “I can’t take my ears off her”, Kate Tempest describing her poetry as “welcoming, galvanising and beautiful” and fans ranging from Robin Ince, Pink, Tim Minchen, Marian Keyes to most of the UK’s midwives, Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She is an Arts Foundation Fellow in Spoken Word, has garnered over two million Youtube views for her online poetry performances and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.

Here, she will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly about her latest book, Nobody Told Me. The book is a unique blend of poetry and storytelling, taken straight from Hollie’s personal diaries. Expect strong language as she talks colours, cravings, politics, transformers, sex, tree-climbing, feeding, train journeys, lots and lots of love and occasionally locking herself in toilets to cry a little.