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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Thu 28th Nov 2013

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel (RLife LIVE)

7pm

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Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler is the author of numerous books on the subject of her Antarctic travels, travel biographies, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her international bestseller Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica prompted one reviewer to write 'I do not think there will ever be a better book on the Antarctic'. She has travelled across the 5000 mile stretch of the Russian Arctic, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Lapland, using her own journey around the magnetic north to illuminate the lives of people who live in this harsh region of the world.

Lucinda Hawksley

Lucinda Hawksley

Lucinda Hawksley’s biography of Princess Louise, the rebellious daughter of Queen Victoria, grew out of her previous biographies Lizzie Siddal, The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel; and Charles Dickens’ Favorite Daughter: The Life, Loves & Art of Katey Dickens Perugini - she was intrigued to discover more about this artistic princess who kept appearing in her research. Lucinda's other books include March, Women, March: Voices of the Women’s Movement, 50 British Artists You Should Know and What Makes Great Art. Lucinda is a lecturer in literature and art history and a regular speaker at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She is an award-winning travel writer, a patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London and of the Norwegian Pickwick Club, and is a great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens.

 

Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing is a writer and critic. She's the author of To the River (2011) and The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink (2013). She's the former deputy literary editor of the The Observer and her writing has been variously compared to W.G. Sebald and Janet Malcolm. Her latest book The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone has been highly acclaimed.

Laura Dockrill

Laura Dockrill

Laura Dockrill is the author and illustrator of the Darcy Burdock series, Mistakes In The BackgroundUgly Shy Girl and Echoes. She also resurrects her words on the stage performing poetry and short stories spanning festivals to bookshops; including the E4 Udderbelly, Latitude Festival, Glastonbury, The London Literary Festival, and the BBC Proms. She was named one of the top 10 literary talents by The Times and one of the top 20 'hot faces to watch' by ELLE magazine.

She has performed her work on CBeebies, Newsnight, BBC Breakfast, Woman’s Hour and each of the BBC’s respective radio channels 1-6 and has been commissioned by Radio 1, 2 and 4. Laura is on the advisory panel at The Ministry Of Stories, has judged the John Betjeman Poetry Prize, been a BAFTA judge, and mentors with the charity First Story. She is currently working on the second Darcy Burdock book, a film-script, and song-writing (for others, of course!).

Frances Osborne

Frances Osborne

Frances Osborne is an author and a biographer. Her book Park Lane (2012) is the first of two historical novels for her UK publishers, Virago. In 2008 she published The Bolter: Idina Sackville – the woman who scandalised 1920’s society and became White Mischief’s infamous seductress, a National Bestseller in the USA. It was also listed as an O (Oprah Magazine) 'Terrific Read Of 2009', and was the San Francisco Chronicle’s 'Best Book of the Year'. In the UK, The Bolter was selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub, shortlisted for the 'Best Read in Britain' prize, and has held the Number One position in several paperback non-fiction lists, including The Sunday Times, where it was in the Top Ten for almost three months.