5 speakers 15 minutes each

Viv Groskop

Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature. As she knows from personal experience, everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in these novels: from not being sure what to do with your life (Anna Karenina) to being in love with someone who doesn’t love you back enough (A Month in the Country by Turgenev) or being socially anxious about your appearance (all of Chekhov’s work).

Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian (Say Thank You to the Lady and Be More Margot), a crack interviewer (most recently seen on Graham Norton’s UK-wide book tour), and an agony aunt for The Pool. She is the author of I Laughed, I Cried (Orion 2013), and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer and Mail on Sunday, as well as Front Row, Woman’s Hour and Newsnight.