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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 17th Oct 2011
Luke Johnson is the Chairman of Risk Capital Partners Ltd, a private equity house. He is the part owner and Chairman of Superbrands, Giraffe Restaurants, Patisserie Valerie and Baker and Spice. He is a major owner and Director of the market leader in car park equipment, APT Controls. Luke was Chairman of Channel 4 Television Corporation from January 2004 to January 2010. He writes a weekly column on entrepreneurship for the Financial Times and wrote a weekly column on business matters for the Sunday Telegraph for eight years until 2006. He took control of PizzaExpress with partners in 1993 and subsequently became Chairman growing the share price from 40p to over 900p. He sold out in 1999 and started Signature Restaurants, which owned The Ivy and Le Caprice, as well as the Belgo chain, selling the business in 2005. Since 1993 he has been involved as a Director/owner of various quoted companies in retailing, pubs and bars, parcel delivery and maritime commerce, including Whittard of Chelsea, My Kinda Town, Nightfreight and American Port Services. Luke was appointed Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008. His new book is Start It Up: Why Running Your Own Business Is Easier Than You Think.
Simon Garfield was born in London in 1960. He won the Guardian/National Union of Students "Student Journalist of the Year" award In 1981, and the same year became a sub-editor at the Radio Times (a UK guide to what's on TV and radio). He wrote scripts for BBC radio documentaries in the early 1980s, and wrote for Time Out magazine (where he was acting editor from 1988-1989). He has written for newspapers such as The Independent on Sunday and The Observer. He was named Mind Journalist of the Year in 2005. The award celebrates exceptional writing on mental health issues in the local, national, trade and consumer press. He is the author of a dozen books of nonfiction including Just My Type, published in 2010 in the UK and 2011 in the USA. His also recently wrote On The Map (2012) and his forthcoming book is To The Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World (2013).
Sonia Faleiro is an award-winning reporter and writer. She is the author of a book of fiction, The Girl and a contributor to numerous anthologies including AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India. Beautiful Thing is her first work of non-fiction and is based on five years of research in the secretive world of Bombay's dance bars. It was a Time Out Subcontinental Book of the Year and CNN's Mumbai Book of the Year. Critics described Beautiful Thing as 'a brilliant, unforgettable book by a writer who is one of the best of her generation'. Sonia was born in Goa, studied in Edinburgh, worked in Bombay, and now lives in San Francisco.
Professor Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist. In the Economist's Intelligent Life magazine (Autumn 2009) he was listed as one of the top living polymaths in the world. Born in Liverpool in 1946, one of five children, he trained as a doctor at Oxford University and at St Thomas' in London before going on to become Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in Health Care of the Elderly in Salford. Professor Tallis retired from medicine in 2006 to become a full-time writer, though he remained Visiting Professor at St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London until 2008. Over the last 20 years Raymond Tallis has published fiction, three volumes of poetry, and 23 books on the philosophy of mind, philosophical anthropology, literary theory, the nature of art and cultural criticism. Together with over two hundred articles in Prospect, Times Literary Supplement and many other outlets, these books offer a critique of current predominant intellectual trends and an alternative understanding of human consciousness, the nature of language and of what it is to be a human being. Recent books include Michelangelo's Finger: An Exploration of Everyday Transcendence; Hunger; and The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head.