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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 1st Oct 2012
The Players Club
Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen's University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University and Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. In 2007 he was appointed Poetry Editor of The New Yorker. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, where he is an honorary Fellow of Hertford College. Paul Muldoon's main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Horse Latitudes (2006), and Maggot (2010).
Andrew Roberts has written or edited twelve books, and appears regularly on radio and television around the world. His biography of the Earl of Halifax, entitled The Holy Fox was published in 1991, followed by Eminent Churchillians in 1994. Other books include Salisbury: Victorian Titan, Napoleon and Wellington and Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 brought him an invitation to the White House in February 2007, where he delivered the prestigious White House Lecture. The Storm of War was published in August 2009 and reached No.2 on The Sunday Times bestseller list, and won the British Army Military Book Award for 2010. In April 2012 he was awarded the William Penn Prize.
Philip Gourevitch has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1995, and is a former editor of the Paris Review. He has written about the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda and Cambodia, about the dictatorships of Mobutu Sese Seko, in Congo, and Robert Mugabe, in Zimbabwe, about the Tamil Tigers, in Sri Lanka, about Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front, in France, and about the American soldiers who served at Abu Ghraib prison, in Iraq. Closer to home, he has written about solving a cold-case double homicide in Manhattan, about arranged marriages in Queens, about a debt collector in Tulsa, and about the late musician James Brown, in Augusta, Georgia. He also wrote extensively about the war in Iraq. He is the author of three books: Standard Operating Procedure (2008), A Cold Case (2001), and winner of numerous literary prizes, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (1998).
Siri Hustvedt is a highly unusual writer—an internationally acclaimed and bestselling novelist and an intellectual with voracious interests. Siri is as well-respected in literary circles for her bestselling novels (including The Sorrows of an American and What I Loved), as she is in the artistic community for her lectures at museums around the world and her book of essays on visual art (Mysteries of the Rectangle), and by neuroscientists for her interdisciplinary memoir The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves and her delivery of the thirty-ninth annual Freud lecture in Vienna in 2011. Her most recent book is a collection of essays: Living, Thinking, Looking. Siri Hustvedt was born in 1955 in Northfield, Minnesota. She moved to New York City in 1978 and earned her Ph.D. in English literature at Columbia University in 1986. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.