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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 20th Jun 2011
Judith Owen has boldly followed her muse, independently releasing musical recordings that have captivated fans, fellow artists and the most discerning critics. She has been featured by NBC’s Today Show and NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and lauded by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and many others. Equal parts musicality, personality and wit, Owen’s music combines pop, rock, jazz, classical, R&B and theatrical influences. Her 2010 release The Beautiful Damage Collection features 16 meticulously crafted songs of past and present. She has collaborated with many people including her partner Harry Shearer. Owen has battled with depression and has spoken openly about this. A conversation with friend and fellow sufferer-UK comedienne Ruby Wax, resulted in the idea for Ruby Wax – Losing It, a poignant, funny yet devastatingly honest two woman show tracing the emotional descent of Wax, through music and monologues.
Writer and broadcaster who has spent much of his adult life travelling in and writing about the Middle East and North Africa. His writing has appeared in many UK newspapers, including the Guardian, the Independent, and the Daily Telegraph, and he is on the editorial advisory board of the Geographical Magazine. His broadcasting career began in the mid 1980s, hosting an arts programme for the Arts Channel, and he has since appeared on the BBC series The Thirties in colour and The Tourist. Sattin's books include the highly-acclaimed The Pharaoh's Shadow (2001), an account of his search for surviving ancient culture in Egypt, and The Gates of Africa (2004), the story of the 18th century search for Timbuktu. His book A Winter on the Nile (2010), tells of the journey Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert made in Egypt in 1849-50.
Jon Ronson's nonfiction books, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats have all been international and New York Times bestsellers. The Psychopath Test spent nearly two years on the UK bestseller list and ten weeks on the New York Times list. The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a film starring George Clooney. His most recent book is FRANK: The True Story That Inspired The Movie, telling the story of his work with musician and comedian Frank Sidebottom. In the UK he writes regularly for The Guardian and his many documentaries include Stanley Kubrick's Boxes, The Secret Rulers of the World, and seven series of the multi award winning BBC Radio 4 programme Jon Ronson On… His first fictional screenplay- Frank - stars Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It premiered at Sundance and SXSW to great critical acclaim and will soon be on general release. He is currently working on a book about public shaming for publication in early 2015.