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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 22nd Feb 2010
Rick Stroud is a television director and writer. Stroud began his work in film at Granada TV, where he directed episodes of Coronation Street and acted as Associate Producer on the 1981 adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. He has garnered BAFTA and Emmy nominations for his work in film and television. More recently he has turned to non-fiction writing, and his The Book of the Moon was published in 2009. In it, Stroud contemplates both the physics and the mythologies of all things lunar, explaining his own personal obsession with the moon, as well as that of the numerous individuals across history who have worked towards the conquest of this fascinating entity.
Flemming Rose is a Danish journalist and writer. As Cultural Editor, he was responsible for the publication of the controversial Muhammad cartoons in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005. He has participated in think-tanks and conference all over the world on the subject of the freedom of speech. He is also the author of Tyranny of Silence (2010), in which he discusses the erosion of free speech, and the part played by globalisation in creating ethnically, religiously and culturally complex communities where previously free remarks can become criminalised, and taken as causes for offense.
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.
Ben Macintyre is a historian and documentary presenter. His hugely successful books include Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Double Cross. His books have been made into BBC documentaries. Operation Mincemeat was a secret mission formulated and carried out by the British Army during the Second World War which used a dead body to hoodwink the Nazis. Double Cross tells the gripping true story of five of the double-agents who helped to make D-day such a success, whilst Agent Zigzag recounts the life of Eddie Chapman, one of Britain's most unlikely heroes.