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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 22nd Mar 2010
Tristram Stuart is a writer and campaigner against food waste. In 2011 he was awarded the Sophie Prize for his contribution to international environmental causes. His prize-winning book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (2009) reveals that Western countries waste up to half of their food supplies, and his theory of 'freeganism' (eating food discarded by others, and recycling) purports that it could feed the world's one billion starving four times over. He set up Feeding the 5000 (www.feeding5k.org), the flagship event of a global food waste campaign where 5000 members of the public are given a free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted. Tristram continues to work with a range of NGOs, governments, and private enterprises internationally to tackle the global food waste scandal, as well as vocalising its moral importance for societies.
Williams Sieghart is a philanthropist and publisher. He is the founder of National Poetry Day, the Forward Poetry Prize, the Big Arts Week, Bedtime Reading Week and co-founded StreetSmart: Action for the Homeless in 1998. In 2012, he edited a collection of British poems called Winning Words: Inspiring Poems for Everyday Life, to tie in with the London Olympics. Sieghart co-founded Forward Thinking, promoting a more sensitive understanding of the recent troubles in the Middle East, and advocates representative dialogue as a factor in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
Deborah Moggach is a novelist and screenwriter. Her novel These Foolish Things (2004) was adapted by Blueprint Pictures into the box-office smash The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), starring Academy Award-winners Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Her 2005 screenplay for Joe Wright's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was nominated for a BAFTA. Moggach is also a patron of the charity Dignity in Dying, her passion for the cause demonstrated in the story she tells about her mother Charlotte Hough, who was sent to prison in the 1980s for assisting an elderly lady to take her own life.
John Mitchinson is a publisher and researcher. He was the original Marketing Director for Waterstones, before moving on to Harvill Press and Cassell & Co. He is the chief researcher of the television show QI, and writes the accompanying book series with the show's creator John Lloyd. He is also a co-founder of Unbound (www.unbound.co.uk), a crowd-funding form of publishing where writers pitch their ideas and the public can pledge to choose which books get written.
Brian Eno is a musician, composer, singer and record producer. He is widely credited as being a forerunner in the 'Ambient Music' movement in the 1970s, and has been part of numerous innovative projects during his career, including The Microsoft Sound, the six-second start-up music for the Windows 95 operating system. A sometime columnist for The Observer, Eno is politically active, particularly with regard to nuclear weaponry, an issue which no individual in this world can ignore.