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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 23rd Feb 2015
Since 1969 Antonia Fraser has written nine acclaimed historical works which have been international best-sellers including Mary Queen of Scots (1969); Charles II (1979); The Warrior Queens (1988); The Gunpowder Plot (1996) and Love and Louis XIV (2006). Antonia Fraser has also written eight crime novels and two books of short stories featuring Jemima Shore Investigator. Among the many awards she has received are the Wolfson Award for History; the James Tait Black Prize for Biography; the Crimewriters’ Non-Fiction Gold Dagger; the Franco-British Society Literary Award, and the Norton Medlicott Medallion of the Historical Association. She was made DBE in 2011 for her services to literature. Antonia Fraser is the eldest child of the Labour politician and prison reformer Lord Longford and the historical biographer Elizabeth Longford. She has six children by her first marriage to Sir Hugh Fraser MP and eighteen grandchildren. She has published two volumes of memoirs: Must You Go?, celebrating her life with Harold Pinter and My History: a Memoir of Growing Up.
Joanna Trollope OBE is the author of seventeen highly acclaimed bestselling novels including A Village Affair, The Choir and The Rector's Wife. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia's Daughters and several other novels. Joanna was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List. In 2012, Joanna was very proud to chair the Orange Prize for Fiction. Earlier this year, Joanna wrote a contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility as part of The Austen Project. Joanna's latest novel, Balancing Act, is out now in paperback.
Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser. He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability and is the author of several books, including the award winning Parrots of the World, Spix’s Macaw and How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet?. He was a co-author of Harmony, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly, and his multi-award winning best-seller What has Nature ever done for us? was published in January 2013 and shortlisted for Polemic of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2014.
Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian and affiliate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Her books include Falcon (2006) and Shaler’s Fish (2001) and H is for Hawk (2014) won the Samuel Johnson Prize
Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics and the arts. He’s lectured widely at Harvard, Yale, Cambridge and Stanford amongst others, and writes regularly for The New Yorker, Newsweek, and the Guardian. His highly acclaimed international study of depression, The Noonday Demon won the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. Far from the Tree his most recent book tells the stories of families raising exceptional children who not only learn to deal with their challenges, but also find profound meaning in doing so. Far from the Tree received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; the J. Anthony Lukas Award; the Anisfield-Wolf Award; the Wellcome Book Prize; the Books for a Better Life Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the Green Carnation Prize; the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Nonfiction; and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction, among others.