Chair: Brian Cathcart
- Lucy Reed (barrister and chair of the Transparency Project)
- Sophie Walker, criminal barrister and former CEO of Centre for Criminal Appeals, representing criminal law, and
- Adam Wagner, barrister and founder of RightsInfo, representing the human rights angle.
Chair: Brian Cathcart
Sasha & The Shades are a six piece band fronted by Sasha Adamczewski on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, backed by Tom Julian Jones on lead guitar and harmonica, Sam Rutland on bass and vocals, and Paul Winter-Hart on drums, Eli Rose also on Lead Vocals and finally Arthur Palmer on Keys.
Musically, Sasha & The Shades aren't easy to pigeonhole but at the heart of it is a convergence of blue-collar rock, blues, and punk music. The group takes influence from bands such as Dr Feel Good, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Ramones and Nick Curran & The Lowlifes.
London duo Tokyo Taboo’s comprise of singer Dolly Daggerz and guitarist Mike, who are joined by a band for their live shows. Dolly takes inspiration from iconic performers from Heart to David Bowie and Karen O and Mike simply loves a good riff. Tokyo Taboo is a perfect amalgamation of Dolly and Mike’s influences; inspired by Manga, Japanese culture, drag and 80s fashion, they are true performers, with an image that equals the intense vibrancy of what you hear on record.
From Dolly’s quarter life crisis to politics and vulnerability, they aren’t afraid of smashing the expectations of ‘the industry’ whilst wearing their hearts on their sleeves - cuts, bruises, tears and all.
CHAIR: KIRSTY LANG
The legendary Phillipa Perry, cartoonist, therapist talks about her number one best selling book ‘The Book yo wish your Parents had Left (And your Children will be glad you did).
CHAIR: THEOHANA WILLIAMS
Known for weaving their own web of rock, psychedelia and shoegaze, Microdots create a soundscape of atmospheric melodies and powerful rhythms that have enraptured listeners all over the Denver area. With reverb-soaked guitar chiming over driving bass and drums, JD’s lyrics completely allure the audience into a sea of fantastical imagery.
Kemarlo Tomlin stage name Boasy Solgy known for songs such as Nuh Dirt, Walking Cash Machine and Dry Tears. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he left the country in 2004 and headed for the UK.
He came to notoriety in the late 70's as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a d.j at the first punk club 'The Roxy' in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and begun to make his first film 'The Punk Rock Movie'. He spent a period directing over 300 music videos for an eclectic mix of diverse artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley. He then moved into documentary work covering the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, George Clinton and most recently Paul McCartney.
China’s fraught relationship with its minorities is, unfortunately, nothing new – but in the 21st century, the storm clouds have been gathering apace.
Discussion chaired by Peter York
Peter is an author / journalist / broadcaster and a management consultant – a Capitalist Tool. Under both hats the subject of social groupings and market segments is his major preoccupation. His earliest and best-known description of a social group came in his best selling book ‘The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook’, which he co-authored with Ann Barr. Since then he has charted the fortunes of many elite groupings, from designers (‘chic-graphique’) to Television Types. He believes that while sociologists and market researchers are forever studying The Rest Of Us, the people at the top have escaped scrutiny for too long.
Peter started writing as Style Editor at Harpers & Queen and over the last 30 years he has produced a flood of broadsheet articles and 11 books. He has also contributed to television programmes from ‘The Tube’ to ‘Newsnight’ and made some of his own, including two series, one on style and one on The 80s and a number of single ‘authored’ documentaries, including ‘The Rise and Fall of The Adman’, all for BBC2.
Candace Carty Williams
Patrick Howse worked for the BBC for 25 years.
The bulk of his career was spent as a news gathering producer covering wars, riots and other events around the world, which involved being shot at, tear-gassed, pelted with stones, bricks and bottles, punched, kicked and spat at.
He also had a narrow escape from a rocket that came through the ceiling of his office in Baghdad, where he was bureau chief between 2004 and 2009 at the height of the violence that followed the US-led invasion.
After leaving the Corporation in 2015 he trained conflict journalists from international news organisations, and now earns a living as a freelance writer, editor and poet. His first collection of poems, Shadow Cast By Mountains was published by Hayloft Books in 2017, and the second, The Road Taken, will appear later this year.
He’s been a vocal critic of the BBC’s coverage of Brexit, in particular what he feels is their misplaced obsession with ‘Balance’.
One of the UK’s foremost poets, regularly anthologised and headlining festivals nationally and internationally. A BBC regular, Salena Godden has written and presented several arts and music programmes – a film of her poem Titanic was aired as part of BBC poetry programme We Belong Here. A short-fiction Blue Cornflowers was shortlisted for the Guardian Short Story Prize 2016. Her essay Shade was published in 2016’s literary sensation The Good Immigrant, which won the Reader’s Choice Book Of The Year Award. A new piece Skin was commissioned for The Essay and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in February 2017. Her live album LIVEwire showcases a broad range of her work and has attracted rave reviews since launching with indie poetry label Nymphs and Thugs. The LIVEwire limited edition vinyl launches with the N&T ‘Summer of LOVEwire’ UK tour in spring 2017.
Cult With No Name (often abbreviated to CWNN) is a musical duo from London, UK, formed in 2004, comprising Erik Stein and Jon Boux. Influenced largely by electronic music, post-punk and modern classical music, they refer to themselves 'post-punk electronic balladeers'.
CWNN's music has been described as difficult to categorise. However, they have been compared to Roxy Music, Tuxedomoon, the Pet Shop Boys, Colin Newman, Nits, David Sylvian, and Scott Walker, amongst others.
Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. With fierce compassion and honesty, she reported from the most dangerous places in the world, fractured by conflict and genocide, going in further and staying longer than anyone else.
Related book: In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum TBC