5×15 is an initiative of Rosie Boycott, Daisy Leitch and Eleanor O’Keeffe. We decided that in the age of the iPad, we wanted to establish a community event bringing world leading figures to London to speak to live audiences to spark ideas, inspiration and conversations.
We have had the pleasure to work with numerous partners including the World Bank, UNDP, Amnesty International, Tate Britain, Wellcome Trust, Hay Festival and Selfridges.
Daisy Leitch is a curator and producer who believes in the power of storytelling to shape a better world. As well as being a co-founder of 5x15, she is a Vice President at the Hay Festival and leads on global projects with WOW - Women of the World Festival. She has previously worked with Channel 4 and at the British Council and has been involved in numerous international projects in places including Paris, Dublin, New York, Delhi and Kathmandu.
Eleanor O’Keeffe is the former director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, and a co-founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature. She has been involved in arts events in Marrakech and Paris. 5×15 is her first London venture.
Rosie Boycott founded Spare Rib when she was 21, she went on to be the first woman to edit a national broadsheet newspaper and a national daily newspaper. In 2008 she was appointed as Chair of the London Food to advise the Mayor of London on sustainable food policy. In October 2016, the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan asked Rosie to lead the development of a new London Food Strategy. She is now a crossbencher in the House of Lords.
Jack Parlett recently finished a PhD in English at Cambridge and is currently writing a book about the literary history of Fire Island, an LGBTQ vacation spot near New York. He has written for publications including Literary Hub, Poetry London and Dazed & Confused and has worked in events production for 5x15 since 2013.
Stephanie joined 5x15 as a producer in 2016. She has ghostwritten two Sunday Times top 10 bestselling celebrity memoirs; is a freelance editor and critic; and also works as a writer-in-residence for the national literacy charity First Story.
London Bookshop Partner
Newham Bookshop is a leading independent bookshop serving the communities of east London for the last 40 years, promoting author events, and working in partnership with a number of organisations, including 5x15. Newham Bookshop works with local schools and libraries to encourage and develop the love of reading and books.
Our corporate clients
5x15 Italia finds its home in the beautiful and historic setting of the Circolo Filologico Milanese and is run by the dynamic team of Leopoldo Zambeletti, Marilù Martelli and Emma Gracis.
5X15 Amsterdam celebrates the open outlook of the city. Hosting world class speakers from The Netherlands and abroad curated by the team of Hannah McDonald, Heloise Hooton and Hannah Lack.
5x15 Bristol is an initiative of Jessica Huth and Helen Nixon producing sell out shows and bringing some of the country\'s finest speakers to Bristol. Expect an eclectic evening for curious minds, in an atmosphere more saloon than salon.