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 now been going for 10 years and welcomed nearly 1000 incredible speakers to our stage talking. Check them out on our podcast and Youtube channel.

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.

5x15 Founders


Daisy Leitch

Daisy Leitch is a curator and producer. As well as being a co-founder of 5x15, she is a Vice President at the Hay Festival and works 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

Eleanor O’Keeffe

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

Rosie Boycott

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.

5x15 Producers


Jack Parlett

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 Cross

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.


Jacqueline Lam

Jacqueline is a social media content creator and co-curates 5x15 social channels. After studying social anthropology at SOAS, she has worked as an event coordinator at Jude Kelly Studios and CognitionX, The Festival of Artificial Intelligence and Breakthrough Technology alongside supporting 5x15 live events.

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

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5x15 Italy

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

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

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.