5 Speakers, 15 Minutes Each - September 2022

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Start the new season with 5x15 in September and journey from the ground beneath your feet, to island utopias and the outer edges of reason

Sam Knight
The Premonitions Bureau

Sam Knight joins us to talk about his first book, THE PREMONITIONS BUREAU, which reveals the strange, true and unsettling tale of a 1960s psychiatrist obsessed with investigating why some people seemed able to predict disaster. A story of madness and wonder, science and the supernatural, it is a journey to the outer edges of reason and the human mind. Sam is a staff writer for the New Yorker, has won two Foreign Press Association awards and was shortlisted for the 2018 Orwell Prize for political writing. His 2017 Guardian Long Read on the events that will follow the death of the Queen, ‘London Bridge is Down’, was viewed four million times.


Jack Parlett
Fire Island: Love, Loss and Liberation in an American Paradise

Jack Parlett is a writer, poet and scholar and a Junior Research Fellowship at University College, Oxford, where he also teaches. His research focuses on 20th and 21st century American literature and culture, with an emphasis on queer writing and questions of gender, sexuality, and race. He completed a PhD in English at Cambridge University, which he adapted as a monograph entitled The Poetics of Cruising: Queer Visual Culture from Whitman to Grindr, published by the University of Minnesota Press in February 2022. His book, Fire Island: Love, Loss and Liberation in an American Paradise, was published by Granta Books (UK) and Hanover Square Press (US) in May 2022.


Philip Lymbery
Sixty Harvests Left

Philip Lymbery is Chief Executive of leading international farm animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming, as well as being a Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, award-winning author and animal advocate. He was appointed an ambassadorial ‘Champion’ for the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021. He has played a leading role in many major animal welfare reforms, including Europe-wide bans on veal crates for calves and barren battery cages for laying hens. He has also spearheaded Compassion’s engagement with more than 1,000 food companies worldwide, leading to significant improvements in the lives of more than two billion farm animals every year. His first book Farmageddon was listed as a Book of the Year by The Times, while the second book in the trilogy, Dead Zone, was selected as a ‘Must Read’ by the Daily Mail.


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