5x15 - April - Free Online Event
Margaret Heffernan is one of the UK’s most highly regarded thought leaders. An entrepreneur, CEO and keynote speaker, she is the also author of five previous books: Beyond Measure, A Bigger Prize, Wilful Blindness, Women on Top and The Naked Truth. The best-selling Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times, and was shortlisted for the FT Business Book Award 2011. Her TED talks have been seen by over eleven million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. Born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated at Cambridge University, Margaret worked in BBC Radio for five years where she wrote, directed, produced and commissioned documentaries and dramas, and has herself written five plays.
Jonathan Drori is a Trustee of The Eden Project and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and on the Board of Cambridge University Botanic Garden. He is a member of the Council of Ambassadors of the WWF and is also an Ambassador for the Woodland Trust and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
He is a former Trustee of The Woodland Trust and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (where he also chaired its commercial arm). He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Zoological Society of London.
Jonathan has previously been Head of Commissioning for BBC Online, and before that, an Executive Producer and Director of more than fifty prime-time BBC television science and technology documentaries and series. He’s also known for several TED talks on pollen, seeds and flowers - which have been viewed more than 3 million times. He was made CBE by H. M The Queen in December 2006.
James Naughtie, special correspondent for BBC News, is one of the country's best-known broadcasters. He presented Today on Radio 4 for 21 years, and has reported for the BBC from around the world for more than three decades. Alongside his journalism he has wide cultural interests, and has written and produced many documentaries on music and books, and presented concerts from across Europe for radio and television. On Radio 4, he has hosted every edition of Bookclub since it began in 1998. James has been travelling in America since the 1970s - witnessing many of the important events that have shaped the country as it is today. On the Road is an account of his experiences, the places and people he has encountered, and the changes he has seen.
Mark O'Connell is the author of To Be a Machine, which won the Wellcome Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Royal Society Insight Investment Book Prize. He has written for the Guardian, the Sunday Times, Slate, the New York Times among others, and been interviewed on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4 and NPR. He lives in Dublin with his family.
Hadley Freeman grew up in New York City and London. She has been a staff writer at the
Guardian since 2000 and has contributed to many other publications, including Vogue (US and
UK.) House of Glass is her fourth book. She lives in London with her partner and their three children.
Craig Brown is the author of 18 books, and a prolific journalist. He has been writing his parodic diary in Private Eye since 1989. He is the only person ever to have won three different Press Awards – for best humorist, columnist and critic – in the same year. He has been a columnist for, among others, The Guardian, The Times, The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph. He currently writes for The Daily Mail and the The Mail on Sunday. His book, Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret won an international bestseller and won the James Tait Black Memorial Award, the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Award. One Two Three Four is his latest book. It's a kaleidoscopic mixture of history, etymology, diaries, autobiography, fan letters, essays, parallel lives, party lists, charts, interviews, announcements and stories published to coincide with the 50 anniversary of the break-up of the Beatles.