5x15 - Europa28 with the Hay Festival
Hilary Cottam is an internationally acclaimed social activist whose work has focused on collaborative and affordable solutions to some of the greatest social challenges of our time: challenges such as ageing, loneliness, chronic disease, good work and inequality. She has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and in 2005 was named UK Designer of the Year for her transformative social practice. Hilary continues to support communities and governments around the world to grow and extend an approach to social change which puts capability, relationships and deep human connection at its heart. @HilaryCottam
Janne Teller is a critically acclaimed and best-selling Danish novelist and essayist of Austrian-German family background. She has received numerous literary grants and awards, including the prestigious American Michael L. Printz Honor Award for literary excellency and the Danish Drassow’s Literary Peace Prize. Janne Teller has published six novels, including the modern Nordic saga Odin’s Island about political and religious fanaticism, as well as the existential Nothing that after initially being banned, is today considered a new classic by many critics. Janne Teller is also a human rights activist, and was one of the initiators of the 2013 Writers Against Mass Surveillance campaign. She is a member of the jury of the prestigious German Peace Prize. Originally educated as a macro-economist, in 1995 she dedicated herself full time to writing, Janne Teller has lived and worked with conflict resolution and humanitarian affairs for the EU and UN in Mozambique, Tanzania and many other countries around the world.
Her website: https://janneteller.com/
Kapka Kassabova is a cross-genre writer with an interest in deep journeys and human geographies. She is the author of three narrative non-fiction books: Street Without a Name (Granta 2008), Twelve Minutes of Love (Granta 2011), and Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (Granta/ Greywolf 2017) which won the British Academy’s Al-Rodhan Prize, the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, the Saltire Book of the Year, the Stanford-Dolman Book of the Year, the Highland Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the US National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Her native Balkans are the location for both Border and her new book, To The Lake: A Journey of War and Peace (Granta/ Greywolf 2020). She tweets at @Kapka_Kassabova
Ana Pessoa is a Portuguese writer and translator living in Brussels. She has published four novels for young adults which have won prizes in Portugal and abroad: Aqui é um bom lugar (2018 Maria Rosa Colaço Award, Portugal), Mary John (White Ravens Catalogue 2017), Supergigante (White Ravens Catalogue 2015; Shortlisted for the 2018 Cuatrogatos Foundation Prize in Mexico; Highly Recommended by FNLIJ, Brazil) and O caderno vermelho da rapariga karateka (Highly Recommended by FNLIJ, Brazil; 2011 Branquinho da Fonseca Prize, Portugal). Her books are published by Planeta Tangerina (winner of the 2012 Bologna Prize for Best Children's Publisher in Europe). Her books are included in the Portuguese Ministry of Education’s National Reading Plan. Ana is also a blogger (www.belgavista.blogspot.com).
Lisa Dwan is an Irish performer, director and writer. She has worked extensively in theatre, film, and television, both internationally and in her native Ireland, and writes, presents, lectures and teaches regularly on theatre, culture, gender and Beckett. She recently starred in Top Boy (a TV series for Netflix produced by Drake & Lebron James), and in Harold Pinters’ The Lover & The Collection at STC in Washington DC where she won the 2018-2019 Emery Battis award for outstanding contribution to acting. She is currently the 2018- 2019 distinguished artist in residence at Columbia University where she is teaching at the Institute of Women and Gender studies and developing a new theatre piece with Colm Tóibín based on Antigone which will have its world premiere at The Gate Theatre in Dublin this November as well as new version of Medea which she is co-writing with Margaret Atwood. She tweets at @Lisadwan