5x15 Notting Hill - March 2020

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35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road, London W11 2AY
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Helen Lewis
Difficult Women

Helen Lewis is a staff writer at the Atlantic, and a former deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times, New York Times and Vogue. She is a regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster, a regular panellist on the News Quiz and Saturday Review, and a paper reviewer on The Andrew Marr Show. She was the 2018/19 Women in the Humanities Honorary Writing Fellow at Oxford University. She tweets at @helenlewis

Lijia Zhang
Socialism is Great

Lijia Zhang is a rocket-factory worker turned freelance journalist, social commentator and the author of Socialism is Great! A Worker's Memoir of the New China. Born into a poor working class family in Nanjing, on the banks of Yangtze River, Lijia excelled at school, and dreamt of becoming a writer and a journalist. In 1980, aged 16, she was dragged out of school and put to work at a military factory that produced intercontinental missiles. As an escape route, she taught herself English and took solace in literature. She arrived in England in 1990, and studied journalism. Returning to China three years later, she started a career by helping foreign correspondents before becoming a journalist in her own right. Articles, usually commentary pieces on China’s social, cultural and political changes, have been published in South China Morning Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, Japan Times, The Guardian, Newsweek and The New York Times. Her first fiction project – Lotus – tells the story of a young working girl, set in modern day Shenzhen, known as China’s ‘capital of sins’. She tweets at @zhanglijia64

Claudia Hammond
The Art of Rest

Claudia Hammond is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and psychology lecturer. She is the voice of psychology on BBC Radio 4, where she is the presenter of All in the Mind and Mind Changers. She is the author of three books, Emotional Rollercoaster, Time Warped, winner of the popular science category of the British Psychological Society Book Award 2013, and most recently Mind Over Money. Hammond has been awarded the British Psychological Society’s Public Engagement and Media Award, Mind’s Making a Difference Award, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology’s Media Achievement Award and the Public Understanding of Neuroscience Award from the British Neuroscience Association. She tweets at @claudiahammond

Adam Rutherford
How to Argue with a Racist

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science and The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry with Dr Hannah Fry. He is the author of Creation, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, The Book of Humans and How to Argue with a Racist. He tweets at @AdamRutherford