5x15 on Rivercide
Nick Hayes is a trespasser and a campaigner for the right-to-roam. He is also an author, illustrator, printmaker and political cartoonist. He has published four graphic novels and has worked for, among others, Literary Review, the British Council, The New Statesman and The Guardian. The Book of Trespass is a trespasser's radical manifesto.
George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the land, sea and human life and Heat: how to stop the planet burning; his latest is Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis. George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan; and has made a number of viral videos. One of them, adapted from his 2013 TED talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, has been viewed on YouTube over 40m times. Another, on Natural Climate Solutions, that he co-presented with Greta Thunberg, has been watched over 50m times. George is working on a new book, to be published in 2022, about how to feed the world without devouring the planet.
Peter Armstrong has been innovating new forms of progressive media for 50 years, including pioneering radio-link documentaries for Radio 4, the BBC’s Domesday Project, founding the BBC Interactive Television Unit and co-founding with Anuradha Vittachi OneWorld.net, OneClimate.org and Empathymedia.org. He has pioneered the use of live-streaming from climate actions, including the Paris, Copenhagen, Cancun, Bonn and Poznan COP meetings and most recently from Extinction Rebellion on the streets of London. In 2004, he received the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement for his contributions to interactive media - only the second person to win this award, after Tim Berners Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web.
Franny Armstrong is a former pop drummer and the inspirational filmmaker behind The Age of Stupid, McLibel and Drowned Out - which have together been seen by 70 million people on TV, cinema, the internet and DVD worldwide. She is also an environmental activist and founder of the 10:10 Campaign - which has persuaded Adidas, Microsoft, Spurs FC, the Royal Mail, 75,000 people, 1,500 schools, a third of local councils, the entire UK Government, hundreds of businesses and the Prime Minister to cut their emissions. The campaign is now active in more than 40 countries. Her production company is Spanner Films.Franny has been called a "21st Century Heroine" by Harper's Bizarre, an "Eco Hero of the Decade" by The Guardian, one of "London's 1,000 most influential people" by The Evening Standard, one of the world's "Top 100 Women" by the Guardian and "Green Personality of the Year" by Edie. She is a Londoner born and bred.
Karen Shackleton is a founder member of Ilkley Clean River Group, who are now the proud owners of the first river in the UK to be awarded Bathing Water Designation by Defra. Having been always interested in wildlife from a young age, Karen joined the Wharfedale Naturalists Society and served as Vice President until recently standing down to concentrate on the Clean River Group.