5x15 September 2021

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Join 5x15 in September as we explore the complex challenges of the modern world with an outstanding line up of writers.

Zakiya Dalila Harris
The Other Black Girl

Zakiya Dalila Harris is a New York based writer. Her forthcoming novel, The Other Black Girl (Bloomsbury Publishing), is one of 2021’s most anticipated debuts. Harris’ first novel, which contends with the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of book publishing, has already been optioned by for TV by Hulu with Temple Hill Entertainment and was picked as a ‘book to look out for in 2021’ by the Guardian, i paper, Irish Times, Evening Standard, BBC.co.uk, independent.co.uk, Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Before writing The Other Black Girl, Harris spent three years at Knopf. Prior to working in publishing, she received her MFA in creative writing from the New School and she currently teaches writing to children at Writopia Lab. Her work has appeared in Guernica and she reviews for The Rumpus.

Raynor Winn
The Wild Silence

Raynor Winn’s new memoir Landlines is a story that begins in fear but ends in hope. As the health of Moth, Winn’s husband, declines, the couple set out to walk the gruelling, remote and stunningly beautiful terrain of Scotland’s Cape Wrath Trail, reflecting on community and the environment along the way. Raynor is the bestselling author of the astonishing, multi-award-winning The Salt Path - released in 2019 - which told the story of another remarkable journey, when nature saved the couple once before. Just days after Raynor learnt that Moth, her husband of thirty-two years, was terminally ill, their home was taken away and they lost their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they made the impulsive, brave decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. 'You feel the world is a better place because Raynor and Moth are in it' - The Times

Aja Barber

Aja Barber is a writer, stylist and consultant whose work deals with the intersections of sustainability and the fashion landscape. Her work builds heavily on ideas behind privilege, wealth inequality, racism, feminism, colonialism and how to fix the fashion industry with all these things in mind. Aja is the author of Consumed: on colonialism, climate change, consumerism & the need for collective change.

Hannah Rothschild
The House of Trelawney

Hannah Rothschild is a writer and film director. Her documentary features have appeared on the BBC, HBO and at film festivals including Telluride, the London Film Festival and Sheffield. Working Title and Ridley Scott optioned her original screenplays. Her features and interviews appear in newspapers and magazines including W, Vanity Fair, The Telegraph, The Times, The New York Times, The Spectator, British and American Vogue. Her biography, The Baroness, tells the story of her great aunt Nica and Thelonious Monk and has recently been published by Virago Books. Her most recent book is a novel called The Improbability of Love published by Bloomsbury - it is a tenderly savage satire of London life and the art world.

Lucy Kellaway

For 31 years, Lucy Kellaway was an associate editor and columnist for the Financial Times. In her time at the FT, she also worked as energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and interviewer of business people and celebrities. She has become best known for her satirical commentaries on the limitations of modern corporate culture. She is the author of four books. In July 2017, she left the Financial Times to retrain as a maths teacher. She is the co-founder of Teach Now, a teacher training programme for experienced career changers looking to reapply their skills to the classroom.