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Fiona Shaw
On the creative process

Fiona Shaw is an Irish actress and director, and one of the most recognised performers of her generation. A star of both stage and screen, she has numerous film credits, including diverse roles in My Left Foot (1989), Three Men and a Little Lady (1990) and a turn as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter series, to name but a few. She has worked extensively with the National Theatre, and received several awards for her work on stage, including three Laurence Olivier awards for best actress. Recent award winning television performances include Carolyn Martens in Killing Eve.


Colin Grant
Homecoming- Voices of the Windrush generation

Colin Grant is the author of Homecoming (2019); Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey (2008), I and I: The Natural Mystics Marley, Tosh and Wailer (2011), Bageye at the Wheel (2012). Homecoming draws on over a hundred first-hand interviews, archival recordings and memoirs by the women and men who came to Britain from the West Indies between the late 1940s and the early 1960s. In their own words, we witness the transition from the optimism of the first post-war arrivals to the race riots of the late 1950s. Homecoming is an unforgettable portrait of a generation, which brilliantly illuminates an essential and much-misunderstood chapter of our history.

Colin Grant is an author and teaches creative non-fiction writing, most recently for Arvon and Sierra Nevada College. Grant is also a historian, Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies and producer for BBC Radio. He joined the BBC in 1991, and has worked as a TV script editor and radio producer of arts and science programmes on radio 4 and the World Service. He has written and directed plays including The Clinic, based on the lives of the photojournalists, Tim Page and Don McCullin. Grant has also written and produced several radio drama-documentaries.


Luke Harding
Shadow State- Murder, mayhem & Russia's remaking of the West

Luke Harding is a Guardian foreign correspondent who has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. His books include Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem, and Russia's Remaking of the West and Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House. Collusion was a #1 New York Times best-seller.

The Kremlin expelled Harding from Russia in 2011 while working as a reporter in the country. He has written five other books including A Very Expensive Poison, about the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, and Mafia State about his work in Russia as a reporter and becoming an enemy of the Kremlin.


David Spiegelhalter
Communicating statistics, risks and uncertainty in the age of COVID19

David Spiegelhalter is Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the University of Cambridge, which aims to improve the way that statistical evidence is used by health professionals, patients, lawyers, media and policy-makers. Apart from academic publications, he has written The Norm Chronicles (with Michael Blastland), Sex by Numbers, and the recently-published The Art of Statistics. He presented the BBC4 documentaries Tails you Win: the Science of Chance and the award-winning Climate Change by Numbers. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005, knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics, and was President of the Royal Statistical Society for 2017-2018. His greatest achievement came in 2011, when he was 7th in an episode of Winter Wipeout.


Linda Scott
The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Women's Empowerment

Linda Scott is Emeritus DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Oxford, and Senior Consulting Fellow to Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs. She founded, and is now Senior Adviser to, the Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment and founded DoubleXEconomy LLC, a consulting firm specializing in women’s economic empowerment. Scott works with multinational corporations, international agencies, national governments, and global NGOs designing and testing programs to better include women in the world economy.

Professor Scott was selected as one of the Top 25 Global Thinkers by Prospect magazine in 2015. Linda is best known for her concept of the Double X Economy, a perspective that describes the global economy of women not just as consumers or workers, but as investors, donors, and entrepreneurs.


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