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Speakers

Check out our speakers so far, more to be announced soon!

Graham Norton

Graham Norton

The multi-talented man of Friday night TV, Graham Norton, is also the novelist behind three stunning stories and Sunday Times bestsellers. He joins us at Life Lessons to discuss his latest, Home Stretch, and to share some of the many life lessons he’s learned from a career in showbiz.

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Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Star of the hit BBC One Series, Doctor In The House and author of The 4 Pillar Plan, Dr Rangan Chaterjee is a medical doctor with over 16 years experience and believes in a 360° approach to health by focussing on 4 pillars of health: Food, Movement, Sleep and Relaxation.

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Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax has spent the last three years speaking to the inspiring people who are spearheading the latest innovation and influencing a brighter future for humanity. In this latest book, she gives her positivity prescription, showing us the green shoots of optimism and change forcing their way up and into the sunlight.

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Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo, MBE, is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other made her the first black woman to win the Booker Prize in 2019, as well winning the Fiction Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 2020, where she also won Author of the Year, and the Indie Book Award. She also became the first woman of colour and black British writer to reach No.1 in the UK paperback fiction chart in 2020.

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 Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran's first taste of writing success was winning a Dillons young readers' contest for an essay on Why I Like Books, aged 13. Prodigiously talented, she won the Observer's Young Reporter of the Year competition at 15, and publishing her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, in the same year. A long-standing columnist for the Times, in 2011 Caitlin wrote the multi-award-winning bestseller How To Be A Woman which was published in 16 countries and won the British Book Awards Book of the Year. She is also the author of Moranifesto and the novels How to Build a Girl and How to be Famous.

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Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris

Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris

Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris. As a children's author and artist, Jackie Morris has created over forty books, including beloved classics such as Song of the Golden Hare, Tell Me A Dragon, East of the Sun, West of the Moon and The Wild Swans. She collaborated with Ted Hughes, and her books have sold more than a million copies worldwide.

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Dr Adam Rutherford

Dr Adam Rutherford

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly 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 the Sunday Times bestselling How To Argue With A Racist.

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Bryony Gordon

Bryony Gordon

A long-standing writer for the Daily Telegraph, Bryony Gordon’s weekly column has won her an army of fans who have followed her as she narrates, hilariously and honestly, the events of her everyday life. She is the author of The Wrong Knickers, The Sunday Times Number One bestseller Mad Girl which was nominated for a British Book Award, Eat, Drink, Run and Glorious Rock Bottom.

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Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and Booker prize nominee. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. Elif holds a PhD in political science and teaches around the world. She is a member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). An advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Elif is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED global speaker.

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Kate Humble

Kate Humble

Kate Humble is a writer & broadcaster specialising in science, wildlife & rural affairs. Together with her husband she runs Humble by Nature, a rural skills centre on a working farm near Monmouth in the Wye Valley. She lives in permanently muddy jeans on a smallholding in Wales.

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Magid Magid

Magid Magid

Magid Magid is a Somali-born black Muslim refugee who became the youngest ever Lord Mayor of Sheffield and one of the last UK MEPs.

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Simon Reeve

Simon Reeve

Arrested by the KGB, chased by cheetahs, hunting with the Bushmen of the Kalahari…Simon Reeve has lived quite a life. He’s the leading adventure traveller on British Television, travelling and filming in 120 countries, including many of the most beautiful, remote and dangerous parts of the planet. Simon’s also the New York Times bestselling author of more than six books. After a misspent youth he left school with no real qualifications and went on the dole - but went on to change his life, overcome his fears, and present over 20 TV series.

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Professor Robert Thomas

Professor Robert Thomas

Professor Robert Thomas is one of Britain's leading oncologists and an expert in integrating nutritional and lifestyle strategies into cancer treatment. As well as teaching at the University of Cambridge, he is a consultant oncologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospitals and designed the UK’s first government approved qualification in exercise rehabilitation for cancer patients.

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Kimberley Wilson

Kimberley Wilson

Kimberley Wilson is a nutrition trained Chartered Psychologist and author of How to Build a Healthy Brain. Her clinical work looks at the role food, nutrition and lifestyle play in mental health. Her private London clinic, Monumental Health, provides a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment, combining psychological therapy with nutrition and lifestyle support. Kimberley is also the host of the Stronger Minds Podcast where she provides insights into the mind and mental health along with the latest information and research on how to build healthy brains.

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Jim Al-Khalili

Jim Al-Khalili

Jim Al-Khalili is professor of physics at the University of Surrey. He is one of Britain's best-known science communicators and has written numerous books, including Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed; The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance; and Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology. He is a fellow of the Royal Society.

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