#13 EDITION

 

SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 18, 2018

WORLD NEWS

ALAN RUSBRIDGER

The former Editor-in-Chief will be in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Hannah MacInnes, on the past, present and future of the press, and the forces menacing its freedom. How do we know any more what is true and what isn’t? As the editor of the Guardian, Rusbridger oversaw some of the most groundbreaking news stories in recent history, including the Edward Snowden NSA revelations, phone hacking and Wikileaks.

 

UK NEWS

State Of The Nation

Question Time meets Cafe Fighting. SOTN has become a flagship event at the Wilderness Festival and was a highlight of our #11 Edition. A collection of the events’ best speakers - comedians, politicians, refugees, radicals, writers - square off against topics tossed into the ring by the audience. Subjects in the past have ranged from Brexit to black holes. You call the shots, first to the mic gets a minute, unless they are tapped-out by a challenger. Hosted by BAFTA-winning satirists from Jolyon Rubinstein.

BUSINESS

DAVID GRAEBER

David is an author and professor of anthropology at the LSE and was a leading figure in the Occupy Wall Street movement. He is sometimes even credited with having coined the slogan, "we are the 99 percent". He will be interviewed by Renegade Inc’s Ross Ashcroft about bullshit jobs - the title and topic of his latest book. 
 

CULTURE
Sofar Sounds Presents Sans Soucis

With an aim to bring the magic back to live music, Sofar have a reputation for invite-only secret shows in living rooms across London. This makes them ideal Culture Section partners for the giant living room that is Sunday Papers Live, and for this culture section they bring with them Sans Soucis for an evening of music and songwriting, exploring stories of purpose and belonging featuring Jonathan Moko on bass and Corrie Dick on drums.


 

LIFESTYLE
(or lack thereof)

Jessica Fostekew

Jess co-hosts the giant podcast 'The Guilty Feminist' as well as hosting her own, new, fast-rising one 'Hoovering'. She starred in BBC's 'Motherland' and BAFTA winning 'Three Girls' and Netflix's 'Cuckoo' as well as giant feature film 'Official Secrets’; and she writes for ‘8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown'
 

TRAVEL 

MEGAN HINE & TRISHA ANDRES

Trisha Andres, The Daily Telegraph's Commissioning Editor for Travel talks to Megan Hine - the survival expert behind some of the most macho men on TV including Bear Grylls - on women, adventure and tough survival situations, from Mexico to Namibia. 
 

STYLE 

ANNA REYNOLDS

Anna Reynolds is Senior Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection - the art collection of the British Royal Family and one of the largest and most important art collections in the world -responsible for the care and display of approximately 8,000 paintings across royal residences including Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle. 
 

GARDENING

JONATHAN BARTLEY

Leader of the Green Party, Jonathan first joined the party after hitting headlines during the 2010 general election when he confronted David Cameron over his plans for disabled children. As a campaigner for social and environmental justice, Jonathan has championed disability rights, campaigned on the refugee crisis and called for an end to indefinite detention.  After being re-elected as co-leader of the Green Party earlier this year, Jonathan has stood alongside grass roots activists across the country with their fights against fracking and High Speed 2, and wants to put the Green party on course to become the third party in Britain, building on this year’s local election success, and get a Green on every council in England and Wales.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

MARCUS CHOWN

Marcus is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, his books include The Ascent of Gravity, which was 2017 Sunday Times Science Book of the Year and Solar System for iPad, which won The Bookseller Digital Innovation of the Year. His latest book, published last month, is Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand: 50 Wonders that Reveal an Extraordinary Universe. 
 

COLUMNIST

STEVE CROSS

Hosting, facilitating, and generally smoothing out proceedings is our #12 edition homemaker. Once upon a time he was a spectacularly poor lab scientist, then an OK science communicator and for a while a museum and art curator for Wellcome Collection. These days he’s a geek comedian, presenter and producer, travelling across the UK helping all sorts of intellectual types share their passions.

 

CROSSWORDS

SON & SONS

It wouldn’t be our 5th birthday without crosswords. Barely more coherent than toddlers themselves, our crossword gurus have been running the sillier side of Sunday for 5 years. Brush up on your charade skills for the live crossword challenges, but also pop down to their pub quiz and crafternoon crafts table full of crafty crafts. 

THE WALK

THE EARTH WALK

In this walk, Saci Lloyd will teach you to hear like a deer, see like an owl and quit your inner city stride for something more ancient. 

 

#12 EDITION

 

SUNDAY - APRIL 8, 2018

WORLD NEWS

JON SNOW

Jon has been the face of Channel 4 News since 1989 and has travelled the world to cover the news – from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela to Barack Obama's inauguration and the earthquake in Haiti. Jon was a highlight of our #2 Edition back in 2013, so it is a joy to welcome him back for more candid insights and an extended Q&A to help celebrate our fifth birthday. 
 

UK NEWS

I SEE YOU...

Stand-up comedian Sam Gore's weekly I See You articles have been taking down celebrities and politicians with cutting, satirical, absurdist diatribes on Facebook since 2014. If you have not read them we suggest you look them up immediately. They are not just funny, they are damn insightful. Sam is bringing them out of the dark and onto the stage for a one-off highlights reel. If Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker hosted a verbal cage-fighting tournament the winner would be Sam. 

 

STYLE

CHERRY HEALEY, ANNA 'MOTHER PUKKA'

& ZOE 'DRESS LIKE A MUM'

Is it as easy as it looks to create an online brand and/or business or is there swan-like hard work under the surface? The sartorial sage Zoe De Pass of Dress Like a Mum and campaigning powerhouse Anna Whitehouse of Mother Pukka talk to broadcaster and  Cherry Healey about what's really behind the big, beautiful velvet curtain of curated social media and, if things aren’t quite what they seem, what can others learn from the reality of building a brand and business online. 

 

CULTURE

REEPS ONE

 A highlight of the #3 Edition, Reeps One's work is the product of a highly intimate, lifelong relationship with the human voice. The London-born musician and artist has been obsessively experimenting with innovative vocal practices alongside the creative representation of physics and sound since the age of 18. Yeff’s unique skills have seen him uncover new keys to cognitive efficiency and expand his phonetic vocabulary to new boundaries.

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RÍOGHNACH CONNOLLY

Our headliner Ríoghnach is best known as the voice of Honeyfeet & The Breath. For our #11 Edition she brought a gorgeous new project called Owl Dolls with multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Leonie Evans. Probably the best thing we have ever had at Sunday Papers. The audience demanded on the spot that she return to headline the next event. We agreed, and so that is

what is going to happen. 

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RANDOLPH MATTHEWS

British jazz’s new hero will perform and converse on the transformational power of sound & music. Inspired by his belief that the power of voice can inspire lives. Randolph's performances span two decades. He has performed for the Queen and supported Herbie Hancock. 
 

TRAVEL

HOLLY BUDGE

Artist, activist, adventurer - in 2008 she became the first woman to skydive Mount Everest. The following year, she raced semi-­wild horses 1000 km across Mongolia in just 9 days. Her most recent adventures have taken her back to the Himalayas where she summited Everest and snowboarded from the summit of Mera Peak. Passionate about sustainability, design and conservation; last year Holly graduated with a Masters in Sustainable Design. Expect much food for thought amongst the jaw-dropping tales of adventure.

SPORT 

IRONGRAN

The oldest British woman to have completed an Ironman triathlon, and founder of the charity Silverfit. At the age of 50, Eddie Brocklesby decided to run her first half marathon. Now nearly 75, the past twenty years has seen her take part in marathons, triathlons and Ironman races across the globe and she has accrued many medals and awards. Eddie looks back on her life and explains just how she's managed to develop the energy to match the enthusiasm she's always had for an active lifestyle. 
 

BUSINESS 

DARREN COFFIELD & ROSS ASHCROFT

In the early nineties, Coffield worked with Joshua Compston on the formation of Factual Nonsense - the centre of the emerging Young British Artists scene. Renegade Inc. host Ross Ashcroft interviews him about the silent London exodus. With exorbitant housing prices pushing people and small businesses out of the capital, and cultural landmarks being shut down to make way for luxury property developments, they ask: does anyone interesting live in London anymore? 

 

 

FOOD & DRINK

ANDREW WONG & MUKTA DAS

The story of how ancient Chinese recipes discovered in the Forbidden City in Beijing ended up winning the first Michelin star for a Chinese restaurant in London. Former chemistry student-turned celebrity chef A. Wong joins food anthropologist Mukta Das to take us on a journey spanning thousands of years and thousands of miles.

 

GARDENING 

ISABELLA TREE

Forced to accept that intensive farming on their land was unsustainable, she made a spectacular leap of faith and decided to step back and let nature take over. Isabella tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’ and what it reveals of the ways in which we might regain that wilder, richer country. It shows how rewilding works; that it has multiple benefits for the land; that it can generate economic activity and employment; how it can benefit both nature and us –and that all of this can happen astonishingly quickly.
 

REVIEW

DAN SCHREIBER

QI elf and star of the hit show No Such Thing As a Fish. Dan's career got a huge boost as the very first host of Sunday Papers Live in 2013. Dan's job is to discover random interesting facts and communicate them in fun ways - so he is very much our kind of chap. Dan's show just sold out the Sydney Opera House. 

 

COLUMNIST

STEVE CROSS

Hosting, facilitating, and generally smoothing out proceedings is our #12 edition homemaker. Once upon a time he was a spectacularly poor lab scientist, then an OK science communicator and for a while a museum and art curator for Wellcome Collection. These days he’s a geek comedian, presenter and producer, travelling across the UK helping all sorts of intellectual types share their passions.

 

CROSSWORDS

SON & SONS

It wouldn’t be our 5th birthday without crosswords. Barely more coherent than toddlers themselves, our crossword gurus have been running the sillier side of Sunday for 5 years. Brush up on your charade skills for the live crossword challenges, but also pop down to their pub quiz and crafternoon crafts table full of crafty crafts. 

 

THE WALK

THE BULLSHIT TOUR

For those who have not already caught these popular walks, Reuben from Bullshit London will be providing a walking tour of the environs surrounding Cecil Sharp House. You'll be bombarded with a combination of puns, quips, nonsense and rambling musings with no educational value whatsoever. 
 

 

#11 EDITION

 

SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

 

WORLD NEWS

THE WAR ON TRUTH AND HOW TO FIGHT BACK

Two titans of UK journalism and one rising star explored the new war on truth - and how to fight back. Matthew d'Ancona writes a weekly column for the Guardian and is the author of Post Truth. David Aaranovitch is a regular columnist for The Times, and author of lots of books. Matilda Wnek is a playwrite, comedy performer and campaigner. 

  

UK NEWS

GEOFF NORCOTT & SHAPPI KHORSANDI

Two of our finest stand-up comedians – one veering left and the other right – took on the state of the nation. Aside from being one of the most in demand stand-up comedians in the UK, Shappi Khorsandi is President of the British Humanist Association, and is a sought after cultural commentator appearing on all the channels and in all the papers. Geoff is one of the most in demand live comics and TV writers around. 

 

BUSINESS

WHAT YOU'RE NOT BEING TOLD

ABOUT THE ECONOMY

Renegade Inc. host Ross Ashcroft talked with Prof Steve Keen - the economist who perfectly predicted the financial crisis. They discussed where next for the global economy and what the ‘dismal science’ now has to do to become relevant on the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis and the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Marx’s Das Capital.

 

 

CULTURE

OWL DOLLS

Ríoghnach Connolly & Leonie Evans

Our headliner Ríoghnach is best known as the voice of Honeyfeet & The Breath, and for her Manchester-based Black Lung, where she brings a medley of collaborators together for one-off shows. Of all her many collaborations, the most Sunday of all is probably a gorgeous new project called Owl Dolls with multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and occasional session vocalist Leonie Evans, who has been performing since the age of five and has never stopped - and of whom the high priestess of Sundays Cerys Matthews observed "Like nothing else I've ever heard in my life, I was just blown away with her". Probably the best thing we have ever had at Sunday Papers.

 

 

SAM LEE 

Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, song collector, award winning promoter, broadcaster, animateur and naturalist. Sam is the natural heir to Cecil Sharp’s legacy, and sang us a few of the songs that form the inspiration to his life’s work. Back in May 2013 at the very first Sunday Papers Live Sam, performed this to a spellbound house. You could have heard a pin drop. It was a total joy to have him back in the room.

 

TRAVEL

ANNA MCNUFF, LOIS PRYCE, PIP STEWART,

WITH TRISHA ANDRES

The Telegraph travel's commissioning editor Trisha Andres gathered a panel of remarkable female adventurers to discuss their extraordinary achievements, the do's & don'ts of travelling solo, and the state of adventurism now.

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 

ADAM RUTHERFORD

Geneticist, author, Hollywood science advisor, radio star, TV presenter, former Editor of Nature. Adam is someone we have been trying to nail down since we began, so it was a great pleasure to finally bring his brain to the stage for your pleasure.  

 

STYLE 

APPLES & SNAKES

Celebrating 35 years, the leading organisation for performance poetry brought three of the UKs finest  - Travis Alabanza, Tommy Sissons, and Anita Barton-Williams - to explore all things image, fashion and fitting-in. 

 

FOOD & DRINK

LOUISE GRAY

The Ethical Carnivore

Inspired by middle class dinner parties where everyone claims to eat ethically, Louise set out to find exactly where our meat comes from, spending a year eating only animals that she had killed herself. A fascinating journey, and apt for a room packed with more than its fair share of middle-class dinner party-goers.

 

PEOPLE 

Madam Galina - My Tutu Went AWOL!

When you audition by accident and take your cross-dressing ballerina act to entertain the troops in Iraq & Afghanistan. As Madame Galina, Iestyn Edwards headlines at the Barbican, Royal Opera House Clore Studio, Cafe de Paris, the Hippodrome Leicester Square, et al. He tours internationally in My Tutu's Gone AWOL! and in his prize-winning autobiographical play The Ballad of the Pant Shaking Belter. He has been published in The Times and the Mail on Sunday. Joanna Lumley chose his recording of “Tom Bowling” for her second Desert Island Discs programme.

 

JOBS 

NIMROD KAMER

The Art Of Getting In

In an economy is stacked against us you will not land a job unless you become completely shameless. The GQ & VICE writer and impressively named Nimrod Kamer led us on a guide to the art of getting a foot in that door. For instance, pretend to owe money to posh members clubs in order to get in. Walk in backwards to penetrate parties. Eat only PR gift bags. Fake a TED talk. Move in new-builds sample flats. Better ask for forgiveness than permission. God is debt. This and plenty more crucial social climbing tips. 

 

GARDENING

MARTHA ORBACH GARDENS FOR CITIES

What sort of gardens do our cities need? Artist and community gardener Martha Orbach discussed how we can best make places that work for plants, communities, wildlife, and people in our increasingly urban environment. 

THE WALK

SPACE WALK WITH MARCUS CHOWN

Science writer, journalist & broadcaster Marcus Chown will boggle your mind with a scaled walk across the solar system to the summit of Primrose Hill - stopping to learn about our cosmic neighbours along the way. Imagine Earth shrunk to the size of a pinhead, and Jupiter to the size of a chickpea. Now place them at their relative distances and take a walk. This is the only experience we can name where the true vastness of the cosmos has been revealed to us. And it turns out that space is aptly named.

 

SPECIAL EDITION - WILDERNESS FESTIVAL

SUNDAY - AUGUST 6, 2017

 

WORLD NEWS

FRONTLINE CLUB PRESENT

GENERATION M

What does it mean to be young and Muslim today? There is a segment of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims that is more influential than any other, and will inform not just the future for Muslims, but also shape the world around them: meet ‘Generation M’.

UK NEWS

VICE UK PRESENT

THE GENDER DRUG DIVIDE

Last year, The Global Drug Survey revealed there had been a fourfold increase in British female clubbers seeking emergency medical treatment after taking MDMA. So what’s behind this divide, and what more needs to be done to address the problems at hand? VICE brings together an all-female panel of harm reduction experts to discuss the issues facing female drug users, and what can be done to improve the situation.

STYLE

WHAT MAKES A REAL WOMAN?

It’s one of the most vicious debates of our time, which has ripped the feminist community apart and deeply divided society—what is it that makes a woman, a woman? With Sarah Ditum - New Statesman columnist, writer and self-proclaimed “anti-fun feminist”. Katie Glass - Sunday Times columnist and writer. Jess Bradley - The NUS’s Trans Officer. Hosted by Serena Kutchinsky.

FOOD & DRINK

OTTOLENGHI IN CONVERSATION

WITH ZOE WILLIAMS

Hot & fresh out the kitchen, a conversation with one of Wilderness' star chefs, by one of our star interviewers.

CULTURE

TATE BRITAIN PRESENTS

QUEER BRITISH ART & IDENTITY

Clare Barlow, curator at Tate Britain will be joined by performer Tim Redfern, artist Nick Hornby and activist Paris Lees to discuss the diverse connections between sexuality, gender identity and art to uncover a past which is richer and stranger than you might think.

TRAVEL

JOHN HUDSON

John Hudson is the UK military’s chief survival instructor - designing and implementing the training of instructors in Land, Sea and Extreme Environment Survival. A co-founder of Survival Wisdom, offering specialist survival courses to civilians, he has trained a wide range of people in how to handle life-threatening situations, from fighter pilots and paratroopers, to investment bankers and A-listers.

REVIEW

THE IDLER ACADEMY'S

PHILOSOPHER'S NEWS REVIEW

Come and meet the Idler's philosophers in togas. You’ll find Socrates, Plato, Epicurus, and Zeno the Stoic commenting on the Sunday papers. Wearing the weeds will be authors Mark Vernon, Jules Evans and Peter Worley, and Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson. 

 

SPECIAL EDITION - CITADEL FESTIVAL

SUNDAY - JULY 16, 2017

 

WORLD NEWS

FRONTLINE CLUB

LINDSEY HILSUM

Jamie Bartlett is Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos, an author specialising in radical and extremist political movements and technology, and was in conversation with Salon London's Helen Bagnall about his research in to his latest book 'Radicals'.

An extended Q&A with one of our finest journalists. Lindsey spoke about her extensive experience of covering foreign news and what is different when reporting from home. Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News' International Editor and the author of Sandstorm - Libya in the Time of Revolution. She recently reported from the US on the election of Donald Trump and from Europe on the refugee/migrant crisis and terror attacks, as well as conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Mali.

UK NEWS

STAND-UP SPECIAL

 

SHAPPI KHORSANDI

Aside from being one of the most in demand stand-up comedians in the UK, Shappi is a sought after cultural commentator. Shappi is also the best selling author of A Beginners Guide to Acting English and her debut novel Nina is not OK is published by Ebury in July 2016. Shappi was also recently elected president of the British Humanist society. 

 

MATT FORDE

Matt Forde is the UK’s leading political comedian and star of Dave’s Unspun which has been nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the 2017 Broadcast Awards. A former advisor to the Labour Party, Matt Forde has hosted three series of Unspun on Dave, with a fourth commissioned for later this year.

 

GEOFF NORCOTT

Geoff Norcott is quite simply one of the most in demand live comics and TV writers around. You may have seen Geoff live, headlining shows at The Comedy Store, supporting the likes of Katherine Ryan and Kevin Bridges – or even earning an operational services medal for his work gigging on the frontline in Afghanistan.

 

DANE BAPTISTE

Original, provocative and exceptionally prolific – Baptiste is already being hailed as one of the most exciting acts to break in years. The London born stand up made comedy history in 2014 as the first black British act to be nominated for a Fosters Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

ANDY ZALTZMAN

Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, broadcaster and author, who has firmly established himself in the vanguard of British comedy with his unique brand of political satire. He is the writer and presenter of the satirical podcast The Bugle, the huge global phenonemon. Since The Bugle’s inception in 2007 it has gained a worldwide fan-base – including a prominent US audience. It has aired almost 200 episodes and averages 2 million downloads a month. 

BUSINESS

APPLES & SNAKES

Apples and Snakes is the leading organisation for performance poetry in England, with a national reputation for producing exciting and innovative participation and performance work in spoken word. Tackling money, power, inequality and the hustle, were Deanna Rodger, Mr Gee & SugarJ.

SPORT

AMY HUGHES

Just eight years ago, she’d never run a marathon before. After successfully completing her 53 challenge, Amy ran 250 miles in one week from her home town of Oswestry to London, so she could help Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell to run her own first London Marathon. Then in August 2015, Amy ran an incredible 53 miles in 10 hours 18 minutes to mark the first anniversary of her 53 challenge.

CULTURE

SOFAR SOUNDS PRESENT

HOOHAs

For the first time ever we invited a band straight back again, because they were that awesome.... Residing in the lesser-trodden crannies of north-east London, freak-rock four-piece HOO HAs draw as much inspiration from Dr Feelgood and JJ Cale as they do Blur, Violent Femmes and JaJa OK. HOO HAs formed when Kent friends Mark (guitar) and Jack (bass) relocated to the capital after stints performing with Liz Neumayr and John Newman respectively. Mark then met Adam (drums) when they both played in Hares, a band formed by ex-Holloways man Rob Skipper, through whom they then discovered singer Jamie at a party (where else?).

 

ENVIRONMENT

JO RUXTON

PLASTIC OCEAN

Ruxton is both a film producer and a co-founder of the environmental organization based in the UK known as the Plastic Ocean Foundation. She joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1997 after working for the World Wildlife Fund in Asia for seven years, and was part of the celebrated “The Blue Planet” team. After leaving the BBC, Ruxton joined an expedition to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre 1,500 miles off the coast of San Francisco, which discovered free-floating microplastics instead of an anticipated solid mass that could be contained. She then began fundraising to film a documentary focused on the problem of plastic.

 

TRAVEL

DAVE CORNTHWAITE

Record-breaking adventurer, author, social projecteer (it is a word) and maker of little films. Since quitting his last job as a terrible graphic designer in 2005, Dave has written three books, created hundreds of short films, delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide, travelled over 20,000 non-motorised miles as part of his Expedition1000 project, founded life-fulfilling brand SayYesMore and, finally, has made up for being a total loser in his early twenties.

 

#10 EDITION

EASTER SUNDAY - APRIL  16, 2017

WORLD NEWS

RADICALS – JAMIE BARTLETT

IN CONVERSATION WITH SALON LONDON

Jamie Bartlett is Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos, an author specialising in radical and extremist political movements and technology, and was in conversation with Salon London's Helen Bagnall about his research in to his latest book 'Radicals'.

UK NEWS

STATE OF THE NATION

BAFTA-winning satirists Jolyon Rubinstein & Heydon Prowse were joined by legendary journo John Sweeney, Buzzfeed editor James Ball, Somali social activist Nimco Ali, writer and filmmaker Oz Katerji, and a selection of the days’ best speakers. Question Time meets Cage-fighting as our eclectic panel of comedians, radicals and writers ring the stage and square-off against topics tossed into the ring by the audience.

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LOCAL NEWS

ROBERT ROWLAND SMITH

THE MEANING OF TRUMP

Taking on the Donald followed by a one hour Philosophy Walk to the top of Primrose Hill was the wonderful RR Smith. Robert was for seven years a Prize Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford and is a consultant, lecturer and writer on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis

 

BUSINESS

GIG : FREEDOM OR FALSE HOPE

Has the revolution in work made fools of us all? With former Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Economic Policy Pippa Malmgren; economist, blogger and activist Dr Faiza Shaheen; and writer, strategist and former digital editor for Newsweek and the New Statesman Serena Kutchinsky.​

 TRAVEL

BRUCE PARRY

Award-winning documentarian, author, indigenous rights advocate, explorer, trek leader and former Royal Marines commando officer. Bruce is best known for his BBC series Tribe. Bruce has been busy. For the past four years he has been on an exploration to find a deeper understanding of indigenous peoples and how their way of life can benefit those in the industrialised world - providing a powerful voice that must be heard before it is completely lost. Now he has come back to us, we were extremely lucky to be the first live audience with an opportunity to hear about it.

DAVE CORNTHWAITE

Record-breaking adventurer, author, social projecteer (it is a word) and maker of little films. Since quitting his last job as a terrible graphic designer in 2005, Dave has written three books, created hundreds of short films, delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide, travelled over 20,000 non-motorised miles as part of his Expedition1000 project, founded life-fulfilling brand SayYesMore and, finally, has made up for being a total loser in his early twenties.

 

CULTURE

SOFAR SOUNDS PRESENTS HOOHAs

HOO HAs swiftly evolved from their early incarnation as purveyors of comical blues jams, developing a distinct, and earthy style. Jamie’s deadpan vocal belies his clever off-kilter narratives about the 21st-century experience, which are always brutally honest and entertaining. The perfect end to a perfect Easter.

SPORT

SARAH SHEPHARD

At a time when women in sport are fighting for equality with more vigour than ever, Sport magazine’s Sarah Shephard asked the questions that can no longer be ignored: Why do the most successful female athletes earn less than their male counterparts? Why do so few elite sportswomen have the profile their talent deserves? Why are girls still growing up believing that sport is ‘for boys’?

GARDENING

FUTURE FARM LAB

Twentysomething scientist Abi felt she was creating something necessary for a sustainable food future. But as she began to get their hands dirty, slowly she has been exposed to a world that is turning hers upside down. Maybe we don’t need to produce more food to feed our growing population. Maybe we can feed the world chemical free. And maybe some of our technology is doing more harm than good. A fantastic and hopeful talk from a fantastic young doer.

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

MARCUS CHOWN

Award-winning writer Marcus Chown took us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the ‘force’ of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brought us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

DATING

DR SEEMA ANAND

From epic legends to folklore, Asian stories are subtly soaked in lust and desire. Professional Indian storyteller Seema Anand drew back the curtains of this hidden world in a lyrical tale of love, entanglements and magic. Seema is a London based mythologist, storyteller, and doctor of Narrative Practices specialising in women's narratives. Her work on the revival and reproduction of oral literature from India is associated to the UNESCO project for Endangered Oral Traditions.​

 

COLUMNIST

STEVE CROSS

Hosting, facilitating, and generally smoothing out proceedings is our #10 edition homemaker. A veteran of our festival special editions, by some strange accident Steve has never had the pleasure of taking the reigns of the main event. Once upon a time he was a spectacularly poor lab scientist, then an OK science communicator and for a while a museum and art curator for Wellcome Collection. These days he’s a geek comedian, presenter and producer, travelling across the UK helping all sorts of intellectual types share their passions.

#9 EDITION

SUNDAY - OCTOBER  30, 2016

WORLD NEWS

Presented by THE NEW STATESMAN

Trump vs Clinton: The Race for the White House

With just ​one week to go in one of the most contentious US presidential races in recent history, ​Britain's foremost political magazine discuss all things Trump, Clinton and the campaign trail​. Joining Digital Editor Serena Kutchinsky are presidential advisor Pippa Malmgren and chair of Republicans Overseas Jan Halper-Hayes. 

UK NEWS

Nothing is impossible : 

Winning from the left in 2020

A crack team of attempt discover a third way of doing progressive politics that can actually win a general election in a mass interactive workshop hosted by the RSA’s Matthew Taylor. The team include:

  • John Harris (Anywhere But Westminster),

  • John Lloyd (QI, Blackadder),

  • Zoe Williams (The Guardian) 

  • Matilda Wnek (activist & comedian)

BUSINESS

THE ECONOMIST FILMS PRESENTS

“THE WORLD IF…” 

World-renowned publication The Economist brings its global expertise to SPL for the first time to explore mind-stretching scenarios that will change the world – if they actually happen. Led by the paper's Deputy Editor Tom Standage, a panel of experts debate and discuss how we're all likely to fare 'if all jobs become automated', and 'the world if the banks collapse, again! Featuring: 

  • Kevin Rodgers - Merrill Lynch trader turned managing director of Deutsche Bank (for 15 years)

  • Professor Luciano Floridi - Director of Research and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at Oxford’s Internet Institute

  • Professor Carol Alexander - professor of finance at Sussex and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Banking and Finance

STYLE

SCOTTTEE

Scottee is one of the most controversial entertainers on the circuit, known for provoking visceral responses in his audiences and polarising critics – whether hurling cake at Rihanna on live TV, or facing investigation for indecency during his show ‘Mess’, it’s clear that Scottee has a style anchored in the more experimental end of performance art. It is rare for Scottee to do this sort of thing. Except for a month or so ago where we asked him to do an event that was actually very similar. What started as a lighthearted story, escalated into one of the most powerful, heartfelt and compelling pieces of prose we have seen.

 

CULTURE

SOFAR SOUNDS PRESENTS WOWH

Awesome poppy R&B-inflected good-times from Toby & Nick, who wanted to create something which reflected their passion for songwriting, production and performance - that really comes through in their live performances, in which they’ve enlisted the help of six other musicians to keep the sound live! With an aim to bring the magic back to live music, Sofar have a reputation for invite-only secret shows in living rooms across London. This makes them ideal Culture Section partners for the giant living room that is Sunday Papers Live.

 

DIANA YUKAWA

The infamous Saturday night spectacle at Wilderness Festival was led to the tones of Diana’s playing, illuminated in a neon ballgown, underneath a high-rope walker, who was on fire. Quite a memorable performance. She was also a guest performer at Letters Live last month, where we hatched plans to bring her here today. And you will be glad that we did. 

GARDENING

MAC MACARTNEY

What does it mean to really belong to an ecosystem? Mac braids beauty, wildness, activism and the yearning pulse all humans have for a meaningful life, into a compelling narrative. It is a call, a paean, a heart-song, to the many millions of us who still stand on the sidelines and passively watch as our blue planet is slowly, systematically, and meticulously tamed, caged, and broken. Clever, we undoubtedly are, but wise we are not. Not yet.

 

Mac is an entrepreneur, speaker and the founder of Embercombe, a social enterprise on a Devon smallholding that seeks to inspire committed action for a truly sustainable world. Over a period of twenty years Mac has been mentored and coached by Native American 'Medicine' people on the cultural and spiritual teachings that once informed the practice of our own British indigenous culture. The values, principles, and wisdom of this tradition inform and guide all aspects of his life and work.

 

TRAVEL

SARAH OUTEN

Adventurer Sarah Outen finished her latest journey 'London2London: Via the World' when she paddled under Tower Bridge in her kayak. She had set out from the same spot on April 1st 2011 with the aim of looping the planet using human power - kayak, cycle and row 25,000 miles around the Northern Hemisphere. The journey took 4.5 years and was all the richer for not turning out exactly as had been planned. Sarah’s latest book 'Dare to Do' about her London2London expedition will be out this month. 

 

FOOD & DRINK

JON LEWIN

We heard about and then met Jon on Wednesday, and very much like what he’s up to. For most people, the Boxing Day Tsunami has become so interwoven with other distant global events that it has become just another disaster. For Jon it was the most memorable event of his life. “How the waves struck. The kindness and warmth of the locals in the aftermath. These will always remain vividly engraved on my mind.”

 

COLUMNIST

STEVE CROSS

Hosting, facilitating, and generally smoothing out proceedings is our #9 edition homemakers. A veteran of our festival special editions, by some strange accident Steve has never had the pleasure of taking the reigns of the main event. Once upon a time he was a spectacularly poor lab scientist, then an OK science communicator and for a while a museum and art curator for Wellcome Collection. These days he’s a geek comedian, presenter and producer, travelling across the UK helping all sorts of intellectual types share their passions.

 

SPECIAL EDITION - WILDERNESS FESTIVAL

SUNDAY - AUGUST 7, 2016

 

WORLD NEWS

Presented by FRONTLINE CLUB

Trump vs Clinton: The Race for the White House

With just three months to go in one of the most contentious US presidential races in recent history, the Frontline Club will be discussing all things Trump, Clinton and the campaign trail. The New York Times’ Steven Erlanger, journalist Michael Goldfarb, and Chatham House’s Xenia Wickett, will ask who will be the future president of America.

UK NEWS

VICE UK

As the dust settled on the referendum result much finger pointing ensued at the entitlement of millennials, but new research suggests that turnout amongst the 18-24 year old demographic was 64%. And yet, the myth that young people are not bothered by politics has slowly seeped into popular thought. VICE UK Editor in Chief Rebecca Nicholson is joined by Jamie MacColl, guitarist in Bombay Bicycle Club and a prolific voice in the "Wake Up and Vote" campaign, and comedian and performer Matilda Wnek, to explore how this myth has been allowed to perpetuate in the media and the problems it can present.

TRAVEL

SIMON REEVE

Simon Reeve is an adventurer, New York Times bestselling author and TV presenter who has travelled to more than 110 countries making multiple award-winning TV series. The BBC describes Simon as “British television’s most adventurous traveller”, and after a decade spent making more than 70 programmes Simon has become a familiar face on British TV, well known for his extraordinary foreign journeys. Most of Simon’s documentaries combine travel and adventure with global environmental, wildlife, and conservation issues, and have taken him across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of the most beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world.

GARDENING

ALYS FOWLER

Bestselling author, Guardian columnist and former presenter on BBC’s Gardener’s World, Alys’ first book, The Thrifty Gardener, has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into 5 languages. Alys always takes a fresh perspective of foraging, encouraging gardeners to look closer to home, from the weeds in their garden to the trees in their streets, rather than the fields and hedgerows of the countryside. 

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

SIR MARTIN REES, ASTRONOMER ROYAL

Surviving The Century — and the Post-human Future Beyond… A growing and more demanding population imposes an ever heavier footprint on the planet. Bio and cyber technologies offer huge benefit — but may run away faster than we can cope with them. So we’ll have a bumpy ride through this century. “Space-ship Earth” is hurtling through the void. Its passengers are anxious and fractious. Their life-support system is vulnerable to disruption and break-downs.

 

CULTURE

THE V&A : REVOLUTIONS, RECORDS & REBELS

The Victoria and Albert Museum bring discussions of this major exhibition examining the late 1960s as a moment when youth culture drove an optimistic idealism, and motivated people to come together to question the established power structures across every area of society. Discussions will investigate the cultural upheavals and the changes within the law that took place during those five revolutionary years.

BEATING HEART : A STORY OF AFRICAN MUSIC

65 Years in the making, 21 internationals artists including…. Rudimental, Machinedrum, Clap Clap, Luke Vibert, Throwing Shade, Ibibio Sound Mchine and many more give time for free to remix never heard before African music.

 

STYLE

NADFAS PRESENT Dr Kate Strasdin:

Tales From the Dress Museum

Clothes matter and from a single silk frock we might learn about manufacturing processes, methods of construction, working conditions, lifestyles and social customs if we can but learn to read all that clothes might say. Tales From the Dress Museum tells the stories of people’s lives through dress – looking at past garments and how they can give up their secrets. 

 

COLUMNIST

STEVE CROSS

Picking up the mantle of Sunday Papers Live host for his second Wilderness, the stand-up and Bright Club host ties the day together like a pro. 

 

SPECIAL EDITION - CITADEL FESTIVAL

SUNDAY - JULY 17, 2016

 

WORLD NEWS

Presented by PEN INTERNATIONAL​

We were honoured to bring some of the most courageous voices from the Syrian struggle to Citadel. We were joined by Mazen Darwish, director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Free Expression and winner of the PEN Pinter Prize 2014, the activist and journalist Yara Bader, and writer and artist Zaher Omareen for a discussion on free speech, culture and resistance with the BBC’s Razia Iqbal.

HELP REFUGEES

Help Refugees has grown out of #helpcalais, a social media campaign started by Heydon Prowse (The Revolution will be Televised) to raise a few funds and collect goods to take to Calais to help in some small way. The public response to the campaign was huge, and they were quickly able to provide aid in Calais and far beyond.  Heydon was joined by Hassan Akkad. 

 

UK NEWS

FRONTLINE CLUB

What are the short and long term outlooks for the UK under new leadership, and how will its national identity and place in the global economy be reimagined moving forward? Will Brexit trigger a domino effect throughout the bloc, encouraging other nations to re- examine their membership of the EU? To what extent has the British media influenced or merely reflected national sentiment? Join us to discuss these questions and more. On the panel we had Joris Luyendijk, Nina Schick, Sam Coates, deputy political editor of The Times, and others.

 

BUSINESS

AKALA

MC, scriptwriter, actor and all round brilliant human Akala has been talking and walking the line for some time now, and this was his second appearance for Sunday Papers Live - at our #6 edition back in 2014 he touched on poverty, creativity, London gentri cation, tax, and spoke wisely and passionately about immigration, free market economics and the IMF, hence his appearance here for the business section.

SPORT

EDDIE THE EAGLE

As true a living legend as they come. Sunday Papers Live is blushed with pride to welcome Eddie The Eagle to Citadel. Odds at the 1988 Winter Olympics were stacked against him. He weighed 9kg more than the next heaviest competitor; he lacked nancial upport for training and was totally self-funded; he was scared of heights; and he needed to wear his glasses. Despite little skill for his sport, Eddie’s heroic failures won the hearts and minds of the public, and he remains one of the best loved athletes today.

EDDIE WAS JOINED BY COMEDIAN AND HOST CHARLIE PARTRIDGE.

STYLE 

i-D PANEL : DO SUBCULTURES STILL EXIST?​

i-D’s Deputy Editor Lynette Nylander hosted a panel that included cultural photographer Derek Ridgers, DJ, journalist and grime activist Sian Anderson, fashion designer Charles Jeffrey and photographer and director Dexter Navy to explore whether true subcultures still exist and what signi cance these movements, if any, hold in popular culture today.

CULTURE

SOFAR SOUNDS PRESENT WOWH

For Citadel, Sofar brought one of their most trusted acts – the alternative pop project WOWH. Started by two friends in 2012 based on collaboration and creativity, Toby & Nick wanted to create something which re ected and included their favourite aspects of music. Their passion for songwriting, production and performance really comes through on the E.P and carries through into their live performance in which they’ve enlisted the help of six other musicians to keep the sound live.  

TRAVEL

JOHN HUDSON

John is the UK military’s chief survival instructor – designing and implementing the training of instructors in Land, Sea and Extreme Environment Survival. A co-founder of Survival Wisdom, offering specialist survival courses to civilians, he has trained a wide range of people in how to handle life-threatening situations, from ghter pilots and paratroopers, to investment bankers and A-listers.

 

#7 EDITION

 

BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY - MAY 29, 2016

 

WORLD NEWS

Presented by FRONTLINE CLUB​

LINDSEY HILSUM

(Channel 4 News International Editor)

PATRICK KINGSLEY

(Guardian migration correspondent)

GILES DULEY (Photojournalist)

Europe is experiencing a wave of migration not seen since the end of World War II. Forced out of their homes by terror and war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, pulled to Europe by the prospect of a better life, huge numbers are risking everything in perilous journeys across land and sea. The Guardian's migration correspondent Patrick Kingsley and photographer Giles Duley, have been documenting these journeys and speaking to the people that undertake them. For the Frontline Club’s World News section they will be sharing the human stories behind Europe’s refugee crisis, in a discussion chaired by Channel 4 News’ international editor, Lindsey Hilsum.

 

HELP REFUGEES

Help Refugees has grown out of #helpcalais, a social media campaign started by Lliana Bird (Radio X DJ), Dawn O'Porter (Writer and Presenter), Josie Naughton and Heydon Prowse (The Revolution will be Televised) to raise a few funds and collect goods to take to Calais to help in some small way. The public response to the campaign was huge, and they were quickly able to provide aid in Calais and far beyond.  Lliana is joined by Hassan Akkad. 

 

UK NEWS

SERENA KUTCHINSKY - NEWSWEEK

REBECCA NICHOLSON - VICE UK

ANDY ZALTZMAN - THE BUGLE 

Three expert voices from the new, the established, and the satirical news worlds, shine a light on the tangled way in which the referendum has been covered, and try to give us something to work with. It is the intention of this newspaper that by the end of today you will have made up your mind. Newsweek’s digital editor Serena Kutchinsky chairs a discussion with editor-in-chief of VICE UK Rebecca Nicholson, and John Oliver’s writing partner, the comedian Andy Zaltzman from The Bugle.

 

BUSINESS

ROSS ASHCROFT & VICKY PRYCE 

If we leave Europe the UK will face a downturn hitherto unseen... If we remain we’ll be dragged down with a sinking ship. The uncertainty is matched only by the hyperbole in a debate that gets more contradictory by the day. The business section brings together two former bigwigs in an extended Q&A to see whether between us we can iron out a legible argument. 

Stepping in for Vince Cable was Ross Ashcroft - Renegade Economistm, filmmaker and journalist. He was joined by Serena Kutchinsky, and Vicky Pryce - the former Joint Head of the Government Economic Service, and author of Prisonomics.

SPORT

DAVID GOLDBLATT

Sports writer, broadcaster, sociologist, journalist, author. David is best known for his books The Ball is Round, and The Game Of Our Lives, and has a canny way of making even the most dubious of us grasp the power and the ecstasy of a truly global phenomenon. He has written for newspapers including the Guardian, the Observer, the Financial Times, and The Independent on Sunday, as well as for magazines such as the New Statesman and the New Left Review. He has also taught the sociology of sport at the University of Bristol and has run literacy programmes at both Bristol City and Bristol Rovers football clubs, as well as teaching sport, film, and media at the Watershed arts cinema, also in Bristol.

GARDENING 

JAMES RANDERSON

James Randerson is assistant national news editor. He has particular responsibility for environment, science and technology news. He was previously the paper's science correspondent. James was stepping in for Satish Kumar, who was in ill health. James was at the forefront of the Guardian's Keep It In The Ground campaign, and at Sunday Papers Live spoke about the good news coming from an often depressing story - the climate crisis and our efforts to stop from completely buggering the world forever. We are on track to be in with a chance. The situation is not hopeless. 

TRAVEL

TIM FITZHIGHAM

In addition to being a writer, comedian and artist, Tim also holds several world records for unusual feats including paddling a paper boat down 160 miles of the River Thames and personally inflating the world’s largest balloon to raise awareness for environmental issues. Tim’s second attempt to cross the English channel in his bath raised over 20,000 pounds for Comic Relief and the Make Poverty History Campaign. The Bath now resides in the Maritime Museum of Great Britain. 

 

CULTURE

THE BUFFALO SKINNERS

Bringing the noise are a songwriting collective based in Sheffield whose music stems from a shared passion for writing, singing, and serving the song. The band draw influence from 60’s Rock n Roll, Folk, Blues and whatever else they’ve been listening to recently. Foot-stomping, jubilant, rootsy and gorgeous. A massive highlight of the #7 Edition, the band started a pillow fight, and were press ganged into returning for three encores. If you missed them at Sunday Papers Live be sure to catch them at Wilderness this summer.

LETTERS

CHILL PILL

Fast becoming Sunday Papers Live’s house poets, Mr Gee, Adam Kammerling, Deanna Rodger, Raymond Antrobus and Simon Mole provided a bespoke personalised letter-writing service - as well as taking to the stage to present brand new spoken word creations based on this week’s news stories. 

SPECIAL EDITION - WILDERNESS - AUGUST 9, 2015

WORLD NEWS

FRONTLINE CLUB

The Frontline returns with a selection of journalists hot from the coal-face of current affairs, including senior foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times, Anthony Loyd.  Last year the panel had all flown in fresh from covering the war in Gaza. This year, representing the World News section of Sunday Papers Live, the story they will be discussing hasn’t happened yet.

 

 

 

UK NEWS

ZOE WILLIAMS &

DAVID BABBS

Author & Guardian columnist discusses the future of people power in the UK with 38 Degrees’ chief executive. Zoe will address key questions including: has the NHS had its day; has an immigrant stolen your job; have you ever wondered why you can’t afford a house; and who got us into this mess anyway? With luck, and a little help from the audience, will offer up a combination of fact, opinion and debate that will be as inspiring as it is important.

 

 

BUSINESS

THE PATH PAST GROWTH 

Is everything we think we know about economics wrong? An all star panel discusses possible paths to a fairer world.

 

  • John Lanchester (Capital, Whoops!, How to Speak Money),

  • Katrine Marcel (journalist & author),

  • Fran Baoit (Positive Money),

  • Tony Greenham (New Economics Foundation),

  • Megan Ashcroft (Renegade Economist), hosted by Zoe Williams.

 

 

 

CULTURE

PATCH & THE GIANT

DIY alt-folk jubilance bringing us to our feet with a celebratory antidote to an afternoon of chin-wagging. ‘Tucked somewhere between the music of Balkan enthusiasts Beirut and the rustic elegance of modern DIY folk' (Folk Radio UK)...Patch & The Giant are a dynamic troupe of musicians and an ever growing force within the UK alt-folk scene.

 

 

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

SEX, DRUGS & ROCK N' ROLL

Zoe Cormier examines the science behind of the unholy trinity. As a journalist her written work has featured in The Times, Vice, Wired, Nature, New Scientist, The Guardian, BBC Focus and many other publications. As a broadcaster and public speaker she has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Start The Week, national television in Canada, and spoken live at music festivals, arts events and a wide variety of theatrical performances for a decade.

 

 

 

CARTOONISTS

DRAWING FIRE

Cartoonists Tayo (Nigeria) and Dave Brown (the Independent) step into the ring to face heavyweights including David Aaronovitch for a free speech fight club courtesy of Index on Censorship: should anything should be off limits for cartoonists?

 

 

TRAVEL

WHATEVER YOU DO DON'T RUN!

For two years Richard Madden and his wife, Sarah, filed a multi-media column for the Daily Telegraph - The Bush Telegraph - from safari camps all over Southern and Eastern Africa taking in South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Madagascar. Focussing on the lighter side of their experiences (and some unseen footage not deemed suitable for the Telegraph audience), Richard will also tackle conservation issues and the role tourists can play in combating poaching.

 

GARDENING

MICHAEL PAWLYN

Pioneering bio-mimicry architect considers a range of projects that go beyond conventional sustainable design - schemes and ideas that are regenerative to cities, landscapes and people. The notion of sustainable development has all too often involved simply mitigating negatives and this talk will argue the case for a new approach that optimises positives. Inspired by adaptations and solutions that exist in biology, architect and TED speaker Michael Pawlyn will describe how this knowledge can be used to address some of the key challenges of our age. 

 

 

CROSSWORDS

SON & SONS

Big kids need a big den, and for the past 2 years Son and Sons have been providing Sunday Papers Live with more Sunday Fun than a Mormon would approve of.

 

 

 

 

COLUMNIST

DAN SCHREIBER 

Hong Kong-born Dan Schreiber is a stand-up, radio producer and writer. He moved to Australia aged 12, and the UK at 19. He is one of the infamous Elves (researchers) for QI. Along with creator John Lloyd and producer Richard Turner, he co-created the Radio 4 panel show The Museum of Curiosity. Dan has the wherewithal to talk about everything from his love for Brian Blessed, to ancient Chinese wheelbarrows. 

 

SPECIAL EDITION, CITADEL - JULY 19, 2015

LOCAL NEWS

TESSA JOWELL MP
in partnership with Speakers Corner
BEN JUDAH (Author, foreign correspondent)
in partnership with Frontline Club

 

Hotly tipped for the race to become London Mayor, Dame Tessa came armed with politics, business, sport & media expertise to discuss challenges young Londoners face, and what we can do about it. Former Women’s Minster, and minister in charge of the London 2012 Olympics, she was cross examined by take-no-prisoners journalist Ben Judah, and the audience.

 

UK NEWS

ZOE WILLIAMS &

JOLYON RUBINSTEIN 

 

Jolyon Rubinstein is a BAFTA-winning satirist and star of BBC3’s The Revolution Will Be Televised and An Idiot’s Guide To Politics discussed Zoe Williams’ rousing call to arms for us all to play our part in creating a more equal society. Zoe and Jolyon addressed key questions including: has the NHS had its day; has an immigrant stolen your job; have you ever wondered why you can’t afford a house; and who got us into this mess anyway? 

 

 

WORLD NEWS

MAAJID NAWAZ

Former radical extremist, Essex boy & hip hop fanatic Maajid Nawaz was was sentenced to four years in an Egyptian prison for his beliefs. He left prison feeling that his party Hizb ut-Tahrir was hijacking Islam and that its aims were dangerously similar to the aims of fascism. 

 

 

BUSINESS

ANN PETTIFOR &

ROSS ASHCROFT

Two renegade economists working to upend a broken system came together in conversation for the very first time. Ann Pettifor was one of the only people who saw the financial crisis of 2008 coming. Ross Ashcroft is an award winning independent filmmaker, essayist, comedian and strategist – known by Renegade Economist and Four Horsemen audiences as someone who disseminates economic and business language and makes it accessible.

 

 

 

 

CULTURE

GHOST LIGHTS

Ghost Lights is a brand new project that sees Dizraeli, Bellatrix & Repps One combine forces on stage to move through deeper, quieter spaces than you know them for, before rearing up for that hype to have you swinging your trousers round your head like a wild lassoo. This gig was a solid festival highlight for those who were there.

 

 

 

SPORT

CHARLIE DARK

Using exercise to inspire social change, and empowering some of the London’s most vulnerable residents, Charlie is the poet and DJ behind the nocturnal running club Run Dem Crew. Run Dem Crew is committed to change and the upliftment of the next generation, working closely with young people across London to provide mentoring and advice along with the opportunity to explore London in a safe, unique, positive and supportive environment.

 

 

STYLE

MR GEE &

ADAM KAMMERLING

Is this the most narcissistic generation London’s ever seen? Two of the UK’s finest spoken word performers took on our nation’s obsession with with image, bling, fashion, make-up, selfies, style & shoes.

 

 

 

TRAVEL

DANIEL RAVEN-ELLISON

Dan invited us on a journey through the world’s largest urban forest, a city that is a staggering 47% green space. He believes passionately that the eight million people inside this city – and everyone outside it – should change the way they see it; as part of an unlikely but rapidly growing new campaign that is as simple as it is ambitious. He is trying to turn London into Britain’s newest National Park.

 

 

 

GARDENING

KATHY SLACK

With a wheelbarrow full of practical advice, Kath – food blogger, chef, kitchen gardener and founder of Gluts & Gluttony – explored how growing your own food brings mental & physical health benefits far beyond those you may first presume.

 

 

 

CROSSWORDS

SON & SONS

Big kids need a big den, and for the past 2 years Son and Sons have been providing Sunday Papers Live with more Sunday Fun than a Mormon would approve of.

 

 

 

COLUMNIST

STEVE CROSS

Picking up the mantle of Sunday Papers Live host for the first time, the stand-up and Bright Club host tied the day together like a pro, and will definitely be back. 

#6 EDITION CONTENTS - NOVEMBER 30, 2014

                    WORLD NEWS

Presented by the Frontline Club
LINDSEY HILSUM (Channel 4 News International Editor)
JAMES LONGMAN (BBC foreign news producer)

A panel of journalists who have covered the Syrian conflict talk about how the conflict is now framed within the battle against ISIS and as such the people of Syria are often forgotten - what is life like for Syrians who have remained and for those who have fled; and what dreams do they have for the future of their country?

 

UK NEWS

AKALA 

Presented by Speakers' Corner

You'd be forgiven for thinking there's only one Revolutionary voice out there right now fronting social justice for a new generation. Not so - MC, scriptwriter, actor and all round brilliant human Akala has been talking and walking the line for some time now. He has toured with Jay Z, NAS and M.I.A, given speeches and sat on panels at numerous conferences including TED, won a MOBO and collaborated with Sir Ian Mckellen and the RSC. A fierce intellect and terrifyingly talented on the mic, we have no doubt that Akala is going to blow our fluffy Sunday slippers off.

 

GARDENING

NATALIE BENNETT

LEADER OF THE GREEN PARTY OF ENGLAND & WALES

Last year the UN issued a report stating that small scale organic farming was our best hope for saving the world. Natalie agrees and is here to explain why we should dig for victory. Localism and sustainability are entering the mainstream lexicon at a time when the Greens have been denied fair media coverage. Is gardening our salvation? Is Green a protest vote? Can Natalie convince us otherwise?!

 

STYLE

KATHARINE HAMNETT

One of the most important names in the fashion industry, having promoted an ethical business philosophy since the 1980’s. Katharine is most widely known for her evocative political t-shirts. She was awarded a CBE in 2011 in honour of her influence and services to the fashion industry. Katharine was a highlight of our very first edition and we’re extremely excited to have her back.

 

TRAVEL

ANN DANIELS ON THE POLES

The first woman in history to reach the North & South Poles as part of all women teams. Her stories of cracking ice, sensory deprivation and howling wind are partly about conquest and moral determination, but also about something far more primitive: "Yes, it's cold, yes it's terrible, yes it's painful," she says, "but actually it's nature at its best and it's huge and it makes you realise just how small you are - how humble, how insignificant."

 

RACHEL ROSE REID

Rachel mixes folk, immigrant and urban heritage, writing, singing and telling tales for everyone from the London Symphony Orchestra to Billy Bragg. For our travel section, she brings stories from oral traditions still surviving and even thriving across the Globe. You can also join Rachel on a Story Walk to the top of Primrose Hill. 

"Queen of the new wave of storytellers"  - BBC Radio 3

 

SPORT

THE BAREFOOT CLARK

Heir to the Clarks shoe dynasty and founder of Vivobarefoot, Galahad Clark is a wonderful contradiction. Being in some ways “anti-shoe”, Galahad is the black sheep of the family, and he brings with him arguably the most explosive research in sports science for decades.

 

CULTURE

PEPE BELMONTE

His musical influence meanders through Irish, Malian and Hawaiian folk to the pre-war blues of Chicago along The Delta and down through the lyrical landscape of Dylan, Mitchell and Young. Mississippi John Hurt meets JJ Cale meets Nick Drake. In March last year Pepe was knocked off his bicycle by a speeding police van leaving him in an induced coma for 10 days. Recovery was slow but culminated with a show at The Royal Albert Hall. Pepe has performed live only sporadically. A book of poems and pictures will soon be published and his debut album 'The Hermit's Waltz' is now available.

 

BUSINESS

THE RENEGADE ECONOMIST

Ross Ashcroft is an award winning independent filmmaker, essayist and strategist - known by Renegade Economist and Four Horsemen audiences as someone who disseminates economic and business language and makes it accessible.

 

SCIENCE

SEX, DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL

Zoe Cormier’s celebration of the unholy trinity frames the subject of her first book. We’ll be focusing on the most Sunday of the three - sex. Why do goats partake in oral sex, and how can a horse (or even a table) make us weak in the knees? And how on earth could the revered 'father of anatomy' not know where the clitoris was? Zoe is a science writer and co-founder of our good friends Guerilla Science, a ragtag group of rogue researchers who practice science by stealth by bringing it to the places you least expect to see it.

 

PAGE 3

JO HARRISON

No More Page Three campaigner, cartoonist & graphic designer. Jo is also a member of the AnyBody UK team, campaigning on Body Image and with other members from the organisation co-founded ‘Shape Your Culture’ a creative activism project aimed at young people in schools and youth groups.

 

FEATURE

Robert Rowland Smith

Sunday traditions new and old centre around doing little, but doing it thoughtfully. Relax and reflect is the commandment. We collectively take a breath - to get our bearings and rediscover each other. Sundays and philosophy go together like Fridays and booze, so we have invited our favourite public philosopher Robert Rowland Smith to​ prime the day and take us through an enquiry into the meaning of the collective out-breath​ and the values we give it. 

COLUMNISTS

#6 Edition hosts include...
 
DAN SCHREIBER

QI Elf, Brian Blessed fan, and producer of Radio Four's Museum Of Curiosity.

 
BEN VAN DER VELDE

Stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, who has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of England.

 
BRIDGET MINAMORE

Poet, writer & performer shortlisted to be London's first Young Poet Laureate.

 

#5 EDITION- SEPT 14, 2014

WORLD NEWS

PATRICK COCKBURN & JUSTIN MAROZZI
PRESENTED BY THE FRONTLINE CLUB

Current Middle East correspondent for The Independent joined by travel-writer historian discussed IS, the latest Sunni uprising, and the return of the Jihadis.

 

UK NEWS

JAMES  MILLAR & ZOE WILLIAMS

Four days away from the historic vote, we teamed up James Millar of Scotland’s Sunday Post with Zoe Williams of The Guardian to bring us up to speed, and help those undecided amongst us form an opinion. 

NICK DAVIES

Nick is the bestselling author of Flat Earth News, on falsehood and distortion in the media, and a former Journalist of the Year. His new book - Hack Attack : How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch - is the inside story of the phone-hacking scandal.

 

BUSINESS

DOMINIC FRISBY

Dominic has managed a feat that no one in the history of man has hitherto been able to do. Ergo - explain what Bitcoin is and how it works. 

 

SPORT

DR DAVID GOLDBLATT

Sociologist, sports writer, broadcaster, journalist, and author of the seminal The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football. Alas, David had to skip this edition for a family emergency ut we will get him back ASAP!

 

CULTURE

VIV ALBERTINE

Songwriter, musician and now author, Viv was the guitarist in The Slits, confidante of the Sex Pistols and the Clash, and a key mover in British punk culture. 

 

BELLATRIX

Belle has been crowned the best female beatboxer in the world three times, she founded The Boxettes, is bass guitarist for Wolperdinger, and double bass player for our previous Culture Section contributor Dizraeli and his band The Small Gods.

 

ELIZA SHADDAD

To finish the day the Wilderness Festival Folk Guild welcomed one of the most prominent new folk artists of the past year, and she blew us away. “Recalls Nina Simone in its quiet, simmering ferocity” - Clash Magazine. 

 

STYLE

ALEX MCINTOSH

Alex has delivered speeches everywhere from UN conferences in Geneva to universities in India; he is also a regular contributor to a variety of key fashion publications and is currently working on a year-long project with i-D magazine. 

 

TRAVEL

TOM MORGAN

Tom invented The Mongol Rally, the Rickshaw Run, and the Africa Rally. Their adventure company features the following disclaimer: “Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high. That's the whole point.” They’ve also raised millions in charity funds. 

 

GARDENING

TIAHOWLER JON VON BILTAWULF

Tiahowler ran his first cress competition in 2011. He organised it after a night out in a pub where he promised someone (he can’t remember who) that he would do it (he can’t remember why). 

 

FAMILY

SALENA GODDEN

Variously described as 'the doyenne of the spoken word scene', 'the Mae West madam of the salon', and 'everything the Daily Mail is terrified of'; Salena took us into memories of her attempts to understand the beauty, the brutality and the contradictions of the adult world.

 

FOOD & DRINK

JULIAN BAGINNI

Is food the key to what makes us human? And should we spend even more time thinking about it? Julian thinks so. Julian writes for several newspapers and magazines and is co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine.

 

TV GUIDE

SIMON SINGH

Author of Fermat's Last Theorem and Big Bang, Simon talks about his latest book -The Simpsons & Their Mathematical Secrets. 

 

 

 

THE WALKS

HISTORY WALK

Led by Martin Sheppard, the author of Primrose Hill: A History explores the hill’s remarkable past.

 

FOOLERY WALK

Jonathan Kay makes anything or anyone in the audience remind us all that we are more than our roles. For a generation brought up on passive pastimes and TV dinners, this work can be mind blowing stuff. His walk was interactive, playful, shocking, reality bending and is often very, funny.​

 

 

SOUNDTRACK

Uniting singing & running, taking elements from the deep & wonderful traditions of animist songlines & dreamtracks and condensing them into "something far more trivial that you can actually achieve."

 

 

 

SUNDAY CAPERS

Son and Sons spent all afternoon trying to set new world records, having a flutter on the nags, attempting to determine the final resting place of a spherical object (spot the ball), and generally mucking about. Specific things to watch out for were Lonely Hearts (using our patented profiling technology to set up two couples for a dinner date in the broom-cupboard of love), Crafternoon, live brain stimulation demonstration with proper scientist type, Maria Ironside MSc; Jonny and the Baptists - a musical comedy double act; and their traditional pub quiz (not necessarily traditional).

#4 EDITION- JUNE 1, 2014

WORLD NEWS

CARLOTTA GALL

Carlotta is the North Africa Correspondent for The New York Times, and has reported from Afghanistan & Pakistan for almost the entire duration of the American invasion & occupation, beginning shortly after 9/11. 

RAMITA NAVAI

Former Tehran correspondent for The Times & Channel 4's Unreported World, discusses the subject of her new book, City of Lies - love, sex death and the search for truth in Tehran.

 

UK NEWS

SANDERSON JONES

Sanderson Jones is  a comedian, and co-founder of The Sunday Assembly - a godless congregation that has been taking the world by storm.

 

BUSINESS

JAMES MEADWAY

James is the senior economist at the New Economics Foundation, leading the programme of research into reforming the financial sector and aligning the interests of society and business.

 

SPORT

TRACY EDWARDS MBE

Tracy Edwards won international fame in 1989 as the skipper of the first all female crew to sail around the world in the Whitbread Yacht Race.

 

CULTURE

DIZRAELI & DOWNLOW

Rapper, singer, poet, person, who forced folk to marry hiphop. Alongside DJ DownLow they’ve supported Beardyman, Mos Def, the Pharcyde, Foreign Beggars and DJ Yoda.

 

JACK CHESHIRE

"…exquisite melancholy song writing in the finest traditions….mildly psychedelic……the vocals are attractively slurred and sleepy, the lyrics dreamlike and beautiful, and the melodies and arrangements…get right under your skin." ***** The Sunday Telegraph

 

STYLE

SUZANNE LEE

TED Fellow Suzanne Lee is a fashion designer turned biological conjurer, who gleefully plays with new materials and processes. 

 

TRAVEL

ED GILLESPIE

Author of Only Planet, global slow traveller, London cyclist & Sustainable Development Commissioner.

 

GARDENING

VANESSA HARDEN

Vanessa’s subversive gardening tribe meet secretly at night to illegally plant flowers, shrubs, and vegetables in neglected urban spaces.

 

GOSSIP COLUMN

Paparazzi Masterclass with Fox & Squirrel

This masterclass will give you the tips and skills needed to bag a picture worth a thousand pounds.

 

THE WALKS

HISTORY WALK

Led by Martin Sheppard, the author of Primrose Hill: A History explores the hill’s remarkable past.

 

NATURE WALK

Nature is critical to our quality of life but do we value it enough? Paul de Zylva, Nature campaigner for Friends of the Earth will lead a walk and talk on the role of urban nature for our wellbeing.

#3 EDITION- MARCH 30, 2014

WORLD NEWS

GREGORY SAMS

Greg is a world-renowned fractal artist, author, entrepreneur, chaos theorist, social scientist, and the inventor of the vegeburger. He looks at World News through a wide lens.

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MELISSA GIRA GRANT

Melissa is a NYC-based writer and freelance journalist covering sex, tech, and politics, in the streets and everywhere else - challenging the myths about selling sex and those who perpetuate them, and arguing that separating sex work from the ‘legitimate’ economy only harms those who perform sexual labor.

 

UK NEWS

CHILL PILL

Chill Pill are one of the top Spoken Word collectives in the UK, running hugely popular nights at The Soho Theatre and The Albany

 

BUSINESS

DOUG RICHARD

Doug Richard is the founder and CEO of School for Startups - a social purpose business that supports aspiring entrepreneurs realise their ambitions. 

 

SCIENCE & TECH

RADMILA TOPALOVIC

Royal Observatory astronomer on comets and probes landing on alien moons, to the Mars rovers and a Jade Rabbit in the Bay Of Rainbows.

 

CULTURE

REEPS ONE & SHLOMO

The 2009 & 2010 UK Beatbox Champion, and the current World Loopstation Champion.

SIVU

“Heartswelling acoustic dexterity and glittering electronics...irresistible” NME

 

STYLE

ANNA REYNOLDS

Anna Reynolds is Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection - the art collection of the British Royal Family and one of the largest and most important art collections in the world.

 

TRAVEL

SALLY HOWARD

Travel writer and reporter for UK broadsheets.

 

GARDENING

STEVE WHEEN

Steve Wheen is the Australian-born, London-based creative talent behind The Pothole Gardener.

 

FOOD & DRINK

SAM BOMPASS

Named “one of the 15 people who will define the future of arts in Britain”, Bompas & Parr lead in flavour based experience design, culinary research, architectural installations and contemporary food design. 

 

The Walks

The Bullsh*t Tour

Join Reuben, an expert on absolutely nothing, for a factually inaccurate walking tour of Regents park and Primrose Hill. It puts the ‘city’ back into ‘mendacity’ and is the perfect way to learn less about the capital.

Philosophy Walk with Mark Vernon

Socrates said that walking in shady groves was an ideal setting for talking about philosophy, the good life and love. Take a short walk to the tip of Primrose Hill with views across the capital with acclaimed public philosopher Mark Vernon to learn what Socrates had to say to Phaedrus that day, and with the sage of Athens follow the advice of the Delphic oracle, to know thyself!

#2 EDITION - NOVEMBER 24, 2013

#1 EDITION - MAY 26, 2013

 

#16 EDITION

 

SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

WORLD NEWS

ANDY ZALTZMAN

Andy is a stand-up comedian, broadcaster and author, who has firmly established himself in the vanguard of British comedy with his unique brand of political satire. He is the writer and presenter of the satirical podcast The Bugle, the huge global phenonemon. Since The Bugle’s inception in 2007 it has gained a worldwide fan-base – including a prominent US audience. 
‘Probably one of the finest satirical comedians this country’s ever produced’ Time Out

UK NEWS

JAMES O'BRIEN

Kicking off with a conversation with Jolyon Rubinstein (The Revolution Will Be Televised), the incendiary LBC presenter will be hosting a line phone-in taking your ‘calls’ live from the sofas. “O'Brien is an exceptional broadcaster with a peerless ability to calmly point out the absurdity of certain viewpoints... provides a much-needed examination of the blustering rhetoric of politicians and media pundits." - The Guardian

STYLE
ROSE MCGOWAN

Rose is a writer, director, musician, entrepreneur, feminist whistle-blower, and agent of change who has led the fight to disrupt the status quo. Reading from her memoir Brave, this salon session hits on the sexualisation of image and identity, and the inherent sexism in the presentation of women. 

GARDENING

MAGID MAGID

Born in Somalia, Magid came to the UK as a refugee and won his seat as an MEP campaigning on the message 'immigrants make Britain stronger'. Green Party MEP & Mayor of Sheffield, Magid's a black Muslim who wears green Doc Martins and anti-fascist T-shirts in a European parliament where 4% of the MEPs are black, Asian and minority ethnic. So he's blazing more than one trail. But that's how he likes it.
 

TRAVEL

JEANNE SOCRATES

Jeanne has just become the oldest person to sail around the world alone, non-stop, and unassisted. When the 77-year-old tells people what she has been doing for the past 11 months they call her “plucky”, “feisty” or “brave”. She doesn’t like those epithets. She prefers “crazy”.

SPORT

LADY VELO

Lady Vélo AKA Jools Walker re-discovered cycling aged twenty-eight and through her hugely popular blog VéloCityGirl inspires women and young girls around the world to get on the saddle and ride. Back in the Frame is her fantastic memoir of bikes, blogs and riding through depression.

CULTURE 

NUALA HONAN

The Culture section is headlined by dynamo artist, Nuala Honan. With all the taught energy of a caged musical lioness, you can expect her usual charm and breathtaking voice, driven by post-punk rawness yet still, audaciously, featuring moments of operatic singing, leading her killer band in a pop-drama, exploring the strength in vulnerability and connection.

CHARLIE PARTRIDGE​

Fresh from the Fringe with a special performance of his critically acclaimed show ‘I Can Make You Feel Good. By Comparison’. It’s a hearty dollop of absurdist comedy beatboxing and storytelling, from Charlie Partridge, “as seen in the supermarket and heard on the bus".

HEALTH

William Sieghart's Poetry Pharmacy 

Bringing together tried-and-true prescriptions for the heart, mind and soul. William is the founder of National Poetry Day, the Forward Poetry Prize, the Big Arts Week, Bedtime Reading Week and co-founded StreetSmart: Action for the Homeless in 1998.

 

HOME

CATRINA DAVIES

Her book Why I Live In A Shed, is the story of a personal housing crisis and a country-wide one, grappling with class, economics, mental health and nature. It shows how housing can trap us or set us free, and what it means to feel at home.
 

COLUMNIST

STEVE CROSS

Hosting, facilitating, and generally smoothing out proceedings is our #12 edition homemaker. Once upon a time he was a spectacularly poor lab scientist, then an OK science communicator and for a while a museum and art curator for Wellcome Collection. These days he’s a geek comedian, presenter and producer, travelling across the UK helping all sorts of intellectual types share their passions.

 

CROSSWORDS

SON & SONS

It wouldn’t be our 5th birthday without crosswords. Barely more coherent than toddlers themselves, our crossword gurus have been running the sillier side of Sunday for 5 years. Brush up on your charade skills for the live crossword challenges, but also pop down to their pub quiz and crafternoon crafts table full of crafty crafts. 

THE WALK

THE PILGRAMAGE WALK 

Be inspired by award-winning editor and writer Clare Gogerty’s practical guide to modern pilgrimages, showing you how to walk in a way that enhances your connection to the world and to yourself.