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If there’s anything Original Thinkers encourages, it’s that we all are original thinkers. The concept is at once approachable as it is lofty, but it is one that OT founder and ringleader, David Holbrooke, and president Meredith Lavitt, are confident the festival, and humanity, are poised to tackle. The annual gathering, scheduled for Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 at the historic Sheridan Opera House, has announced the early round of its provocative programming and that tickets are now available for purchase.
Holbrooke and Lavitt each describe OT in terms that reflect the festival’s determination and its novel approach to stimulating conversation around some of the world’s greatest challenges. It seeks nothing less than to end hunger, ease grief, make sense of loss, and reshape humanity into its kindest, most compassionate and creative version of itself.
“Original thinking is the most important thing we need right now,” Holbrooke said. “We look around and the world seems crazy. It seems so much crazier in 2022 than it did in 2018. But we look at these intractable problems, whether it's climate or truth decay, or you all have this sort of collapse of a collective and say, ‘Okay, how do we find our way out of this?’ And to me, that's going to take original thinkers. It's just that simple. The only way to not head back to some really troubling paradigms is, to me, to find the people and find the voices and find the ideas that will help us out of this morass. And that's what we're trying to do here and we're trying to do it in our own small way. We're not looking to cure cancer, but we're looking for people who will help us understand what the hell's going on in the world and find our own space to have some little kind of sanity.”
Lavitt wants to tap into the passion that original thinkers bring to the table in the quest to provide meaning and sense to life.
“I think original thinkers are the most passionate people and to me, it's about following that curiosity, doggedly, and using all your senses, to just figure it out,” she said. “There's so much heart to these people and it's fresh, impactful thinking, but it's hard thinking and it's not the obvious path. It's not a linear path and these people are putting their heart, their soul, their thinking, their passion, their expertise, everything into it to come up with a different way to move forward in this world and to be impactful and thoughtful and meaningful.”
Those who’ve confirmed for the 2022 gathering are a diverse array of filmmakers, authors, theologians, journalists, healers, research scientists and more. With a series of themed programs, OT combines film, conversations and artistic performances that seek to stimulate audiences to widen one’s worldview in order to consider fresh possibilities. Holbrooke and Lavitt agree that if there’s an over-arching theme to this year’s festival, it is that of resilience.
“I think one of the things we see going through this festival, a theme that emerges clearly, is resilience,” Holbrooke said.” And, you know we're coming out of this pandemic — we're not out yet but we're coming out and there's no pandemic programming, but these people all represent that notion of not giving up and really taking on a new life for themselves and for others.”
Guest Tom Voss is one such resilient soul. Following his extensive Iraq War combat experience, Voss struggled to slip back into mainstream life. Diagnosed with PTSD and frustrated with the Veteran’s Administration, he took his healing into his own hands and founded Ojai Earth. Through mindfulness, Voss has found healing and solace, which he freely shares. Author and researcher, Florence Williams, tackles grief, a subject she experienced all too well after her husband unexpectedly left her. Her book, “Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey” examines how grief, though it inhabits our bodies and colors our lives, can be understood and eased be looking for and finding a sense of wonder and awe in the world.
One film that will be screened, “The Janes,” is sharply topical in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest decision that overturns a woman’s constitutional right to bodily autonomy as it concerns health care matters, namely abortion. Director Emma Pildes brings her non-fiction storytelling skills to the fore in her directorial debut about women fighting a half century ago for those very rights. The Janes themselves will also be on-hand at the festival, and to remind us that the fight is far from over in a post-Roe world.
Disease, climate issues, on-the-ground advocacy journalism and enhanced financial opportunity for Latinas are all courses that will be examined at OT this year, among a host of others.
Holbrooke said that, in an effort to attract more locals to the festival, he and the OT staff are working with local groups that tie into the presentation’s courses such as the Janes and financial literacy.
“We get a lot of people to come in from out of Telluride, but I think some people in town are like, ‘Okay, cool, that's cool,’ and they don't really dig into what we're doing,” Holbrooke said. “I hope they will because it's really relevant to them. And one of the things we'll be doing is real outreach into our community to say, okay, how can we collaborate with different groups, to different entities, to say this has happened and it's relevant to you? I mean, that's the important thing I think about Original Thinkers is, is one that we believe everybody can be original thinker.”
Confirmed guests, films and performers, as well as tickets are at originalthinkers.com. Single event tickets will go on sale the first day of the festival.
Politician and Chief executive of Turning Point
Victor Adebowale was born on 21 July 1962. He is the Chief Executive of the social care organisation Turning Point, a charity which provides services for people affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability. In 2000, Adebowale was awarded the CBE in the New Year's Honour List for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people and in 2001 he became one of the first group of people to be appointed as people's peers and the title was gazetted as Baron Adebowale, of Thornes in the County of West Yorkshire on 30 June.
Clare Allan is the author of 'Poppy Shakespeare', inspired by her own experiences as a patient in a psychiatric unit. 'Poppy Shakespeare' was long-listed for the Orange prize for fiction in 2007 and has recently been adapted for television and broadcast on Channel 4. Clare was also the winner of the first Orange/Harpers short story prize.
County Antrim composer Elaine Agnew studied composition at Queen's University, Belfast and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Her many works have been performed worldwide by artists such as Lontano, the Vogler Quartet, pianists Angela Hewitt and Romaine Descharme, the RTÉ National Symphony and Irish Chamber Orchestras and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. latest premieres include 'One Less Petal, One Less Flame' and 'Seagull'.
Dreadlockalien is a working poet based in the Midlands U.K. He regularly appears as a conference keynote speaker, poet, and workshop facilitator. He is founding member of the New October Poets 2001 the largest spoken word collective in the Midlands. He has been the producer and performer in three plays, Amalgam Jam, Chocowars and Word Visions. Dreadlockalien also works as a literacy consultant at KS2 & KS3.
Professor of Citizenship at Liverpool John Moores University
For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today is an Independent crossbench life Peer. He began his career as a teacher but, in 1972, he was elected to Liverpool City Council as Britain's youngest City Councillor. Twenty five years later, in 1997, David was made a Life Peer of the House of Lords.
Writer and novelist
Born in Poland, Lisa Appignanesi grew up in Paris and then in the province of Quebec. She came to Britain in 1967 to do a D Phil in Comparative Literature at the University of Sussex. She has been Deputy Director of the ICA, but left in 1990 to write full-time. Nine novels, several of them bestsellers and two works of highly-acclaimed non-fiction followed. Her latest book is the critically acclaimed, Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800, and she is currently the President of English PEN.
Simon Armitage was born in 1963 and lives in West Yorkshire. He has published nine volumes of poetry. He has received numerous awards for his poetry including the Sunday Times Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes and a Lannan Award. He writes for radio, television and film, and is the author of four stage plays, including Mister Heracles, a version of the Euripides play The Madness of Heracles.
Ethnographer turned technology entrepreneur
Charles Armstrong is an ethnographer turned technology entrepreneur. After spending a year living in a small island community it struck him that the complex social patterns he saw could be mimicked electronically to help businesses manage expertise and knowledge. This led to the formation of Trampoline Systems which is now attracting attention as one of the rising stars of enterprise software. Alongside his work with Trampoline Charles continues his research with the independent think-tank CIRCUS foundation. He's an accomplished baroque keyboardist, a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and a regular speaker at conferences around the world on entrepreneurship, innovation and organisational change.
Writer and novelist
Writer and broadcaster Paul Bailey won a scholarship to the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1953 and worked as an actor between 1956 and 1964. He became a freelance writer in 1967. He was awarded the E. M. Forster Award in 1974 and in 1978 he won the George Orwell Prize for his essay 'The Limitations of Despair', first published in The Listener magazine. He is currently working on a novel called The Ship-Boy's Eyes.
Author and cultural commmentator
Born in Cardiff in 1951 and educated at Manchester University and Liverpool School of Architecture, Stephen Bayley is one of Britain's best known cultural commentators. In the seventies he was a lecturer in the history of art at The University of Kent before moving on to set up the Boilerhouse Project with Terence Conran at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Eighties. Since 1990, Stephen Bayley has been a design consultant working for numerous global brands including Absolut Vodka, TBWA, Marks and Spencer and Foster Associates. He is the author of several books, nearly 30 exhibition catalogues and countless articles and broadcasts.
Poet, novelist and Catholic thinker
Lucy Beckett is an historian, novelist and poet. Her books include a study of Wallace Stevens; a Cambridge Opera Handbook on Wagner's Parsifal; an illustrated history of York Minster, a novel about the Reformation, The Time Before You Die and a study of writing in the Christian tradition, In the Light of Christ. Her new novel, A Postcard from the Volcano, is shortly to be published.
One of Britain's most enduring political figures, Tony Benn was the most prominent figure on the left of the Labour party during the 1970s and 1980s. Tony Benn was formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, a title he renounced in the 1960s in order to take up his seat in the House of Commons following the death of his father. After several years as a minister in the Labour governments of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan Tony Benn moved to the left wing of the Labour party and narrowly lost his bid to be deputy leader of the party. In 2001 Tony Benn retired from Parliament ('to spend more time involved in politics') and became a leading figure in the movement against the war in Iraq - being elected president of the Stop the War coalition.
Author and broadcaster
Bidisha was an arts critic for NME, i-D, Dazed and Confused and Volume at fifteen, signed the deal for her debut novel, Seahorses, at sixteen and added The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The List, The Independent on Sunday, The Evening Standard and other publications to her roster in her late teens. She was also a contributing editor at feminist magazine Sybil and style magazine 2nd Generation. Bidisha is currently an arts critic for the BBC, and a presenter for Night Waves on Radio 3. She also writes for The Guardian and The Observer.
Artistic director of the Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool
Bryan Biggs has been closely involved in the arts in Liverpool since he first came to the city in the early 1970s. He is an arts administrator and curator, working in various roles at Bluecoat Arts Centre, where he is now Artistic Director. He has written about contemporary art and popular music for publications such as Bidoun, Third Text, Strange Things Are Happening - and is an artist in his own right known for his drawings.
Director of the Liverpool Biennial
Lewis Biggs has been Director of Liverpool Biennial since 2000, with the vision of presenting the best in contemporary art across Merseyside. As curator of exhibitions and displays at Tate Liverpool from 1987 to 1990 and then, particularly, as Director from 1990 to 2000, he helped build and nurture some of the most influential contemporary art organisations in the north west of England. He was a founding Director of Art Transpennine, a Director of Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, and is now Chair of Culture Campus - the organization linking Liverpool's arts organisations with the Universities - and the campaign for Visual Arts in Liverpool (VAiL).
Psychologist and writer
Sue Blackmore is a psychologist and writer whose research on consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences has been published in over sixty academic papers, as well as book chapters, reviews and popular articles. She has a regular blog in the Guardian, and often appears on radio and television. Her book The Meme Machine (1999) has been translated into 12 other languages. More latest books include a textbook Consciousness: An Introduction (2003) and Conversations on Consciousness (2005). She has been practising Zen for twenty years.
Musician, Singer-songwriter and 'eartoonist'
Peter Blegvad was formerly a member of the avant-garde rock band 'Slapp Happy'and has continued to record and perform with former members of both Slapp Happy and the band Henry Cow. His lyrics frequently feature word games and literary references. From 1992 to 1999 his cartoon Leviathon ran in the Independent. Blegvad is a regular contributor to Radio 3's programme 'The Verb'.
Director of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres
Gemma Bodinetz took up her post as Artistic Director for the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in September 2003. Gemma previously worked at The Royal Court Theatre, London, leaving briefly to assist Harold Pinter on 'The Caretaker' before returning to co-direct 'Hush' with Max Stafford-Clark. She then moved on to become freelance director and Associate Director at Hampstead Theatre. Photograph courtesy of Stephanie de Leng.
Principal, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Hilary Boulding began her role as Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in November 2007. Hilary left the Arts Council of England to take up this position where she as held the post of Director Music Strategy, leading national policy and strategy in music within the publicly funded arts sector. She has previously worked at BBC Wales as Head of Arts and Music for Radio and Television.
Bill Bruford grew up with jazz. As an amateur drummer in the 1960s, and after a handful of lessons from Lou Pocock of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he began his professional career in 1968. He was a guiding light in the so-called British "Art Rock" movement, touring internationally with Yes and King Crimson from 1968-74. His own band Bruford, recorded four albums from 1977-80. Bruford formed his electro-acoustic jazz group Earthworks in 1986, with Django Bates and Iain Ballamy, specifically to continue his work on melody from the drum set, but now in a jazz context.
Writer, editor and broadcaster
Dr Margaret Busby was born in Ghana and educated in Britain. She became the UK's youngest and first black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison and Busby Ltd. She is a writer, editor, critic, consultant and broadcaster, and has written drama for the stage and for radio.
Artist and playwright
Described in The New Statesman as "the first post-modernist from Paisley", Byrne wrote the popular, six-times BAFTA award-winning Tutti Frutti for BBC Television in 1987. In the theatre, Byrne is best known for The Slab Boys Trilogy. His other plays include Writer's Cramp, One-Eyed Jocks, Candy Kisses and Colquhoun and MacBryde, plus adaptations of The Government Inspector, The London Cuckolds, Uncle Vanya and The Seagull. He has also designed sets and costumes for 7:84, the Traverse Theatre, The Royal Court, The Bush Theatre and Scottish Opera.
Actor, writer and artist
Sarah Caisley trained as an actor, taught drama at several schools, and has appeared on television and radio over several decades. Her first broadcast was with the poet Terence Tiller, in 1952, for the BBC Third Programme. She continues to work as an actor, writer, and visual artist.
Writer and journalist
Beatrix Campbell is a campaigning writer and journalist, focusing on politics, class and gender. Her books include Wigan Pier Revisited (winner of the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize) and films include Dangerous Places, Diana Princess of Wales - How Sexual Politics Shook the Monarchy.
Merseyside-based Muslim barrister who is running The Spirit of Cordoba
Zia Chaudhry is a Muslim barrister in Liverpool as well as Director of The Spirit of Cordoba, a project to promote an understanding and raise awareness of Muslim history, culture and achievements. As well as being Chair of the Merseyside Council of Faiths, he is a member of the Association of Muslim Lawyers, the North West Forum of Faiths and the Religious Advisory Panel BBC Radio Merseyside.
Brummie born and bred, Carl Chinn gained his Ph.D in 1986 (after spending time as a bookmaker) and he is now Director of the Birmingham Lives multimedia archive at South Birmingham College. Carl has written twenty books about Birmingham and working-class life in general. In 2001 Carl was awarded the MBE for his services to local history and charity.
Writer; critic; Professor of Modern Literature and Theory, Birkbeck College, London
Steven Connor is Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck College London, where he has taught since 1979. He is also the College Orator. He is Academic Director of the London Consortium Graduate Programme in Humanities and Cultural Studies. His most latest books are The Book of Skin and Fly, on the history of the fly in poetry, painting, religion and science. He is currently completing an historical poetics of the air.
Frank Cottrell Boyce was born in Liverpool and studied English at Oxford University. He first worked as a television critic for Living Marxism magazine, and wrote episodes for Coronation Street and Brookside. He has written screenplays for several directors, including Michael Winterbottom. He has won several awards for his screenplays and novels.
Director of the All Saints Chorus, West Ham, London
Since 1994, JON CULLEN has been director of the All Saints Chorus, based in West Ham, London. For almost thirty years he has been organist at West Ham Parish Church. He is also the Head of Performing Arts at a pupil referral unit in east London.
Founder of The Reader
Jane Davis left school at 16 with two O levels but returned to education in her twenties, gaining a PhD in 1986. Since then she has taught Literature in adult education and now runs The Reader.
Ruth Deech taught law at Oxford University until she was elected Principal of St Anne's College, from 1991 to 2004. She was chair for 7 years of the UK Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, a national committee charged with regulating assisted reproductive treatments. She has been a Governor of the British Broadcasting Corporation and a Rhodes scholarships Trustee. From 2004 to 2008 she was the first Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education for England and Wales, the national campus ombudsman for 147 universities. In 2008 she was appointed Gresham Professor of (Medical) Law, London. In 2005 she was created a life peer and sits in the House of Lords as a non-party legislator.
Presenter of Radio 3's Night Waves
Annabelle was born in Merseyside and studied at the University of Bristol before training at Webber Douglas on the postgraduate course. Her theatre work includes latest performances of Dorine in Tartuffe (Liverpool Playhouse and The Rose, Kingston) and Helen in Hell and High Water (Liverpool Everyman). For television, Annabelle filmed Catherine of Aragon in The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The 11 O’Clock Show, The Bill and most recently Lewis – The Quality of Mercy . For film Annabelle played Melanie in Fluff, Christine in The Big Time and Carol in Outside then Box. Annabelle has worked extensively for BBC Radio, including The Story of the Amulet, Miss Marple – The Moving Finger, Wuthering Heights, From Fact to Fiction and Words and Music. She also plays regular Kirsty in The Archers.
Musician and Writer
Bill Drummond is a Scottish musician, writer and artist best known as co-founder of the KLF - an avant-garde pop group of the 1980s. Its 1990s successor the K Foundation gained notoriety for burning a million pounds in cash. Since then Bill Drummond has worked as a writer and artist with books including 45 - a diary described as "charmingly barking" and 17 - which describes his vision of music for the future, an amateur choir, brought together for one specific moment with no permanent record made.
Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. His first novel was The Colour of Memory (1989), set in Brixton, south London, in the 1980s. His non-fiction includes a book about jazz entitled But Beautiful, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award and The Missing of the Somme, which was adapted for BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the battle of the Somme.
Sara Bitlloch violin, Donald Grant violin, Martin Saving viola, Marie Bitlloch cello
The members of the Elias string Quartet all live in Sheffield but are originally from France, Scotland and Sweden. The Quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. They have performed extensively in the UK, and in France, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Italy, and the USA. In 2005 the Elias were appointed resident String Quartet at Sheffield's Music in the Round as part of the Ensemble 360.
Director of the ICA
Ekow Eshun is a regular contributor to Newsnight Review and the former editor of Arena magazine. He writes for The Observer, The Sunday Times and Sleaze, and his first book, Black Gold of the Sun, was published by Penguin in 2005. He has sat on the board of Tate Members and in 2005 was appointed Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
Poet Paul Farley was born in Liverpool, England in 1965 and studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He won the Arvon Poetry Competition in 1996 and his first collection of poetry, The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You (1998), won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award and won a Somerset Maugham Award. He was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 1999. In 2004, he was named as one of the Poetry Book Society's 'Next Generation' poets.
Director, National Museums Liverpool
David became director of National Museums Liverpool in 2001, and is currently overseeing the creation of the new Museum of Liverpool. David was previously director of the multi-award-winning Tyne and Wear Museums for 11 years. He was awarded an OBE in the 1997 New Years Honours List for services to museums.
Professor of Psychology
Professor Ben (C) Fletcher is Head of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is the founder of the NO DIET DIET programme, a new approach to dieting with the focus taken off food. Instead it works by trying to get people to change ingrained habits and this way it is also more successful at maintaining weight loss. Ben began his academic career with the Medical Research Council at Sheffield University researching the effects of stress on health and life expectancy. He has published a large number of books and papers in the area of stress, health and personal/organisational development.
Chair of amayorforliverpool.org
Liam Fogarty has reported on Liverpool for the BBC for more than 20 years. He has stepped down from the BBC to lead the campaign for a Mayoral referendum for Liverpool.
Over the last 30 years, Karl Francis has become a leading Welsh film and television director and producer with films that are keenly awaited in his home country and shown to great acclaim at festivals around the world. He was Head of Drama at BBC Wales in the '90s. His films include Morphine and Dolly Mixtures, and One of the Hollywood Ten.
Rector of the Royal College of Art
Professor Sir Christopher Frayling studied History at Cambridge. He fought his father's ambitions for him to enter advertising and chose an academic career path instead. He's published thirteen books to date with an eclectic range of titles from Spaghetti Westerns to The Face of Tutankhamun. As well as being Rector of the Royal College of Art, Sir Christopher is also the longest serving Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum and is Chairman of the Design Council.
Writer, translator and lecturer
Maureen Freely is a writer, translator, senior lecturer at Warwick University and a member of English PEN. Her name has become well known to many as the English translator of Orhan Pamuk's latest novels (including Snow). Her latest novel, Enlightenment, is an exploration of the persecution of writers in Turkey.
Teacher, writer and commentator
Francis Gilbert was educated at Sussex University, Cambridge University and completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University Of East Anglia, studying under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. Since the early 1990s, he has taught in a variety of comprehensives in London. He gave up teaching in 1998, but resumed his full-time career in 2001. He is currently Head of English at a comprehensive in outer London. He has published four books, written extensively for the national press, and appeared as a commentator on all the major TV channels and radio stations. His favourite appearance was with Johnnie Walker on Radio 2 when Sally was very nice to his young son, buying him a packet of crisps. All his pupils think his coolest appearance was on the Russell Brand show.
Chief Executive of NorthWest Disability Arts Forum
Ruth Gould is has been actively involved in the arts for over 20 years. After training in performance arts at the Liverpool Theatre School, she worked in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. As a hearing-impaired person, Ruth is very much aware of the discrimination often associated with access to arts training, performing or exhibiting in mainstream environments. She is passionate about disability and deaf arts being celebrated as cultural diversities in their own right.
'pool project Creative Director
Jean Grant is an artist working practically and experientially with the ecology of communities in areas of regeneration - listening to them, walking and socialising and developing ways to communicate their understanding of their neighbourhoods. Jean works as creative director of 'pool, a registered charity which publishes pamphlets about the city past and future, arranges a series of walks and picnics and facilitates several large annual events using the forgotten histories of the city to inform future developments.
John Gray is Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics. From 1998-2007 he was Professor of European Thought at the LSE. Between 1976-1997 he was a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford. He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale and the Autonomous University of Madrid. John Gray's latest books include Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Penguin), Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals (Granta), Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions (Granta), Al Qaeda and What It Means To Be Modern (Faber) and False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism (Granta). He writes articles and reviews for The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Review of Books, Harper's Magazine, The New Statesman, The Spectator, The Literary Review and other journals.
Writer and Academic
Germaine Greer is best known for her ground-breaking feminist work 'The Female Eunuch'. In latest years her books have included 'The Beautiful Boy'.
Susan A. Greenfield is a leading neuroscientist and professor based at the Laboratory of Physiology and Pharmacology, Oxford. She is the author of Mindwaves, Journey to the Centres of the Mind, The Human Brain: A Guided Tour and The Private Life of the Brain. In 2000 she was awarded a CBE, and in the first list of its kind, announced on 26 April 2001, was made a people's peer. Photograph courtesy of Stuart Clarke.
Director of Tate Liverpool
Christoph Grunenberg has been director of Tate Liverpool since March 2001. Born and educated in Germany, Grunenberg came to London to study. He has worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Kunsthalle in Basel and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
Mark Haddon is a British novelist and poet, best known for his 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. His second adult novel, A Spot of Bother, was published in September 2006. He teaches Creative Writing for The Arvon Foundation, and lives in Oxford with his wife and their two young sons.
Professor of Classics and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London
Edith Hall has held posts in Classics at the universities of Cambridge, Reading, Oxford and Durham, before joining Royal Holloway as Professor jointly in Drama and in Classics in 2006. While at Oxford she co-founded, with Oliver Taplin, the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama. She has been a consultant in several professional productions of ancient drama by the RSC, the ENO, the National Theatre, Northern Broadsides, the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Live Theatre in Newcastle.
Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. She took a degree in English and Art History at Aberystwyth University, and began to take writing seriously from the age of twenty, first as a poet, several of her poems appearing in poetry magazines, then as a fiction-writer. Her novel The Carhullan Army won the 2007 John Llewellyn-Rhys Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the 2008 Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction.
Director of The Ceri Hand Gallery, in Liverpool, the Northwest's first contemporary commercial art gallery.
Ceri Hand has worked at Grizedale Arts in Cumbria, FACT in Liverpool and is now the director of the Ceri Hand Gallery: a contemporary commercial art gallery in Liverpool. She currently sits on the board of Openeye Gallery, Liverpool, the advisory board of Mute magazine and Metamute, London, on the Creative and Cultural Industries Advisory Board for John Moores University and is also contributing to implementing a new MA with John Moores University, Liverpool. She was also recently a nominator for the Northern Art Prize.
Founder of We Are What We Do
Eugenie Harvey is co-founder of We Are What We Do. We Are What We Do aims to inspire people to use their everyday actions to make a difference in areas like climate change, community breakdown and humanitarian crises. Their book 'Change the World for a Fiver' was launched in 2004 and went on to sell nearly a million copies. What Are What We Do also teamed up with Anya Hindmarsh to create the iconic 'I'm not a plastic bag'. Eugenie was born in Australia and previously worked in PR and Marketing including a stint working for Rupert Murdoch. A chance encounter with David Robertson, founder of the East London charity Community Links led to her work with We Are What We Do. She has been named among the FT's Creative Business top 50 and was featured in the book Everyday Legends.
Kevin Harvey is currently rehearsing Wig Out! directed by Dominic Cooke, for The Royal Court Theatre. His theatre credits include: Tartuffe, directed by Gemma Bodinetz (Liverpool Everyman and Rose Theatre Kingston); Stags & Hens, directed by Bob Eaton (Royal Court); Clockwork, directed by Benji Reid (Breaking Cycles at The National); Dr Faustus, directed by David Fielding (Bristol Old Vic); His film credits include: A Boy Called Dad, directed by Brian Percival (Wonderboy Pictures); Salvage directed by Lawrence Gough; and Until Death, directed by Simon Fellows (Signature Pictures). Kevin's work on television includes Spooks: Code 9, Ruby in the Smoke, Dancin Thru' the Dark and The Golden Collar.
Barney Harwood is an award-winning children's television presenter, known for his work on CBBC. Programmes he has presented include Prank Patrol, Basil's Swap Shop, Crush and Smile. He won the Children's BAFTA for best presenter for his work on Smile. latest work includes The Sorceror's Apprentice and Bear Behaving Badly.
Hans van der Heijden is one of the founder members of Rotterdam based firm of architects BIQ. BIQ's founding members have a wide range of experience working on both public and private sector projects, including urban redevelopment design, housing schemes, cultural and technical buildings and public spaces. One of BIQ's first projects was an award-winning scheme in the bi-annual Europan-4 competition for young European architects. This design for the conversion of domestic buildings and landscape works in Liverpool in 1996 led to their first design commission outside the Netherlands. BIQ were invited to take part in the Culture Castles manifestation in Liverpool organised by FACT in 2001. The same year they were awarded first prize for a design of a mixed-use development in Birkenhead and the Bluecoat commission. Of the Bluecoat project Hans van der Heijden said, "To the first time visitor it will be a lively, inviting and intriguing building. Those familiar with the Bluecoat will delight in its re-articulation of known spaces and addition of new ones".
Writer; poet; professor of poetry and creative writing, Newcastle University
W.N. Herbert was born in Dundee in 1961, and educated there and at Oxford University. He has published seven volumes of poetry and four pamphlets, and he is widely anthologised. His last five collections, all with the northern publisher Bloodaxe, have won numerous accolades. Forked Tongue (1994) was selected for the New Generation promotion, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and was shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot and Saltire prizes.
Broadcaster, writer and performer
Roger Hill was invited to take over the weekly "rock" programme on Radio Merseyside in 1982; the longest-running alternative music show on UK local radio. With day-jobs including lecturing, educational research, theatre and drama work, and Performance Art adventures at the Bluecoat Art Centre, his time is pretty much taken up.
Linguist and Broadcaster
Susan is a broadcaster, critic and academic. She has been a regular presenter on Radio Three Night Waves and more recently on Radio Four’s Literary Proms. She studied and taught English Language and Literature at Oxford as a Fellow of Magdalen College. She also taught at the University of Gdansk where she helped to start the Gdansk Theatre Foundation and she keeps a strong interest in Central and Eastern Europe. She has worked in the theatre and more recently in film (The Queen).
Margaret Hodge was the first Minister for Children and currently a minister in the Department for Media, Culture and Sport. Formerly she was leader of Islington Council and was one of Tony Blair's nominees to become leader of the Labour Party.
Former Bishop of Edinburgh
Richard Holloway was born in Glasgow in 1933. Ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1959, he was elected Bishop of Edinburgh in 1986 and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1992. He resigned as Bishop and Primus in 2000. He is now a reviewer and writer for the Guardian, Scotsman and Herald newspapers, Times, Independent, a frequent broadcaster on radio and television, and a presenter of several BBC series.
Shadow Culture Secretary
After leaving school, Jeremy studied at Oxford University, where he graduated with a first class honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He then went on to work for a management consultancy firm before jetting off to Japan to teach English. On his return to the UK, Jeremy set up his own educational publishing business, Hotcourses. Jeremy is now the MP for South West Surrey, and the Shadow Culture Secretary.
Novelist and broadcaster Howard Jacobson was educated at Cambridge University, and during 1970s he taught English at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in the West Midlands, an experience which provided the material for his first novel, Coming From Behind (1983). Subsequent novels include Peeping Tom, The Very Model of a Man and No More Mister Nice Guy. His most latest book is The Act of Love.
Singer, Songwriter and Artistic Director of Sense of Sound in Liverpool
Jennifer John is a singer/songwriter originally from London but now based in Liverpool, where she has lived since the early 1980s. She is one of four artistic directors of Sense of Sound, a training organisation that specialises in vocal coaching and which has been in operation since 1991. She also manages a choir of 30 a cappella singers called Sense of Sound who were Grand Finalists in the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition in 2006.
Chair Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Rosemary Kelly is Chair Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and a former Head of Public Affairs and Company Secretary for BBC Northern Ireland. She is currently a Governor of the Irish Times, and a member of the Council of the University of Ulster. She is also Chairman of Help the Aged in Northern Ireland and a Trustee of its International Board in London. She was a founding member of the Irish Film and Television Academy.
AL Kennedy is a Scottish writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction. She is currently an Associate Professor in Creative Writing with Warwick University, having previously taught creative writing at St Andrews University. AL Kennedy performs as a stand-up comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe, comedy clubs and literary festivals. In 2007 her novel Day was named Costa Book of the Year in the Costa Book Awards.
Managing Director of The Barbican
Nicholas Kenyon is the managing director of the Barbican Centre. He has worked for The New Yorker, The Times and The Observer. In 1992 he was appointed Controller, BBC Radio 3, and in 2000 became Controller BBC Proms, Live Events and Television Classical Music, a position he held until taking up his post at the Barbican in October 2007.
Actor and playwright
Kwame Kwei-Armah is well-known as an actor, writer and singer. He first came to prominence as paramedic Finlay Newton in 'Casualty' (from 1999). He is a regular on 'Newsnight Review' and is a presenter of 'the Culture Show'. Amongst many accolades, he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier and Bafta awards, in 2004 and 2005 respectively, for his play Elmina's Kitchen, which was the first Black British play to be staged in the West End. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2008.
Author and screenwriter
Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool, and trained for the stage at RADA. She has been a television actress with regular roles in dramas such as Fox, Minder and The Sweeney. She is also an accomplished author, and scriptwriter, with awards for the original series of Prime Suspect and Widows. BAFTA awarded Lynda with the Dennis Potter Writers Award. Lynda awarded a creative writing scholarship to John Moores University, in her hometown of Liverpool and is an honorary member of the British Film Institute.
Writer, broadcaster and critic
Norman Lebrecht is a commentator on music, culture and politics. He has a Wednesday column in the London Evening Standard and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to Bloomberg. His many books - which include The Maestro Myth, When the Music Stops, Mahler Remembered and The Life and Death of Classical Music - have been translated into 17 languages. His first novel, The Song of Names, won the Whitbread Award in 2003 and is due to be made into an international movie. A further novel is scheduled to appear early in 2009.
Intellectual and Journalist
Bernard-Henri Lévy is a French intellectual and journalist, a superstar in France known simply as BHL. He studied at the Ecole Normale Superieure and graduated with a degree in Philosophy. Lévy is also a journalist and covered the war of independence between Bangladesh and Pakistan in the early 70s. Lévy became famous later in the 1970s as one of the founders of the Nouveaux Philosophes school and with the publication of his book 'Barbarism with a Human Face' which attacked the philosophy of Marxism. In 2003 Levy wrote an account of his efforts to track the murderers of reporter Daniel Pearl and in 2006 became involved in the Muhammed cartoons controversy when he co-signed the manifesto 'Together facing the new totalitarianism'.
Sonia Livingstone is Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is author or editor of eleven books and many articles and chapters on media audiences, children and the internet, domestic contexts of media use and media literacy. She serves on the UK’s Council for Child Internet Safety, the DCSF’s Ministerial Taskforce for Home Access to Technology for Children and DCSF’s Assessment of the impact of the commercial world on children’s wellbeing.
Television and film director
Ken Loach joined Northampton Repertory Theatre as an assistant director in 1961 and then moved to the BBC as a trainee television director in 1963, where he directed Cathy Come Home and In Two Minds which explored the issue of schizophrenia. His second feature film, Kes was a commercial and critical success. Few directors have been as consistent in their themes and their filmic style, or as principled in their politics, as Loach has in a career spanning five decades. Without doubt he is Britain's foremost political filmmaker.
Director, British Museum
Neil MacGregor has been the Director of the British Museum since 2002 and has devoted particular attention to developing the Museum’s international activities. Mr. MacGregor is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, a Board member of the National Theatre, an honorary Fellow of New College Oxford, and has received honorary doctorate from nine universities. He read French and German at New College, Oxford, philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and 17th and 19th century art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. From 1975 to 1981 he was a lecturer in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of practicing and a part-time lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art. From 1987 to 2002, Mr MacGregor was Director of the National Gallery in London, where he presented a number of BBC television series on the collection.
Presenter, Writer and Journalist
Stuart Maconie is co-host of the Radcliffe and Maconie show on BBC Radio 2. He also frequently covers Chris Evans's drivetime slot.
Tony Marchant grew up in Wapping, London "a very hard, heavy place to live sometimes" and is known for his hard-hitting, gritty dramas often about unhappy courses including 'Holding On', about London, 'The Mark of Cain' about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners and 'Passer By' about a man who fails to prevent a rape and has to live with the consequences.
Project Manager for the 2008 Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Visual Arts, for FACT
Kerenza McClarnan has worked as a freelance Public Art Consultant and Curator on a variety of exciting and significant public art and architecture projects in the North West, including FACT's Liverpool Biennial exhibition. She is now working Manchester International Festival on one of their major commissions. Kerenza is also one of the curators for Channel 4's Big Art Project in Burnley, which is scheduled to be televised in Spring 09.
Born in North Wales, John E. McGrath is currently the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Contact Theatre, Manchester. John's previous roles include Artistic Director of Theatre Venture in Newham in London and Associate Director of the renowned Experimental Theatre Company, Mabou Mines in New York. In 2005 he was awarded the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Cultural Leadership Award.
Journalist, Author and Publisher
Born in West Sussex (1958), Arabella McIntyre-Brown spent 11 years in London before moving to Liverpool in 1988. She has written nine books about Liverpool and publishes others. She splits her time between Liverpool and Transylvania.
Presenter of Radio 3's The Verb
Dreda Mitchell was born in the East End of London to parents who had migrated from Grenada to England in the 1960s. She studied African History at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and later obtained a MA in education studies. She has been a teacher in both secondary and primary schools, including becoming a deputy head teacher. She has since written three crime novels, and has been awarded the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Memorial Dagger for her book Running Hot.
Academic and broadcaster
Rana Mitter is a Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at Oxford University, and has published on the political and cultural history of twentieth-century China. He is currently working on the connections between war and nationalism in China from the 1930s to the present. He is also a presenter of Night Waves on BBC Radio 3.
Playwright and singer/songwriter
Lizzie Nunnery is a playwright and is also becoming established as a singer songwriter. The release of her EP "Monkeys and Devils," has won her acclaim with BBC Liverpool naming her as their artist of the month and live performances on BBC Radio 3 and at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. She is based in Liverpool.
Andrew O'Hagan was born in Glasgow and grew up in North Ayrshire. He worked at the London Review of Books before publishing his first book 'The Missing' in 1995. 'The Missing' was later filmed by Channel 4 and nominated for a Bafta. Andrew's debut novel 'Our Fathers' was nominated for several awards including the Booker Prize. He has subsequently won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was named one of the top 20 young British novelists in the 2003 Granta list. His third novel has been adapted for the stage and will premiere in January 2009. He is a Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
Artist, Writer and Teacher
Osi Rhys Osmond exhibits throughout Britain and abroad. He also presents programmes for television and radio, including a series on painting in Wales.
Politician and Church leader
Ian Paisley was the First Minister of Northern Ireland until his resignation in June 2008. He is a veteran politician and church leader, being leader of the Democratic Unionist party since 1971. He has been MP for North Antrim since 1970. He is one of the most controversial political figures of the last 40 years, known for campaigns against homosexuality and the national lottery and his hatred of alchohol. He opposed the Anglo-Irish agreement of 1985 and resigned from parliament in protest. He finally agreed to support a new government for Northern Ireland which included the Irish Republican party Sinn Féan in 2006 and was elected as First Minister with Sinn Féan's Martin McGuinness as deputy.
Glenn Patterson was born in Belfast in 1961 and studied at the University of East Anglia. He returned to Northern Ireland in 1988 and was Writer in the Community for Lisburn and Craigavon under a scheme administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He is the author of seven novels.
Grayson Perry, Turner Prize winner, was born in Chelmsford in 1960. He studied at Braintree College of Further Education and at Portsmouth Polytechnic. In the early 1980s Perry was a member of the Neo-Naturist group, and took part in performance and film works. He has continued to make work in a variety of media which now includes embroidery, pottery and photography.
Principal Conductor, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Born in 1976 and educated at the St Petersburg Conservatoire), Vasily Petrenko was Resident Conductor at the St Petersburg State Opera and Ballet Theatre (1994-7) and Chief Conductor of the State Academy Orchestra of St Petersburg (2004-7). He commenced his position as Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2006, and been appointed Principal Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain from 2008. In October 2007 Vasily Petrenko was named Young Artist of the Year at the annual Gramophone Awards.
One of the country's top 'devils advocates' Roger Phillips show is broadcast on Radio Merseyside between 12 and 2pm each weekday. Before he began presenting the lunchtime phone-in programme Roger had a variety of jobs from salesman to actor and has been living and working on Merseyside since the early 1970s.
Head of the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights
Trevor Phillips OBE is the head of the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights - an organisation promoting equality across ethnic, gender, sexual-orientation, disability and other interests. He was born in London but attended school in Guyana before studying chemistry at Imperial College in London. He became president of the National Union of Students and worked as a television researcher, producer and presenter at LWT. His long-standing friendship with Peter Mandelson brought him into New Labour and he temporarily ran as Labour candidate for the Mayor of London in 1999. Trevor Phillips later became a Labour member of the London Assembly until 2003 when he resigned to head the Commission for Racial Equality. He has recently spoken about the dangers of multiculturalism.
Composer and Professor of Music at Liverpool Hope University
Stephen Pratt became known with musical works like the Piano Sonata and Star and Dead Leaves for flute and piano. In 1978 an Arts Council bursary enabled him to write his first orchestral work, Some of their Number which was given its premiere by the RLPO under Simon Rattle in 1980. In June, 2003 Stephen was promoted to the post of Professor of Music at Liverpool Hope University, and he has recently set up Gresham at Hope, which brings Gresham Professors and Fellows to lecture to public audiences in Liverpool.
Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies
Paul Preston specialises in Spanish history, particularly the history of the Spanish Civil War. He is the winner of the Ramon Llull International Prize in Catalonia (2005). In 1996 he published 'A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War' and in 2003 a biography of King Juan Carlos. He is currently based at London's LSE where he is the Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies and Director of the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies. Paul Preston was born in Liverpool.
Lord David Puttnam spent 30 years as an independent film producer. His award-winning films include The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire and Midnight Express. He was head of Columbia Pictures from 1986 to 1988, the only non-American ever to run a Hollywood studio. Between 1997 - 2007 he was the Chancellor of the University of Sunderland.
TV Producer and Writer
Phil Redmond is well-known as the creator of programmes including Brookside and Grange Hill. He is currently a Creative Director and Vice Chair of the Liverpool Culture Company who are responsible for delivering the programme for the European Capital of Culture 2008.
Eleanor was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside in 1978. Her collection Feeding Fire received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2002. She lives in Liverpool and works as a poet in the community.
Gillian Reynolds MBE is a Liverpool born journalist and broadcaster. She has worked as Radio Critic for Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, as well as Programme Controller of Radio City, Liverpool. She is a Council member of the Broadcasting Committee of the Society of Authors, and is a Trustee of the National Museums Liverpool.
Gardener and Activist
Richard Reynolds is the founder of Guerrilla Gardening - an organisation that wages war against the neglect of public spaces and fights against it through illicit cultivation. Their motto runs 'Let's fight the filth with forks and flowers'. Richard began by planting flowers secretly at night around his tower block without knowing he was part of a global movement but his blog attracted guerrilla gardeners from around the world to share their experiences and the movement has attracted press coverage around the world.
Professor of English and Radio Presenter
Diane Roberts is an eighth generation resident of Florida and Professor of English at Florida State University in Tallahassee. She studied English and American literature at Oxford University. Diane is the author of three books including 'Dream State' - a history of Florida. She is a political columnist for the St Petersburg Times in Florida and has also written for newspapers including the Times and New York Times. She spends part of the year in London making documentaries for the BBC. Diane has been a commentator on American NPR since 1993.
Chief executive of the Koestler Trust for arts by offenders
Tim Robertson became chief executive of the Koestler Trust in July 2006. Before that he worked for 14 years in the London Borough of Camden, where he set up the Youth Offending Team and Sure Start programmes. He writes poetry and is on the board of Magma poetry magazine. He is a practicing Anglican and lives in King's Cross with his partner Neil. Photograph courtesy of the Koestler Trust.
Chief Executive of Shelter, the housing and homeless charity
Adam Sampson has been chief executive of Shelter since January 2003. After university, Adam worked first as a probation officer and then for the Prison Reform Trust, and then the Home Office as assistant prisons ombudsman. Adam is a board member of End Child Poverty, the Prisoners Advice Service, and the Royal Society for the Arts. He is a commissioner on the UK Drugs Policy Commission.
Professor of English
Jonathan Sawday is currently Professor of English at the University of Strathclyde. His research is focussed on the intersection between science, technology and literature. He has written and published on the visual arts, autobiography in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Renaissance and Restoration poetry, forgery, cyborgs, race and scientific racism in the Edwardian period. His book 'Engines of the Imagination - Renassiance Culture and the Rise of the Machine' was published in 2007. In it he explores when machines and technology began to have an impact on the cultural consciousness and imagination of Europe and how this was reflected through the art and literature of the time.
Musician, producer and composer
Nitin Sawhney is a producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer, and cultural pioneer, with involvement in the worlds of music, film, videogames, dance and theatre. Much of Sawhney's attention remains focused on the areas of education and community building, accepting the role of Artist in Residence for no less than 5 separate performing arts organisations around the world. In late 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Kent.
Writer and comedian
One of the most original and influential performers to emerge from the 1980s alternative comedy scene, Alexei Sayle started off as a stand-up comedian. Born in Anfield, Liverpool Alexei owes both his name and his eccentric upbringing (summer holidays visiting tractor factories in Latvia) to his parents' ardent Communist beliefs. He has appeared television programmes as diverse as in The Private Life of the Ford Cortina, Whoops Apocalypse and The Young Ones.
Novelist, reviewer and columnist
Will Self was raised in the North London suburbs and read philosophy at Oxford University. He is known for frequent television appearances (particularly on 'Have I Got New for You'), his columns in The Independent, The Evening Standard and The New Statesman and for works of fiction including 'Cock and Bull', 'The Book of Dave' and 'The Butt'.
Research Fellow at the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre at Newcastle University
Tom Shakespeare is a research fellow at Newcastle University, with interests in disability studies, bioethics and medical sociology. From 2005-2008, he was a NESTA fellow developing creative projects in writing, performance and visual art. His latest book is Disability Rights and Wrongs (Routledge, 2006).
Kamila Shamsie was born and brought up in Pakistan. She has won wide acclaim, with her novels winning or being short-listed for many literary awards. In 2000 she was selected as one of Orange's 21 Writers of the 21st Century.
Philospher and Management Consultant
Robert spent the first part of his career as a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and, while continuing with his writing, has spent the last part as a management consultant. As a partner now in a leading London consulting firm, he advises the leaders of blue chip companies and government departments. Robert has published academic books and articles on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis, and is a founding editor of the award-winning journal Angelaki. He has lectured at universities around the world and written for The Independent, been profiled in The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, and contributed to books on philosophy for children. This year he is recording podcasts for the immensely popular 'Philosophy Bites' series that has featured on the iTunes top twenty; and teaching courses on love at the new School of Life in Bloomsbury. His new book, Breakfast with Socrates: the meaning of everyday life is shortly to be published.
Gwilym Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and composers working on the British scene. Gwilym has played with the cream of international jazz artists including Dave Holland, and Bob Mintzer among others. Gwilym is currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist - the first jazz artist to be selected.
The Singh Twins Amrit and Rabindra have been exhibited worldwide. They describe their work as 'Past - Modern' and it has been hailed as reinventing traditional Indian art within modern practices.
Chair, Arts Council of Wales
Professor Dai Smith is a distinguished historian and writer on Welsh arts and culture. In January 2005 he stood down as Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan and has since been appointed as the first holder of The Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University.
Professor of Psychiatry
Sean Spence is the Professor of General Adult Psychiatry at the University of Sheffield's School of Medicine and Biomedical Science. He studied at Guy's, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals and at the Cornell Hospital in New York. His interests outside work include Jazz and he has spoken about how Jazz music arose from the pioneer 'Buddy' Bolden's mental health problems. He has expressed his fascination with people operating at the limits of human behaviour and recently published the article 'Can pharmacology help enhance human morality?' in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Sixth form student
Hannah Spiers is a sixth form student from Liverpool. She joined forces with Free Thinking to present a manifesto to help the generations understand each other better.
Kenneth Steven is a poet, children's author and translator from Highland Scotland. Some twenty of his books have been published to date; he travels all over the country and abroad to undertake readings, workshops and lectures. He's involved more and more in the making of documentaries for BBC Radio; the most latest having been on the story of Glenlyon with the producer Julian May.
Writer and broadcaster
Janet Street-Porter went to architectural college and then started her journalism career at the Daily Mail in 1969. As well as being seen in front of camera, Janet Street-Porter has also been an executive behind the scenes. For many years she was the BBC's Head of Youth and Entertainment Features and she was also MD of the infamous cable channel Live TV. Janet Street-Porter went on to edit The Independent on Sunday, and since leaving has written for numerous publications.
Director and CEO of FACT
Mike Stubbs is Director and CEO of Liverpool's Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) having previously been Head of Exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Moving Image. He is also an artist.
Director of policy and programmes for Youth Music and artistic director, Duchy Opera
David Sulkin is the founder and director of the Baylis Programme at English National Opera, was the associate director of the Janacek Hukvaldy Festival Czech Republic in the 1990s and is now Director of Policy and Programmes at the National Lottery Charity, Youth Music.
Presenter of Radio 3's Night Waves
Musician and Academic
Belinda Sykes, raised on a pure diet of English folk song, is now an international concert and recording soloist. She studied voice and improvisation in Morocco, Bulgaria, Syria, Spain and India; oboe and recorder at the Guildhall School of Music. Belinda has a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology/Arabic music from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies and is Professor of Medieval Song at Trinity College of Music.
Writer, broadcaster and director of the Football Industry Group at the University of Liverpool
Dr Rogan Taylor is Director of the Football Industry Group at the University of Liverpool where he pioneered the world’s first post-graduate ‘football’ degree: the MBA in Football Industries. Rogan was a founder-member and leader of the first national fans’ organisation in UK: the Football Supporters’ Association, in 1985.
Retired maths teacher
Keith Thomas is a retired maths teacher from Liverpool. He joined forces with Free Thinking to present a manifesto to help the generations understand each other better.
Composer and conductor
The composer Shirley J. Thompson is widely celebrated for her pioneering, eclectic and original writing style. Her latest orchestral work, 'New Nation Rising, A 21st Century Symphony' has been recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and employs the RPO with two choirs, solo singers, a rapper and dhol drummers in an epic musical story celebrating London's thousand-year history. She is the first woman in Europe to have composed and conducted a symphony in the last 30 years.
Writer and Artistic Director of Tara Arts
Born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, Verma grew up in Nairobi, and was part of the mass Kenyan exodus to Britain in the late 1960s. In 1977, he co-founded Tara Arts, the first Asian theatre company to be set up in Britain, and in 1990 he became the first Asian director to stage a play at the National Theatre. He holds Honorary Doctorates from both Exeter and De Montfort Universities.
Director of Hope Street Limited, a Liverpool based community arts organisation
Peter Ward is Director of Hope Street Ltd, an award-winning Liverpool based organisation dedicated to the development of artists, art forms and arts in the community. He is currently leading the development of an international creation centre for Liverpool.
Writer and academic
Marina Warner is a prize-winning writer; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of female myths and symbols. She was born in London in 1946, of an Italian mother and an English father who was a bookseller. Marina Warner was educated in Cairo, Brussels, Berkshire, England, and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is now Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex where she teaches courses on Fairy-Tales and other forms of narrative.
Dean of Liverpool Cathedral
Justin Welby has worked extensively on a wide range of domestic and international reconciliation projects, especially involving relations with Islamic groups in Nigeria and the Middle East. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1992, but before ordination he worked at a senior level in the oil industry in France and the UK. He is a fluent French speaker and has published papers in English and French.
Roy Williams has previously been Writer in Residence at The Royal Court and has been at The Almeida Theatre since December 2005. He has written new plays for The Royal Court, The Tricycle Theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith, Tiara Fahodzi, Eclipse Theatre and Out of Joint as well as three commissions for the National Theatre. He has also written a film for Channel 4 called FAITH.
Artistic Director of Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral.
Sister Anthony Wilson works with many different groups to create art for Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral, and her love of and knowledge of art encourages visitors to enjoy and reflect on the many treasures there, from paintings to sculpture, wall-hangings to tapestries. She is inspired by art and her own talent and enthusiasm inspires others.
Esther Wilson started out as an actor but after winning one of the BBC's Northern Exposure Awards - Short film category 'The Swimming Man' she has focused more on writing. She has written for Red Ladder Theatre Company, and The Liverpool Lantern Company. She was the winner of the 2004 Mental Health in Media's best Radio drama award. At present Esther is developing ideas for the BBC.
Director of MIMA - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (until November 2008, when he becomes the new director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art)
Godfrey Worsdale is currently the director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art but will become director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in November 2008. He began his curatorial career in the early 1990s at the British Museum, working in the Department of Prints and Drawings. At the same time he established a new independent gallery for contemporary art in London and developed a reputation for writing about art for a variety of publications and catalogues. He is particularly committed to the development of new audiences for visual art and twentieth century art in particular.
55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions Ltd is an emerging, Cambridge based contemporary theatre production company focusing on original, new, writing.
64 Million Artists is a campaign to unlock the creativity of everyone in Britain. It uses a simple, fun and free process – sign up to Do, Think and Share.
AccessArt is a UK charity that aims to inspire and enable visual arts teaching and learning. Its website features over 600 resources which share inspiration in drawing, painting, sculpture, sketchbooks and printmaking.
Access to Music is the place for anyone interested in music and media courses.
Action for Children’s Arts aims to Strengthen the cultural well-being of children by focusing attention on and encouraging support for children’s arts, and by celebrating and sharing the achievements of its practitioners.
Afro Model Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises the contributions of individuals and organisations, both of African Caribbean and non African Caribbean origins, towards the empowerment of Fashion, Modelling and Creativity.
Air Guitar UK - The annual competition to find the greatest air guitarist in the UK and send them to represent the nation at the international world finals!
Albert & Friends Instant Circus exists to develop the physical and creative potential of children and young people using circus and the physical arts.
a-n The Artists Information Company is the UK's largest membership organisation for professional visual artists with news, resources and online community. Members' exhibitions and events listings online offer a route into a rich seam of grassroots and alternative arts activity.
AndOn Theatre National creates new work that clings to its family roots; sparking story from the raw and the irrefutably interesting.
Animate Arts Company creates and delivers creative projects in communities and schools, partnering professional artists and performers to offer projects, workshops and experiences from one-day drama workshops to large-scale art installations.
Animate Projects is the only UK organisation dedicated to the support of creative animation, connecting artists from a diverse range of creative practice from fine art to the creative industries.
Arte Latino Cultural Project - Enthuse people and local audiences to participate in, and have access to high quality, innovative Latin American arts and culture.
The Art Fund - For over 110 years it has supported museums and galleries, and helped them to buy and display great works of art for everyone to enjoy.
ArtReach is a cultural development agency supporting development and delivery of innovative, high quality activity through arts consultancy.
Artsadmin is an arts producing organisation based at Toynbee Studios in East London, producing and supporting the work of artists across all disciplines, locally, nationally and internationally.
Arts Award, from Trinity College London, offers arts-based qualifications to young people aged up to 25. In England it is managed by Trinity in association with Arts Council England.
Arts Development UK - AD:uk is one of the largest national charities representing the interests of those working in arts development for local communities. Present membership represents almost 400 individuals, organisations and local authorities.
Artswork Ltd is the Bridge Organisation for the South East. It works regionally, nationally and internationally to enrich the lives of children and young people through arts, cultural and heritage experiences.
as creatives are passionate believers in the power of the arts to broaden horizons, raise aspirations and transform lives. We offer children and young people opportunities to experience, explore and enjoy their own creativity.
Aspex is Portsmouth's leading contemporary art gallery, situated behind Loch Fyne restaurant in Gunwharf Quays. They have over 30 years experience in showcasing the very best emerging contemporary artists, which means that when you visit, there will always be something of innovative, intriguing and exciting for you to see. Admission is free.
The Association of British Orchestras is the representative body for professional orchestras in the UK. With membership ranging from the major symphony orchestras to chamber, opera and ballet orchestras, its mission is to connect, champion and develop professional orchestras across the UK.
The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers - They have more than 100 Guilds who spin, weave, dye, knit, felt, etc with talks and workshops. Members are very happy to teach anyone wanting to learn a new skill.
Ausform is an independent ideas-lead producing company based in Bristol, promoting and presenting new circus and unusual theatre. It is interested in performance that crosses art forms from theatre and visual art to circus and installation. It also runs Ausform Platform, a micro-festival for new and emerging performance work across the city of Bristol.
balletLORENT - Founded in 1993 by Artistic Director Liv Lorent MBE, balletLORENT are a national touring dance theatre company based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne who create fantastical and heartfelt work for all ages.
B arts is an artist led company that designs, develops and delivers arts projects of all sorts with artists and non-artists in communities, neighbourhoods, towns, cities, and countryside across the UK, Europe and Asia - working creatively for change.
Backyard Cinema is community open air cinema/theatre and event organisers. Bringing 'big' events to smaller communities.
BalletBoyz is an internationally recognised and award-winning dance and film making company that was formed in 2000 by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt.
Beam is an arts, architecture and education charity established in 1986, based in Wakefield and working nationally. It develops projects and commissions involving the arts, place-making, knowledge-sharing and creative programming.
Bigfoot is an arts education company that aims to raise standards in education through a creative approach to learning. Bigfoot produces a diverse range of cost effective curriculum focused programmes which complement and enhance the National Curriculum.
big love sista - A creative social enterprise working with women and girls. Offering choirs, art classes and great projects for even the most wobbly unsure but curious people.
Big Telly Theatre Company's reputation for innovation is built upon distinctive professional theatre productions which tour nationally/internationally; creative collaborations; and pioneering community-based participation projects. It concentrates on the visual potential of theatre to create a unique sense of spectacle.
Biggy Beads enables people to design and create their own beaded jewellery online; it then makes the design in its workshop and sends them out.
Birmingham Opera Company is an award-winning opera company. Changing the face of opera.
Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) is the UK's leading touring ballet company, touring the UK and abroad. With 60 full time dancers and its own orchestra, BRB has the largest active repertory of any ballet company in the world. It celebrates its 25th birthday this year
Bluecoat Display Centre (BDC) is a major, independent centre for artistic activity. BDC is a registered charity based in Liverpool City Centre and runs a gallery, education programme, public events and provides over 60 local and over 300 national and international applied artists and designers a platform to display and sell their work.
British Ceramics Biennial is a festival of contemporary ceramics in venues across Stoke-on-Trent 26 September - 8 November 2015 presenting work from the UK's leading contemporary ceramic artists in new exhibitions, installations, special events, plus hands-on activities.
Brooks Art Limited - The old Victorian school house in Brooks provides workshop and gallery space for artists and students to make, study and exhibit work in any media and learn at all levels, and it tailors tuition and exhibition space to individual needs. Brooks Art is based on an atelier model, which allows students to work alongside and learn from professional artists.
Café Royal Books is a publisher of photobooks documenting Britain, collected by Tate, V&A, MoMA.
CAGED Arts is a creative training organisation supported by The Prince's Trust that develops core skills through the arts. It works will all sectors of community to create art and build people artistically and personally.
The Campaign for Drawing - Every October, The Campaign for Drawing's flagship programme, The Big Draw, offers people of all ages more than 1000 opportunities to engage with galleries, museums, heritage sites, parks and their own communities - through drawing.
Cardboard Citizens has been making life-changing theatre with and for homeless and marginalised people for over 20 years. Renowned for its Forum Theatre its productions, workshops, training and progression grow confidence, community and skills.
The Casket of Fictional Delights - A website promoting short stories and flash fiction.
Ceramic City Stories is focussed on local, national and international shared stories relating to Stoke-on-Trent.
CHA-UK (Craft & Hobby Association UK) offers help, support, education and advice to those businesses and people wanting to work in the craft and hobby industry.
Chickenshed brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to create life-changing theatre that celebrates diversity and inspires positive change. Chickenshed runs successful education courses, membership programmes and outreach projects.
Children & the Arts engages with disadvantaged children nationwide who do not have access to high-quality arts activity because of either social or economic barriers. Through a network of partners we use the arts as a platform to inspire and enable personal and social development amongst those who are hardest to reach. Through our work children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible and exciting places to visit.
Cleveland College of Art & Design - Education for creative careers. It offers high quality art and design provision and sends the highest number of students on to university in the area.
Clore Leadership Programme - Founded in 2003, The Clore Leadership Programme is a pioneering initiative that develops and strengthens leadership across the cultural and creative sectors in the UK.
Commission an Artist Limited help emerging and established artists to find word and help clients to bring their visual art ideas to life.
Confident Children - Happiness Project Kent - Its aim is to deliver to as many people as it can the gift of happiness so that they can live a happy and fulfilled life.
Coombe Farm Studios is a rural centre dedicated to growing creativity through a beautiful environment, great food and people who actively enable the creative process. A place for making work, for meaning-making and for learning.
The Cornelius Arts Foundation is a think/do tank committed to understanding (and expanding) the transformative power of art. It achieves this through research and development, focused on delivering lasting and pragmatic solutions to bridge art and people.
The Courtauld Gallery holds a world-famous art collection which includes fine examples of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings which are displayed in Somerset House, one of London's most dynamic cultural venues.
Craft Courses is dedicated to promoting thousands of UK craft courses and workshops. It offers a free listing to all UK craft course providers and currently have just under 3000 independent craft tutors and schools registered.
The Craft Potters Association of Great Britain (CPA) is the national body representing ceramic artists living and working in the UK. Its mission is to sell, promote and foster interest and excellence in studio ceramic art.
The Creation Station - Inspiring children's imaginations and creativity is at the heart of what they believe in. Parents/Carers share a journey of discovery with their child as they create their own artworks with a wealth of exciting materials, tools and ideas to nurture and engage.
CREATIVE RETREATS is a latest start-up providing time and space in beautiful surroundings for groups of like-minded people to explore what they love to do. Attendees have the chance to share their ideas with others, discuss creativity, run small workshops, collaboratively cook, invent, dance at sunrise in tree houses, draw alpacas at dusk, walk through desolate woods full of owls and mist, and venture into the fruitful wilderness of their own being!
Crisis - The national charity for single homeless people.
Cultural Commissioning Programme is an Arts Council England funded programme. It helps arts and cultural organisations and commissioners to engage in commissioning together to deliver better public service outcomes.
Culture at King's makes connections that enhance the academic and student experience while adding value and delivering benefits across arts and culture. Culture at King’s is led by Deborah Bull and includes the Cultural Institute and the new Science Gallery London.
CultureMix Arts is a not for profit organisation specialising in steel pan music, carnival arts, entertainment and education. CultureMix Arts is the home of RASPO Steel Orchestra.
Dash Arts Ltd creates artistic experiences that change the way we see the world and has rapidly emerged as a unique international creative force - producing new theatre, dance, music and art events in collaboration with exceptional artists from abroad.
De La Warr Pavilion is a multi-discipline arts centre in a modernist icon by the sea in Bexhill, East Sussex with two galleries, a large auditorium and a thriving children and young people's programme.
The Design Museum is building the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design, its work encompasses all elements of design, including fashion, product and graphic design.
Devon Guild of Craftsmen is an arts venue with two galleries and retail craft shop selling quality hand-made work, prints, ceramics, metalwork, sculpture, textiles, glass. Also a charity which promotes craft skills in schools and other communities.
DIVAcontemporary is an artist-led organisation based in Dorset committed to creativity and experimentation in the arts and practice-based research, working internationally, nationally and locally.
Draw Fantasy Art - Drawing from imagination and the creative ways to draw stuff from your head.
Earthfall was formed by Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis (1989) and uses dynamic dance, live music and film. They tour the UK and have an extensive Participation Programme.
Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter - Pottery and clay experiences for families, groups and individuals, designed to explore and develop creativity in all ages and abilities.
Ed's Designs are husband and wife who work from home cutting MDF shapes.
Elizabeth Anderson paints pictures of scenes in her everyday life that inspire her. She has a studio in Coventry and hope her work will provoke thought in others and empower women.
Emily Jane Millinery designs and makes traditional ladies millinery from her home in Staffordshire.
engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, is a membership organisation representing gallery, art and education professionals in the UK and over 20 countries worldwide. engage promotes access to, enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts through gallery education.
English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is the national folk arts development organisation for England. We champion the English traditional arts as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.
English National Ballet School, official School of English National Ballet is a specialist training centre for aspiring and highly talented young ballet dancers aged 16 to 19. They transform talented young dancers into world-class performers over a three year programme validated by Trinity College, London.
fanSHEN - Based in Wandsworth, fanSHEN works through theatre and the arts to help people imagine what they haven't thought of yet. Its work promotes ideas of environmental, social and financial sustain-agility.
Flexible Thinking Forum - Social enterprise tackling crisis of the decline in social capital in communities with a vision to create Ideasbanks in every town or city in the UK within the next 10 years.
FloatArt London is an educational platform for new graduate artists. Annually, it holds a large exhibition for new graduates to showcase their work, while providing advice and guidance for their professional development.
Fly in a Pie Puppet Theatre - Creating artist led, off the wall family theatre and animated installation work.
Forge 2 Gallery & Shop National is a gallery and shop specialising in arts and crafts sourced from all over the British Isles.
Fuel - Founded in 2004, and led by Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath, Fuel is a producing organisation working in partnership with some of the most exciting artists in the UK to develop, create and present new work for all. Fuel is currently working with the artists including: Will Adamsdale, Clod Ensemble, Inua Ellams, Fevered Sleep, David Rosenberg, Sound&Fury, Uninvited Guests and Melanie Wilson.
Fun Palaces - In 2014, over 3000 people said yes to creating grassroots arts and science events in 130 of their own local communities, with 40,000 actively participating and up to 60,000 more widely involved. In 2015 it wants to include even more people and places across the UK. Sign-up now to make a 2015 Fun Palace (3 & 4 October 2015).
Funoon Middle Eastern Dance Company - Funoon al Arabiya aims to share the rich and varied dance styles from across the Middle East in its true, folkloric style with audiences throughout the UK.
Gabriela Szulman Art is an individual practitioner producing prints, mixed media art, jewellery and accessories.
Gate Theatre - The Gate has been inspiring audiences and artists for 35 years. It confronts and debates the questions that face humanity and acts as loudspeaker for unheard voices across the globe.
Get Creative Family Arts Festival is a national festival bringing high quality visual and performing arts events to families across the UK between 9 October and 1 November 2015, as part of the wider Family Arts Campaign.
Glyndebourne - Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, year round.
The Grand Union Orchestra brings together the best musicians from all over the world to create stunning original music and spectacular live shows.
The Great Big Dance Off is the only national dance competition open exclusively to primary and secondary schools. It celebrates schools' dance, the healthiest aspects of competition and having a great time whilst representing your region.
Greeniversity - Free skill sharing community with groups set up across the country. They have been running since 2010 and now have over 100 groups set up.
Greenwich Dance is a landmark home for dance and movement. It welcomes its guests - artists, participants and communities - to explore, create, participate in and experience dance.
Gwin Kerry is a small creative business designing and making etched copper and enamel jewellery and giftware from a studio in West Studios, Chesterfield.
Hand Of Artists inspires and challenges people of all ages and backgrounds to be creative, have fun and raise money for local charities. Creating original art projects which are currently spread worldwide.
Hannah Ayre: Artist Educator is a visual artist specialising in community engagement. Working solo on small scale projects or putting together teams of professional artists for larger public events.
Hawthorn Handmade designs its own range of craft kits as well as teaching craft workshops on felting and more.
Heart of Glass is St Helens’ response to the Creative People and Places programme, made possible by investment from Arts Council England (ACE).
HELLO FRIENDS is a brand new website and performance night which champions the infinite mishmash that is creativity.
Heritage Open Days is England's largest heritage festival, involving 40,000 volunteers. It celebrates our fantastic history, architecture and culture; inviting people to discover hidden places and new experiences, for free.
Hysteria Writing Competition, from The Hysterectomy Association, is open to women only between 1st April and 31st August each year. They have three categories, poetry, flash fiction and short stories. Winners are published in our annual anthology. Entries should be on the themes relevant to women.
Ian’s 4D Glass Sculptures make sculptures using Borosilicate Glass, hand-crafted in the flame in Ian's home studio. Nature is all the inspiration one needs.
Ikon Gallery is an internationally acclaimed art gallery situated in central Birmingham. Housed in a magnificent neo-gothic school building, it is an educational charity and works to encourage public engagement with contemporary art.
I Made It! - A website library of craft and creative workshops - all online! If you can't reach a live class learn new skills and create stylish, contemporary projects with their expert instructors anywhere you can access the internet.
Improbable is a non-venue based company that make and perform theatre and opera on a range of scales around the UK and internationally.
Independent Dance (ID) provides professional development for dance and movement artists, as well as activities open to the public, with a year-round programme of events, workshops, classes and exchanges.
Ingenious is the largest independent investor in the UK creative economy.
Inkberrow Design Centre is an independent educational centre providing recreational courses, work shops and city and guilds qualifications in fashion, tailoring, theatre costume, corsetry, millinery, design exploration, jeweller and beading.
International Rameau Ensemble is championing french baroque music in the UK through academic research, free educational workshops for 11-25 year olds and live performance in exciting venues across the UK.
Into Film seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development. Their UK-wide programme of learning through and about film provides 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine.
Joseph Anthony Connor - In 2014, the UK government gave one of J.A.C's digital paintings to 61 world leaders as a state gift. This was the first time art has been given as a state gift to so many world leaders. At his last event at the V&A J.A.C said "You now know what is possible, pass it on." If the subject inspires you to organise a 'Mass Draw' please get in touch. J.A.C would be pleased to assist you.
Juan Moore is a fine artist and illustrator that has exhibited paintings in London, Cornwall, Isle of Man, France, Hong Kong and New York.
junk4funk encourages participants to make music/musical instruments from recycled waste.
Kids in Museums is an independent charity dedicated to making museums open and welcoming to all families, in particular those who haven’t visited before.
Knit for Peace matches knitters with good causes. Many keen knitters need outlets, so its distribution service sending items to those in need is a valued resource. It also promotes knitting and crochet as an activity that has benefits to the individual and society.
Latitude Festival, the pioneering, award-winning festival bursts with the very best from music and the arts; wander from film to music, comedy to literature and theatre to poetry in the stunning setting of Henham Park in the Suffolk countryside.
Leach Pottery is the historic workplace of Bernard Leach. Alongside their museum, gallery and working studio they offer a range of courses from children to adults and including professional practice.
Lessons With Lesley is a full online curriculum that is used throughout the world, for anyone to access for free. Some are created doing demonstrations and workshops in the UK and some in the US. Lesley also help children and adult artists and several charitable organizations using art.
Little Letter are creators of quaint, personalised miniature letters which are read with magnifying glasses. Beautiful keepsake gifts for any occasion.
Look Left Look Right is an award winning site-specific theatre company making vivid, dynamic, and interactive theatre inspired by and about the contemporary world.
Mags Ryder is an artist, art teacher and champion of all things creative.
Mail Art is a national community project, encouraging the UK public to design creative envelopes and share them via the postal system, as well as on our online gallery.
Making Music's mission is to support, develop, connect and champion its members and everyone who makes, performs and presents music on a voluntary basis.
Manchester Craft & Design Centre (MCDC) is home to 18 studios housing 30 designer-makers who create and sell their handmade work on-site. Alongside this MCDC hosts an innovative and exciting exhibition and events programme, showcasing the best of contemporary craft and design from both established and emerging talent.
Manuscript Pen Company Ltd - Since 1856 it has been at the forefront of pen nib manufacture and design. Now over 150 years later it continues along that path combining the traditional elements of writing with new and exciting craft products.
Messy Church is a network of churches offering a monthly Messy Church service that's huge fun for all ages, has loads of creative activities to explore the Bible theme, a short celebration and a meal. Around 2800 registered in the UK and overseas.
Middlesex University offers a broad range of courses through its six academic schools of arts and design, media and performing arts, business, science and technology, health and education and law. The university has approximately 45,500 students studying on courses worldwide, both at its own campuses and also with partner institutions, making it one of the largest providers of British university education to international students.
Mira Publishing House CIC embraces innovative ways to tackle publishing issues. It's fully funded and run by volunteers. A unique service to promote 'equal opportunity' for all books worldwide will be launched soon.
Mosaic Supplies Ltd is a one stop shop for professional mosaic artists; also mosaic kits, mosaic books and craft materials. Bringing mosaic art to local communities, schools, museums, care homes etc.
Motionhouse is a leading UK dance company founded in 1988, producing highly physical shows. Through an inclusive participatory programme, Motionhouse also inspires others to enhance their lives through dance.
MoveMe Dance - Dance class meets flash mob meets party. MoveMe is an upbeat participatory dance event that creates performances for and by the public.
Muddy Fingers Pottery runs workshops and classes in all aspects of pottery. It makes tableware and cookware for restaurants and chefs. It also makes bread ovens, does Raku sessions, makes murals and anything clay related.
National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies is an organisation with over 60,000 members throughout the UK. It provides monthly classes, workshops and events to learn, teach and know everything about arranging flowers.
The National Association of Writers' Groups - People go out and join writers groups because they want to share their work and ideas. At NAWG, they do just that for writers across the country.
National Poetry Day celebrates poetry as part of everyday life through an annual nationwide mass participation event on 8 October encouraging the sharing, speaking, reading, listening, and writing of poems.
The National Society for Education in Art and Design is the lead professional body for teachers or art craft and design across all phases throughout the UK, it promotes art, craft and design education.
National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) is a member led organisation that works strategically with partners to develop work and deliver high quality art experiences that strengthen rural and other communities.
New International Encounter is an award winning theatre company making new performances for children and young people using live music, storytelling, clowning, puppetry and an international ensemble. It also creates innovative participatory projects using young people as our co creators.
NFWI (The National Federation of Women's Institutes) Craft Committee - The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
Norwich Puppet Theatre creates and performs puppet shows in its own venue and tours them throughout the UK. We also offer a rich outreach programme of workshops and training opportunities.
Open To Create offer creative thinking, enterprise coaching and making workshops to artists, hard to reach communities, creative start-ups and larger arts institutions, museums, universities and wellbeing partners.
Opera Circus is a performing arts organisation, music theatre and chamber opera, commissions new work production touring works with young people in UK and Internationally cultural and arts projects, youth exchanges - creating safe cultural spaces.
Optik is a theatre company that produces revivals and new scripts for London venues and touring.
Out to Learn Willow - Training for adults and children in the traditional craft of willow weaving, using dried and living willow. Design and build of beautiful structures and sculptures to enhance school grounds, gardens and community areas.
Paracarnival is a diverse community of artists, performers and enablers, whose programme of Arts of Carnival workshops and legendary performances, engages people of all backgrounds, ages, abilities and vulnerabilities.
Pass it on Skills is a skills exchange, which brings the community together through creations. Current projects include designing a proggy mat for the library and making twiddle muffs.
People Dancing: the foundation for community dance is the UK development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance
People’s History Museum is the home of ‘ideas worth fighting for’ – the national museum of democracy with the country’s largest collection of campaign, political and election material.
Phoenix Dance Theatre is the UK's leading mid-scale contemporary dance repertory company that encourages creativity, innovation and excellence through its national and international touring productions and education delivery.
Playful Being devises and runs workshops to help adults rediscover their playful, creative selves.
PlayLab is a playful interaction specialist - designing installations, events and workshops to unleash creativity in playful and unexpected ways.
The Poetry Society - The UK's national organisation for the development of poets and poetry, The Poetry Society helps people get involved in poetry. It provides a network of local groups, events, publications, online information, and participatory schemes such as the National Poetry Competition, SLAMbassadors and Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.
Potclays Ltd is a family owned and run ceramics supply business, offering a complete programme of ceramic courses and workshops in Stoke on Trent, and other advice and support.
Rebecca Gouldson is a designer and maker, working in metal and enamel to produce artworks for public, corporate and private spaces.
Resource Productions is a UK based film and video production company delivering creative, engaging, and innovative videos and training to clients across a variety of sectors.
Reuseful UK has been set up by a UK wide network of scrapstores and creative reuse centres who support the reuse of unwanted resources donated by businesses to 80,000 community groups benefitting 7 million children and families.
Rhubarb Theatre create original theatre for imaginations of every age. Led by professional actors Philip and Kirsty Mead, they tour internationally with a diverse programme of performances, street theatre, storytelling and workshops.
Ridiculusmus - Driving and leading as author-actors, the company’s co-artistic directors David Woods and Jonathan Haynes have established the company as a flagship UK performance group touring nationally and internationally with an oxymoronic aim: to be both serious and funny.
The Royal Academy of Arts is an independent charity led by eminent artists and architects. Since 1768 they have promoted the practice, appreciation and understanding of art through exhibitions, education and debate.
The Royal Academy of Dance was founded in 1920, and is now one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world.
Royal Exchange Theatre - Situated in the heart of Manchester, the Royal Exchange Theatre is a leading producing theatre with an ambitious programme inspired by the world’s greatest stories: stories that have the power to change the way we see the world. Taking artistic risks, working as part of exciting partnerships, championing new talent and seeking out bold collaborations.
The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members, both nationally in the UK and internationally. It has over 40,000 members and a collection of over four million objects, alongside which it has a vibrant public programme of exhibitions, events and learning opportunities.
The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and shares it around the UK and across the world. All productions begin life at Stratford theatres, so wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town.
The SAA, society for all artists, is for everyone with a love of painting. It believes in encouraging everyone, from complete novices and hesitant beginners to the legions of leisure painters and beyond.
Scalefour Society is one of the foremost groups for finescale railway modellers. It welcomes those seeking to Strengthen the artistry and engineering of their modelling, particularly using realistic wheels and track.
Search Press Ltd is the leading art and craft publisher in the UK, specialising in fine art, textiles, general crafts and children's crafts. We publish over 100 new titles a year and distribute globally.
Selvedge is a design-led, 100 page, bi-monthly magazine that covers every facet of textiles – interiors, fashion, art, craft, travel and shopping – in an intelligent and inspiring way. It supports independent designers and artists in the magazine and at its craft fairs.
Serpentine Galleries - Championing new ideas in contemporary art and architecture since it opened in 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions of 2,263 artists over 45 years, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists and architects of our time.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has a long and famous tradition of welcoming visitors from across the globe to Stratford-upon-Avon on a personal journey to discover where Shakespeare lived and his legacy continues. Celebrating Shakespeare is at the heart of everything we do. It enriches the lives of millions of people of all ages and backgrounds, providing a global cultural meeting place where everyone can share in the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works.
Shakespeare Schools Festival trains teachers to direct their class in a 30 minute abridged Shakespeare production. It stages the productions across the UK in October and November.
Sixth Sense Theatre is a professional theatre company making work for, with and by children and young adults. Its professional regional and UK tours are complemented by extensive work with youth theatre and schools.
Snowflake Books ltd is an aspiring independent publisher founded by scholars and designers, based in Oxford. Its aim is to introduce English translations of specially chosen, ancient legends and folk tales alongside the Chinese language to encourage cross-cultural appreciation through children's books.
Society of Antiquaries of London - A 300-year-old learned society concerned with the study of the material past, research library and museum. It sponsors conservation and research grants, publications, conferences, exhibitions, lectures, and more.
The Sofa Sessions brings artists to unusual venues where music doesn’t usually happen, including your home, coffee shop and hairdressers.
Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre with an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Building on this rich heritage, Southbank Centre offers an extensive artistic and cultural programme including themed festivals, classical and contemporary music, performance, dance, visual art and literature and spoken word.
The Space commissions new, innovative digital art, seeking out and profiling artists and their work on and through partnerships with the cultural and technology sectors.
St George’s Bristol is one of the country’s leading concert halls. It boasts a superb acoustic and unique atmosphere which attracts the world’s best artists. St George’s promotes some exceptional musical talent. It wants to share these assets to help inspire and nurture new generations of musicians, and to bring the gift of music to all.
Strangeface use mask and puppets to create intimate work for the widest variety of venues. Current projects include Pubbetry – theatre for tabletops and Wellcome Trust funded Dissonance with University of Kent.
StrongBack Productions creates great performances inspired by the history, traditions, personal stories and cultural forms of BAME and other diverse and minority communities, celebrating and documenting their contribution to modern Britain.
Superact CIC is a not-for-profit arts organisation that uses creativity to help Strengthen the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, both in the UK and internationally.
Swindon Dance is an inspirational, ACE NPO dance organisation, with a 35-year track record of creating and developing the dance, dancers and the dance audiences of tomorrow.
Tales for Tea is a bibliotherapist usings prose and poetry to help keep mental health healthy. They use characters in the story as a vessel to share emotions - then paint the emotions.
Tamalpa offers public workshops and trainings in the Tamalpa Life/Art Process an internationally-recognized expressive arts approach, which combines movement, visual art, and creative writing to access the innate wisdom of the body and the transformative power of the imagination.
Tamasha Theatre Company is Britain’s foremost touring theatre company producing new plays inspired by the diversity of a globalised world. Its work places the voices of emerging and established artists from culturally diverse backgrounds centre-stage.
Tara Arts - People, Words & Art: Connecting Worlds - represents a commitment to creating excellent theatre through a shared community of diverse performers, participants and audiences.
teeleedesign - Visual artist, published children's author/ illustrator, been creating large collaborative permanent murals in primary schools using a beautiful collage painted tissue paper technique. Currently working with refugees living in Stockport area creating a 'one world one family' mural.
Tenebrae Choir, directed by Nigel Short, is a world-leading vocal ensemble. Alongside a lively international concert schedule, the choir runs an inspirational workshop method, ‘The Tenebrae Effect’, advancing and challenging participants.
THIS Project - Promoting the emerging arts community, creating opportunities for artists and organisations, while conceiving original arts activity to engage with the public to increase participation in, and access to, the arts.
TreePress - Champions of creativity being at the heart of education, so that all schools are places of empathy, confidence, cooperation and courage. TreePress is an online marketplace and community connecting playwrights to teachers and schools.
Told by an Idiot - A critically-acclaimed UK theatre company, creating the unexpected since 1993. Revelling in the artifice of performance, our aim is simple; to release peoples' creativity, curiosity and ultimately their desire to play.
TubeFlash is a website promoting new flash fiction inspired by the London Underground by a range of writers old, young, new and established.
two03 - Live Graffiti, street art, airbrush
UK Hand Knitting Association - A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to passing on skills and enthusing the next generation of knitters and crocheters.
Unlimited - Commissions programme designed to develop, create and tour exceptional art by disabled artists.
The Unapologists - A site for the expression of a group of opinionated friends on current events, social issues and pop culture, among other topics, as well as providing a platform for other types of creative writing.
Voluntary Arts provides a universal voice for approximately 63,000 voluntary arts groups across the UK and Ireland. It provides information, undertakes advocacy and delivers projects to develop participation in creative cultural activities.
Warm Glass UK - Ever fancied making a fused glass bowl, jewellery or glass beads? Warm Glass run classes throughout the year from beginners right through to more advanced techniques in a friendly and safe studio. It has creative glass craft courses to inspire everyone.
WAYout Arts - Free arts training and facilities to street and disadvantaged youth in Sierra Leone. WAYout does artistic collaborations with UK arts creators.
White Rabbit - Creating theatre, storytelling events, installations, cabaret and podcasts with participation and positive social change at the heart of it. They like to encourage fun and kindness through a wide variety of arts.
Wild Rumpus organise spectacular outdoor arts events for families who like to run wild, including the award winning Just So Festival which takes families on incredible creative adventures.
Word Voyages - Cargoes of Creativity offer festival events, education programmes, community projects, gallery and museum installations such as Poetry Postie, Sweetshop of Words, the Poetree and the Creativitea Tent.
World of Wedgwood is an inspiring visitor experience, which combines an array of engaging attractions that bring to life Wedgwood’s 250 years’ heritage in the British ceramics industry.
yello brick take inspiration from the stories people have to tell and create tailor-made experiences that take audiences on a journey, placing them at the centre of the story.
As Tennessee gets ready to play Penn State in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, a look back at the four previous times the two teams played brings both happy and disappointing memories for Big Orange fans.
But one constant is that, even though the encounters date to the 1971 season, Penn State has had the same coach – Joe Paterno, who recently turned 80 years old. In fact, he was already in his sixth season as head coach in 1971 and his 22nd year as a member of the Nittany Lion staff.
When he brought his undefeated squad to Knoxville for the Dec. 4, 1971, game with the Vols, the talk was that Penn State could still vault over some teams and be ranked No. 1 in the nation with a good showing that day. Coach Paterno even entered the discussion a little, although he wanted to wait until after the Tennessee game to say for sure if his team was as good as the others.
He never received his chance. In a game that was nationally televised on ABC – at a time when only one game a day was usually televised and even a good team could expect to be on television no more than two or three times a year – the 8-2 Vols dominated. They thoroughly impressed announcers Chris Schenkel and Bud Wilkinson and millions of viewers with a 31-11 win.
The approximately 60,000 fans in Neyland Stadium were pretty happy as well. They were said to be the loudest they had been all year, and one sports writer at the time quipped that the noise could probably be heard all the way back to Pennsylvania.
“Penn State was rated No. 2 in the country and they came in there thinking they were going to blow us out of the stadium,” remembered current Chattanoogan Bobby Majors, a defensive player who became the offensive star of the game. “We ended up handling them all day long.”
Mr. Majors said recently that he remembers the game well. “It was the greatest game of my career,” the all-American said. “It was a very special day. They honored our family.”
Bobby, the youngest of five sons of University of the South and high school coach Shirley Majors, was the third member of his family to play at Tennessee. Future coach Johnny Majors had finished second in the Heisman Trophy race in 1956 wearing No. 45, and Bill Majors had lettered at Tennessee from 1958-60 wearing No. 44.
Bill Majors was tragically killed in a train-car collision in 1965 in Knoxville along with two other UT assistant football coaches. Bobby – who was a sophomore in high school when the tragedy occurred and visited the crash site along with his father after the accident - also wore No. 44 in high school and college to honor his late brother.
Before the 1971 game, the Majors family was honored. Johnny – who was then the head coach at Iowa State – was on hand as family members were given No. 44 Tennessee jerseys.
Because of the emotional aspect and the fact that Tennessee was fired up for a home upset win over a Northern opponent that was one of the darlings of the national media and was perhaps overlooking the Vols, Bobby Majors and the rest of the team definitely came to play.
Majors took the opening kickoff and rambled 54 yards. He would have scored, but the last Nittany Lion player with a chance to stop him was able to tackle him. The tackler – John Cappelletti - was not that well known then outside of Pennsylvania. But in 1973, he would become the only player from Penn State ever to win the Heisman Trophy. He would also be the subject of the movie, “Something for Joey,” about his efforts to win the Heisman for his leukemia-afflicted little brother.
Mr. Majors said this week he never knew that the future Heisman Trophy winner was the one who tackled him on the play.
Before the game was over, Bobby himself would provide a Heisman-like performance. He had two kickoff returns totaling 113 yards and two punt returns for 82 yards, including one for a touchdown that covered – appropriately – 44 yards.
He had a graceful ease when he caught punts, and Tennessee fans always knew he would catch the ball – and probably get some yardage through aggressive running afterward.
Tennessee – which had gone out to a 21-3 halftime lead and was not threatened in the second half – had plenty of other stars in what was its last regular season game.
All-American linebacker Jackie Walker – who was the Chevrolet defensive player of the game – had a 43-yard touchdown return of an interception by Nittany Lion quarterback John Hufnagel. Defensive back Conrad Graham, meanwhile, ran a fumble recovery back 75 yards for a touchdown.
A top offensive player for Tennessee that year – Curt Watson – had an injured rib and did not play. Bill Rudder filled in admirably for him, however, and had 100 yards to lead all rushers. Steve Chancey, meanwhile, had 64.
Quarterback Jim Maxwell, whose rise from fourth string to starter is one of the great rags-to-riches stories in Tennessee football history, also played adequately well.
Other Tennessee players who stood out or contributed greatly for Tennessee in the game were linebacker Ray Nettles, kicker George Hunt, tight end Gary Theiler and a senior offensive lineman named Phillip Fulmer, the current head coach.
The star of the game was supposed to be Penn State running back Lydell Mitchell, who finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting that year and went on to enjoy a successful pro career with the Baltimore Colts. He had a fair game but was stopped for the most part by Tennessee.
Another Penn State running back in that game was not quite as well known as Mitchell, but he would actually go on to have the better pro career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His name was Franco Harris, and he finished with 71 yards rushing on the day.
In the next day’s paper, Coach Paterno, who would lead the Nittany Lions to an easy Cotton Bowl victory over Texas a month later, was described as being animated and frustrated throughout the game. The Vols’ second-year coach Bill Battle, who was not yet 30 years old, was said to be calm and cool. He had reportedly worn the same blue coat and orange shirt he had worn to all the games for good luck.
Bobby Majors recalled that he had no contact with Coach Paterno during the game and has actually never met him, even though brother, Johnny, coached at rival Pittsburgh.
He played for Doug Dickey for two years before Coach Battle arrived, so he has some perspectives of those coaches.
“Both of them were totally different people,” he said. “Dickey was very businesslike. Battle was so young. He was a fairly good disciplinarian but was not that knowledgeable overall of the different areas of football (including offense and defense). Dickey was very polished in all areas. But I liked playing for both of them.”
Mr. Majors – who is still regularly approached by people who remember his Tennessee football heroics -- has gone on to enjoy success in other areas away from football. He has played on the senior professional golf tour and played in the Senior U.S. Open in 2002.
He also owns Chemical Services South chemical manufacturing company on East 18th Street and the Swifty car wash on Highway 58. He has three grown sons – Rob, Brent and Seth – and he and his wife, Michelle, have also adopted two girls from China: Tiffany, 9, and Ambrianna, 4.
He went to a Tennessee game two years ago when he and Eddie Brown of Marion County were honored as Tennessee legends, but he watches most of them these days on television. “I just don’t care anything about crowds anymore,” he said.
In 1972, Tennessee played Penn State again, also at home. The first section of end zone upper deck seats had been installed by that time, and Neyland Stadium’s capacity had risen to more than 71,000. When the two teams met on Sept. 16, it was also the first night home game in UT football history.
The result was the same as the year before, although Penn State showed more fight. Tennessee went out to a 21-0 halftime lead, but Penn State came back to lose by a score of only 28-21. Quarterback Hufnagel, who would finish sixth in that year’s Heisman Trophy voting, had driven down deep into Tennessee territory near the end of the game but had been unable to score.
By this time, Tennessee had a number of new stars, including sophomore quarterback Condredge Holloway, running back Haskel Stanback, defensive back Eddie Brown, linebacker Jamie Rotella, punter Neil Clabo, and bare-footed kicker Ricky Townsend from Dalton, Ga., who loved to try to make tackles on kickoffs. Chancey and Rudder also contributed as running backs.
Cappelletti had also aided Hufnagel for Penn State with 74 yards rushing, although he did have a fumble.
Penn State would finally receive its dues, easily beating Tennessee, 42-17, in the Fiesta Bowl after the 1991 season. This marked the last bowl game for Johnny Majors as Tennessee’s coach.
And on Jan. 1, 1994, Penn State easily defeated a very good Tennessee team, 31-13, in the Citrus Bowl. Tennessee had been led that year by quarterback Heath Shuler, who had finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. That was actually one of Tennessee’s best teams in latest history, as it easily manhandled such teams as Georgia and LSU and had only a 7-point loss to Florida and a tie against defending national champion Alabama during the regular season.
Next Monday at 11 a.m. brings a “rubber game” in the series. Although Tennessee is favored, the past history shows that one can never completely predict the outcome between these two teams.
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In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the big data community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself!
Lumeo, a designer of computer vision solutions, appointed Andrew Cianciosi as its head of sales. Cianciosi has a proven track record in technical sales for large enterprises and national accounts, specializing in physical security and cloud-hosted access control and CCTV solutions.
“I am excited to join the Lumeo team and help new clients around the country solve their problems using the power of video analytics. Lumeo offers a powerful, proven technology and their growth has caught the eye of the industry,” said Cianciosi. “I feel that my experience with designing and installing enterprise security systems, coupled with my know-how of working with national accounts, will help extend the reach of Lumeo beyond typical security customers.”
Eric Cross and Vincent Harmsen
Reltio, a cloud-native, data management SaaS company that accelerates the value of data for businesses, appointed Eric Cross as its chief revenue officer. Cross will lead all revenue-generating operations for Reltio, including sales, customer success, professional services, and strategic alliances. Cross has served in senior leadership roles at Appian, Apigee, Blue Coat Systems, Citrix Systems, PeopleSoft, and Salesforce.com.
In addition, Vincent Harmsen joined Reltio as its senior vice president and head of Europe. Harmsen brings more than 25 years of experience building, growing and leading field teams across the European regions. He was previously with Informatica for nearly nine years, recently as vice president of the EMEA NorthWest & DACH region. Prior to Informatica, Harmsen held leadership positions at Exact, Infor, BMC, Hyperion and Siemens.
Dustin Deno and Rich Bessel
Affinity appointed Dustin Deno as its chief revenue officer. Deno brings over 15 years of experience in SaaS, including building and scaling sales teams at Salesforce and Showpad. While at Showpad, Deno helped to grow global sales teams after the company secured its Series D funding. Deno will lead Affinity’s sales organization and prepare for the company’s next stage of maturity.
In addition, Rich Bessel joined Affinity as its vice president of design. Bessel will drive the company’s future product design from end to end. His experience includes key roles at Robinhood, where in his first year he led a team to create an award-winning corporate rebrand, helping the company to reach 11.7 million monthly active users by December 2020.
Amplitude, Inc. appointed Thomas Hansen as its first president. Hansen will oversee all aspects of Amplitude’s go-to-market organization, including revenue, operations, customer success, partnerships, and marketing. Hansen most recently took UiPath public as its chief revenue officer and helped the company reach nearly $1 billion in annual recurring revenue.
“Every organization is transforming its business to thrive in a digital world, and I believe Amplitude is primed to solve the growth challenges ahead of every product, technical and customer team,” said Hansen. “Data-driven products are what sets businesses apart today, and I can’t wait to work alongside Spenser and the team to evolve and innovate our business and strategy. We want to empower every company to deliver amazing digital customer experiences, and Amplitude is key to making that happen.”
Red Hat, Inc., provider of open source solutions, appointed Matt Hicks as its president and chief executive officer. Hicks previously served as Red Hat’s executive vice president of products and technologies. Hicks joined the company in 2006 as a developer on the IT team.
“When I first joined Red Hat, I was passionate about open source and our mission, and I wanted to be a part of that,” said Hicks. “I am humbled and energized to be stepping into this role at this moment. There has never been a more exciting time to be in our industry and the opportunity in front of Red Hat is vast. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and prove that open source technology truly can unlock the world’s potential.”
SADA, a business and technology consultancy and a Google Cloud Partner, appointed Sandy Hogan as its chief revenue officer. Most recently, Hogan led the $10 billion VMware partner ecosystem and its commercial business. Before VMware, she was executive vice president and general manager at Rackspace and HERE for Americas.
“SADA’s mission to build a ‘Forever-Company’ rooted in providing incredible value to customers deeply resonated with my values,” said Hogan. “SADA’s unparalleled culture, supported by its best-in-class talent, provides the opportunity for us to create a whole new category of capabilities and further innovate across the business. I am thrilled to be a part of SADA’s next chapter of growth and look forward to what we will achieve together.”
C3 AI, the enterprise AI software company, appointed retired U.S. Air Force General John E. Hyten to its advisory board. Hyten recently retired after serving as the 11th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2019 to 2021.
“C3 AI is forging the way. They continue to lead the adoption and deployment of mission-critical AI across our nation, and in particular in the United States defense and intelligence sectors,” said General Hyten. “I am proud to join the C3 AI team at such a critical time in our nation’s history. The incorporation of new and advanced technology is essential for our national and economic security. I look forward to helping all our customers while focusing particularly on assisting our defense industry in leveraging the impressive capabilities of C3 AI’s Enterprise AI.”
Precisely appointed Anna Langhorne as its chief privacy officer. As CPO, Langhorne will be responsible for maturing Precisely’s privacy and data protection program and providing leadership for ethical data stewardship.
“I’m thrilled to join Precisely and help mature the organization’s thinking regarding privacy and data protection. Privacy is grounded in respect for the individual and is complementary to data integrity, which is already germane to Precisely’s business. It provides an excellent foundation for progressive, ethical privacy stewardship,” said Langhorne. “There’s always an opportunity to Strengthen and to challenge ourselves to provide a world-class, robust, and privacy-forward approach to compliance, putting our customers, employees, and individuals first.”
CallMiner, provider of conversation intelligence solutions to drive business improvement, appointed Benedetto Miele as its chief revenue officer. Miele joined CallMiner from Humanyze, a workplace analytics provider, where he was the senior vice president of global sales and customer success.
“Companies are faced with tremendous opportunity to drive insights and intelligence from the conversations they’re already having with their customers,” said Miele. “With CallMiner’s ongoing innovation and established industry leadership, I believe we have a greenfield opportunity to expand our footprint with new customers. I’m pleased to be joining a great team and am ready to get to work delivering the value of CallMiner to organizations worldwide.”
Brain Corp., an artificial intelligence company creating transformative core technology in robotics, promoted David Pinn to the role of chief executive officer. Since joining Brain Corp in 2017, Pinn has held a variety of executive positions including chief strategy officer, and most recently, chief financial officer.
“I’m honored that Eugene and our Board have given me the opportunity to lead Brain through the next phase of our journey,” said Pinn. “Eugene has built a talented and passionate team focused on improving lives through automation. I’m thankful for our team, our partners, and our customers, who have made Brain the leader in commercial robotics.”
Qlik appointed Chris Powell as its chief marketing officer. Powell will be responsible for leading Qlik’s worldwide marketing and communications organization, managing a multi-disciplinary team responsible for brand awareness, messaging, demand management, and communications.
“Qlik sets the standard with the most complete solutions available for data integration and analytics,” said Powell. “Together with our partner ecosystem, customers of all sizes around the world count on Qlik to provide them the confidence they need to leverage data and innovate in amazing ways. I’m excited for what the future holds for Qlik.”
Virtana, a provider of AI-driven monitoring solutions for hybrid cloud management, appointed Amit Rathi as its vice president of engineering. Rathi brings more than 20 years of product development experience to Virtana, including 14 years of leadership experience in building enterprise on-premises and SaaS projects.
“I look forward to sharing my experience with Virtana — focusing on customer value realization, defining product strategies, building high-performing teams, and developing technology thought leadership,” said Rathi. “We have a desirable product offering. I’m honored to step into a leadership role where I can continue to make an impact and build on the forward momentum the company has created.”
DataRobot appointed Chris Riley as its president of worldwide field operations. Riley will be responsible for accelerating the company’s revenue growth and global footprint, bringing DataRobot to organizations across all industries and geographies. Riley previously served as chief revenue officer for Automation Anywhere.
“DataRobot is driving the cutting edge of AI,” said Riley. “I’m thrilled to join the world-class team at DataRobot and excited to expand our impact even further while arming customers with the tools they need to thrive in an evolving market, today and in the future.”
Dataiku, the platform for everyday AI, appointed Bridget Shea as its new chief customer officer. Shea brings a background in data science and analytics and a track record of managing customer success and sales teams within rapidly scaling software companies. Prior to joining Dataiku, Shea served as the CCO of collaborative intelligence company Mural.
“As an advisor for the past few years, I’ve seen firsthand just how essential Dataiku is for organizations to become truly data driven. These transformations are powered by an incredibly impressive team and industry-leading technology” said Shea. “Dataiku is at the forefront of a revolutionary change in how business gets done and I’m looking forward to collaborating with new and existing customers to help them achieve valuable business outcomes through the use of analytics and AI.”
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“Today, we turn a page on Roe v. Wade.” Lynn Fitch, the attorney general of Mississippi, was standing on the steps of the Supreme Court rallying a group of pro-life activists and supporters. It was Dec. 1, 2021, the start of oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to a Mississippi abortion law that put Fitch front and center in the case that would lead to Roe’s downfall after nearly a half-century of conservative efforts to do just that. “We are going to leave behind that false premise that for some reason, abortion is the answer to a level playing field for women. Our ability to succeed is not built on the death of innocent children, but our success is our own,” Fitch said, wearing a robin egg blue coat, with a slight Southern drawl and dimpled smile throughout. The crowd erupted in cheers.
Fitch’s optimism was vindicated on June 24, when the high court released its decision.
Fitch had told the Supreme Court that it was “an ideal vehicle” to resolve the issue of whether pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional. The conservative movement, focused on repealing Roe since the court legalized abortion in 1973, saw Dobbs as a chance to finally undo a moral wrong set within the framework of a hollow legal argument. The late Justice Antonin Scalia famously opined in Casey (1992) that Roe “fanned into life an issue that has inflamed our national politics in general.”
When Fitch took office in 2020, the Dobbs case was waiting for her. It was a challenge to Mississippi’s 2018 law, the Gestational Age Act. Fitch’s strategy was optimistic and straightforward: “We were blessed with an opportunity to petition for cert to the United States Supreme Court, which we did. We felt it was important when they took our case up to quickly go to the heart of Roe v. Wade.”
“I was elated when they took the case,” Fitch recalled.
A mere decade after “Jane Roe” pleaded with the Supreme Court to protect a pregnant woman’s ability to abort her baby legally, Lynn Fitch began a legal career in Mississippi that would set her on the course to challenge it. After nearly four decades in the public and private sector, the single mother of three became the state’s first Republican attorney general in well over a century.
Now, at 60 years old, the first-ever female attorney general of Mississippi brought a whole-cloth case against Roe. The Dobbs petition and subsequent briefs didn’t rest only on viability of the fetus; it targeted Roe’s role in preventing women from enjoying children, family, and a career. To Fitch, a world without Roe didn’t remove women’s rights — it expanded their opportunities. It was an uncommon argument, and Fitch was uniquely placed to make it.
“As we looked at this case, we realized that we had an opportunity to have a discussion about empowering women and promoting life together,” Fitch told the Washington Examiner magazine just days before the Supreme Court released its decision.
“We were able to have an honest dialogue in our briefs and in our oral arguments that we need to look at this from a holistic perspective,” Fitch explained. “The court in Roe was very condescending. We knew women could do much more than women gave us credit for. I mean, 50 years have passed. Times have changed. You have maternity laws, paternity laws, you have flexible opportunities for work. Things were very different. And we need to look at it from that perspective. So, that’s how we embraced our opportunity. We needed to have the conversation about truly empowering women and then truly being there to support the unborn, and those two could be merged together. You didn’t have to make a choice, either/or.”
Fitch believed it and lived it. Her mentor, Evelyn Gandy, was the Democratic lieutenant governor of Mississippi from 1976 to 1980 and the first woman elected to a statewide constitutional office in Mississippi. Fitch calls her three children and three grandchildren (a fourth is on the way) “an enhancement” to her life. “I was very fortunate. I had a great support network of my friends.”
Motherhood aside, this case may be the most monumental of Fitch’s career. She’s been praised and criticized for it. More than 140 friend-of-the-court briefs were filed in Dobbs, covering an array of arguments. Some reinforced Fitch’s holistic approach. Many, of course, castigated the pro-life view, particularly that it “empowers women.” Major media outlets tended to agree with these latter filers and made that clear to their audiences.
A bevy of social science experts submitted a brief saying “being denied a wanted abortion can have a detrimental impact on women’s mental health.” Seventy-three groups that advocate gender equality, led by the National Women’s Law Center, argued that the right to abortion is essential and overturning this right would “decimat[e] the ability of women and all who can become pregnant to pursue their personal and professional goals, to safeguard their economic security, and to stand as equal members of society.”
In Vanity Fair in September 2021, Bess Levin called the potential reversal of Roe “horrifying” and mocked Fitch’s claim that it would empower women. “Ya hear that, ladies? You can have it all, minus the right to choose. An amazing life is just around the corner, as soon as you provide birth to, raise, and pay for a child the government insists you have,” she wrote.
Others took direct aim not at Fitch personally but at her state. “The fact is: Mississippi remains a dangerous and difficult place to bear, birth, and raise a child for lower-income parents. And the Supreme Court can only embrace Fitch’s fantastical thinking by denying this brutal reality,” wrote Jonathan Allen and Mark Joseph Stern for Slate in September 2021. “At every stage of pregnancy, life is difficult for Mississippians who are not wealthy,” the authors maintained. They said Mississippi was the only “state with no law guaranteeing equal pay for equal work.”
Mississippi does have the highest percentage of children living in poverty, and 75% of those live in homes headed by women; fatherlessness is common. That has raised the critique that Republicans have failed to support mothers while trying to outlaw abortion.
In response, Fitch points to the fact that she launched an awareness campaign to help Mississippians spot the signs of human trafficking, implemented a unique educational program in Mississippi schools to teach financial literacy, and supported ways to enforce child support better as a member of the RNC Platform Committee back in 2016. Further, after practicing a newspaper article about wages in Mississippi several years ago while she was the state treasurer, Fitch tasked a local economist with determining the state’s wage gap. After seeing the discrepancy in figures, Fitch set out to promote a bill that would narrow the wage gap between men and women.
Vivian Dailey, a retired school principal in Mississippi, met Fitch 15 years ago through the Mississippi Federation of Republican Women. The two women, among others, worked on the equal pay issue for “at least eight or nine years,” Dailey recalled. “It would pass the House, then not the Senate,” Dailey said. “And then, vice versa.” Apparently, some in Republican leadership were afraid such a bill would offend the business community. “Lynn had all of the statistics. She knew why we needed this for women. She was so well-versed on why we needed equal pay,” Dailey told the Washington Examiner magazine.
This spring, the legislature passed and the governor signed the Mississippi Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. This next session, Fitch plans on asking the Mississippi legislature to tackle ways to make childcare more affordable.
The Supreme Court, of course, has only strengthened her case for such policy.
“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion.
A staff member at the attorney general’s office who worked closely on the Dobbs case acknowledges the effort that went into oral arguments as well as the controversial result: “We’ve always felt good about the arguments. We’ve also understood it’s very controversial and ignites a lot of passions on both sides.” Now, it appears, one long fight is over and another, the battle to set and defend state abortion laws in a post-Roe legal atmosphere, has begun.
“Democracy is messy by design, but it is our system,” the staffer said. “That’s as it should be. We always emphasized that it’s hard. It’s going to be hard,” but “it’s the right thing.”
As for Fitch, the work ahead of her is not unlike what she has been championing for the past 40 years. How should conservatives approach women who are unexpectedly pregnant or feel afraid?
“We have to speak to these women with humility and hope,” Fitch said. “We have to look at this at every angle. How crisis pregnancy centers can be there and be resourceful. How our faith communities can be engaged. We asked the court to provide us this opportunity. We’re ready for the job.”
Nicole Russell is a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog.
That was a game show, of yore: Truth or Consequences. But there is such a thing as truth and consequences: Tell the truth, and you will face the music.
If you’re a Republican and refuse to go along with the Trumpian claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen — there is music.
After the assault on Congress, ten Republicans voted to impeach President Trump. Trump and his people have pledged to chase them all out. Will even one of the ten return to Congress for the next term? We’ll see.
Evidently, some refer to these congressmen as “the traitorous ten.” Traitorous to what, or whom? Trump? The GOP? MAGA? I would call them more like the faithful ten: faithful to the Constitution and to their oath of office.
Peter Meijer, of Michigan, was one of the ten. He had just entered Congress (having been elected in November 2020). And virtually his first act was to vote to impeach a president of his own party. That wasn’t easy.
Nor had it been easy to vote to certify the election. Here is an excerpt from a piece by Tim Alberta on Meijer:
On the House floor, moments before the vote, Meijer approached a member who appeared on the verge of a breakdown. He asked his new colleague if he was okay. The member responded that he was not; that no matter his belief in the legitimacy of the election, he could no longer vote to certify the results, because he feared for his family’s safety. “Remember, this wasn’t a hypothetical. You were casting that vote after seeing with your own two eyes what some of these people are capable of,” Meijer says. “If they’re willing to come after you inside the U.S. Capitol, what will they do when you’re at home with your kids?”
On Tuesday of this week, Meijer was defeated in a primary — defeated by John Gibbs, a MAGA man who says that the 2020 election was stolen. Doing their part were the Democrats, who spent nearly half a million dollars boosting Gibbs. Their reasoning: He would be easier to defeat in the general than Meijer.
Meijer himself wrote about this, scaldingly, here.
The Democrats’ intervention was despicable, in my opinion. Unpatriotic, too. Also, they should be careful what they wish for, or what they boost: Gibbs might wind up in Congress. At the same time, Republicans are responsible for whom they nominate, and elect.
As an aside: Do you remember Operation Chaos? In 2008, Rush Limbaugh had his armies turn out for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, thinking she would be easier to beat than her front-running opponent, Barack Obama.
This is an old game. People cheer it or boo it, depending.
In the media, I have seen Peter Meijer referred to as a “moderate.” I think this is wrong: He’s pretty much a classic conservative. But he’s not a seditious liar, which makes people think of him as moderate, which is a reflection of our times.
Enemy No. 1 for MAGA — and Anti-Anti-MAGA, a large and important camp — is Liz Cheney, of Wyoming. Her principal opponent in the Republican primary, Harriet Hageman, says, “The election was rigged. Absolutely, the election was rigged.” Kevin McCarthy, the GOP leader in the House, is a Hageman backer, naturally. According to reports, he will travel to Wyoming on Primary Day, August 16, presumably to spike the football in Cheney’s face.
Does McCarthy believe that “the election was rigged”? “Absolutely, the election was rigged”? Does it even matter, in our politics?
At the outset of the January 6 hearings, Cheney made a statement: “I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”
Here is a headline from the Associated Press, dated yesterday: “Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers loses state Senate bid.” The article tells us,
Trump pressured Bowers to help with a plan to replace electors committed to now-President Joe Biden during a phone call weeks after Trump lost the 2020 election. Bowers refused.
Bowers insisted on seeing Trump’s evidence of voter fraud, which he said Trump’s team never produced beyond vague allegations. He recalled Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani later told him, “We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.”
Bowers was a major MAGA target, obviously, and now he is defeated. He said, “I’d do it all again the same way.” There’s an American. There’s a public servant. There’s a patriot.
Rusty Bowers can sleep well at night. He can hold his head high. So can “the traitorous ten,” or the faithful ten.
Arizona tells the story of the transformation of the GOP. Once: Goldwater, McCain, Kyl. Now: Lake, Masters, Rogers. A lot of people think this transformation is for the better; others of us don’t.
Ohio tells the tale, too. The outgoing senator, Rob Portman, is the Republican chairman of the Senate Ukraine Caucus. The GOP’s nominee to replace him, J.D. Vance, told Steve Bannon (of course), “I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or another.”
Night and day.
But back to the business of truth and lies, concerning 2020. The old saying goes, “Magna est veritas et praevalebit” — Great is truth and will prevail. Well, ultimately . . .