With Rana Ayyub, Oliver Bullough, Amelia Gentleman, Ed Miliband, Gideon Rachman
This event will take place in the British Library Theatre. It will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person (physical) or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up. Viewing links for the online version will be sent out shortly before the event.
The British Library is delighted to host 5x15’s long-awaited return to in-person events. The format is simple: 5 speakers with 15 minutes each to tell a story. Together we'll be exploring the news with those who shape it, write it and are the news!
Rana Ayyub is ranked among 10 global journalists who face maximum threats to their lives across the world. Her international bestseller Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover-Up investigates state-sponsored genocide. In 2022 for the second time in three years, the UN wrote to India to protect her from state-enabled attacks in response to her journalism.
Oliver Bullough is an award-winning author and journalist, specialising in financial skulduggery. His financial exposé Moneyland (2018), was a Sunday Times business bestseller and a Waterstones Book of the Month. His new book (March 2022) is Butler to the World: How Britain became the servant of tycoons, tax dodgers, kleptocrats and criminals.
Amelia Gentleman is a reporter and author of The Windrush Betrayal, Exposing the Hostile Environment. She has won the Orwell prize and many other awards for the Windrush investigations. ‘Her reporting proves why an independent free press is so vital for democracy,’ Reni Eddo-Lodge said about her. Previously Amelia reported from Delhi, Paris and Moscow.
Ed Miliband is Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change and Net Zero, and former Leader of the Labour Party. Since 2017 Ed has captured the imagination of millions with his podcast Reasons to Be Cheerful, which explores solutions to the challenges facing societies all around the world. His book Go Big addresses the most urgent of these problems, and argues that the key is to think big.
Gideon Rachman is the FT’s Chief Foreign Affairs columnist. His new book The Age of the Strongman examines the new nationalism in Russia, Europe, and beyond, asking what forces are in place to keep these strongmen in check? In 2016 Gideon was European Press Prize’s Commentator of the Year.
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