Award-winning journalist, author, President and co founder of the Women’s Equality Party.
At present Catherine is co-creating a one off Live event inspired by her most recent publication, Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World! (2017), alongside renowned artist and Turner prize winner Grayson Perry.
2018 will see Catherine take her own one woman show across the UK. More details to follow.
Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and one of Britain’s most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers. A veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show and a regular on Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness.
Misha Glenny is an author and journalist. He is an executive producer of the BBC One eight-part drama series, McMafia, inspired by his non-fiction book of the same name.
Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007 and as a Member of Parliament in his home county of Fife, Scotland, from 1983 to 2015. He is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and is a passionate advocate for the rights of children. Mr Brown has also been appointed Chair of the new Global Commission on Financing Global Education and serves as New York University’s inaugural Distinguished Global Leader in Residence.
Dame Patricia Routledge is an English actress and singer, best known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, for which she was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1992 and 1993. Her film appearances include To Sir, with Love and Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River. She won the 1968 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Darling of the Day, and the 1988 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Candide. On television, she came to prominence during the 1980s in monologues written by Alan Bennett and Victoria Wood; appearing in Bennett’s A Woman of No Importance, as Kitty in Victoria Wood as Seen on TV, and being nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Bennett’s Talking Heads: A Lady of Letters .
In 2007, Stacey Dooley was a twenty-something working in fashion retail. She took part in the BBC series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts which saw her live and work alongside Indian factory workers making clothes for the UK High Street. This sparked her series of hugely popular investigations, establishing her as one of BBC3’s most celebrated presenters.
Through the course of her documentary making, Stacey has covered a wide-range of topics, from sex trafficking in Cambodia, to Yazidi women fighting back in Syria. At the core of her reporting are incredible women in extraordinary and scarily ordinary circumstances – from sex workers in Russia, to victims of domestic violence in Honduras.
Touring in 2018:
Acclaimed plantswoman, bestselling author and one of our most familiar gardening experts in the media today, Carol Klein is most famous for her role as regular presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, having featured on (almost) every programme since 2005. Her natural, down-to-earth approach has made her a popular and trusted figure amongst the British public.
She will be touring in 2018 with her show, Life in a Cottage Garden, which is based on her own beautiful garden at Glebe Cottage in Devon.
Once described by The Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer”, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the holder of many endurance and expedition world records as well as being a prolific writer and poet.
After serving in the British Army for eight years, Fiennes undertook numerous expeditions and was the first person to visit both the North and South Poles by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot. For over 40 years he has lived through countless life-threatening experiences and in May 2009, at the age of 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.
Fiennes has written numerous books about his army service and his expeditions as well as a book defending Robert Falcon Scott from modern revisionists.
Victoria Derbyshire is a multi award-winning journalist and broadcaster, who presents current affairs on both TV and radio. Her eponymous two hour news programme is broadcast each weekday on BBC 2. Before that she spent 16 years presenting the morning programme on Radio 5 Live, where she became a trusted confidante to listeners as they shared their own personal experiences with her on national radio.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she recorded video diaries in an attempt to demystify the treatment. Her video diaries have been viewed over 12 million times.
Olly Smith is a multi award-winning wine expert, TV personality, author and columnist. His finely tuned taste buds, endless knowledge and infectious enthusiasm know no bounds. He is honoured to be listed in Debrett’s 500 2015 – amongst the 500 most influential people in the UK.