5×15 at EartH Hackney with Martin Rees, Philippe Sands, Elif Shafak, Bee Rowlatt and Farah Chamma

By on March 13, 2019

After a sell-out show in October, 5×15 returns to EartH, for another evening of extraordinary stories from the frontiers of human experience.

The voice of BBC Radio London, Robert Elms, talks about London Made Us, a memoir of a shape shifting city and takes us on a personal journey celebrating the tumultuous city we share.


Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. A brilliant storyteller and comentator writing in both Turkish and English, she has published seventeen highly-acclaimed books, and her work has been translated into fifty languages.

She joins the legendary Astronomer Royal and technological risk expert Lord Martin Rees, who will lead us into the future to look at the prospects of humanity. Can we survive the rise of AI? Or is it human stupidity that we should fear?

Human Rights lawyer Philippe Sands QC (author of East West Street, and the podcaster behind The Ratline) takes us into a Turkish maximum security prison to meet the writer Ahmet Altan. Altan is serving a life sentence, and his “profoundly moving” memoir, written from jail, is I Will Never See the World Again.

Journalist and activist Bee Rowlatt is chair of the Mary on the Green campaign, and will tell us why we should do more to celebrate one of history’s most neglected icons. Mary Wollstonecraft was a pioneering feminist, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and a local hero – she resided for many years in Newington Green.

Farah Chamma is Palestinian poet known for her emotional and expressive live performances. She performs poetry in Arabic, English and French.


ABOUT 5×15: 5×15 launched 8 years ago and has organised hundreds of sold-out events across London and around the world. 5×15 specialises in inspiring live story telling, covering personal stories and the issues transforming the world around us. Learn more: http://5×15.com/

5×15 at EartH March 19- Martin Rees, Philippe Sands, Elif Shafak can be heard on Tuesday 19th of March 2019.

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