Another Monday, another three speakers to announce, all of whom are awesome. If you haven’t bought your ticket already, you better get one quick…
First up is Karl James, who has worked as a performer and director for many years, most recently working with Tim Crouch on his ground-breaking plays My Arm, An Oak Tree and The Author. Alongside this, he runs The Dialogue Project, using conversation to explore people’s life stories. Some of these conversations have been used as an installation at the Latitude Festival, creating intimate wormholes from the noise and bustle of a festival into someone else’s innermost thoughts. Karl’s work is story-telling at its rawest – honest, open conversations that are beautiful, tragic, shocking and inspiring.
Paula LeDieu is the Director of Digital at the BFI, and has a long history dealing with archives and digital culture. During her time at the BBC she launched the Creative Archive project, before leaving to join the iCommons project set up by Larry Lessig. Outside of this work, she has create the Bus Tops Project with Alfie Dennen, one of the national Cultural Olympiad commissions, which will transfer the tops of bus shelters into messages boards for stories, thoughts and shout-outs. At The Story, I’m asking Paula to delve into the BFI’s archive and pull out the films that, for her, symbolise why archives are so important to our culture.
Graham Linehan really needs no introduction. As the creator of IT Crowd, and co-creator with Arthur Matthews of Father Ted and Big Train, Graham is responsible for some of the most successful comedy TV of the last 20 years. He also has over 65,000 people following him on Twitter, where his links to spotify playlists, political outrage and comedy videos give a great insight into what lies behind his work. I’m looking forward to hearing from an absolute master about where the raw material for great sitcoms come from, and how the web is changing the way he writes comedy.
So – that’s it for next week. Not many speakers to go now, and its a cracking line-up already. Don’t forget to get your ticket now!