Three more speakers announced!

The next batch of tickets go on sale today at 3pm, so its time to announce another three speakers for this year’s event.

Anthony Owen is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s most prolific and influential magical creators, writers and producers. His original magical effects, routines and ideas have been featured by performers around the world and he has acted as a consultant for numerous performers and theatre, film and television productions. He is the author of over twenty books on magic, including Some Tricks, Some More Tricks and The Sticky Blue Book. He is also the BAFTA and Rose D’or award winning producer of over one hundred hours of television magic shows including all of Derren Brown‘s series and specials, and The Real Hustle for BBC3. I’m a huge fan of magic, and how magicians use various techniques in their storytelling, so I’m really looking for ward to hearing from Anthony.

Tom Chatfield and Phil Stuart will be talking about The End, a game produced for Channel 4 Education about philosophy, belief and death. Phil is the Creative Director of Preloaded, one of the UK’s most innovative game design companies, who have produced award-winning games for clients including the BBC, Channel 4 and The Wellcome Trust. Tom  is a freelance writer and the author of three books about digital culture. He has a doctorate from St John’s College, Oxford, and is an associate editor at Prospect magazine, a guest fellow at the Said Business School, Oxford, and a faculty member at the School of Life in London. He writes, speaks and broadcasts internationally on media, arts and technology, appearing at forums including TED Global, the Cannes Lions and authors@Google.

Danny O’Brien is one of the most influential writers, journalists and activists of the last 20yrs. He spent the 90s documenting the fledgling UK new media scene, working on the first iteration of Wired UK, and later starting the very influential Need To Know webzine with Dave Green. In 2005 he left the UK to join the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, and in 2010 moved to take on the role of Internet Advocacy Co-ordinator for the Committee To Protect Journalism. Danny was also one of the founders of the Open Rights Group, an activist group working to protect users’ rights on the internet in the UK. Danny is a fantastic writer and storyteller, and is working on some of the most pressing political and ethical issues we face as we become ever more dependent on digital networks and the stories they tell about us. I’m really looking forward to hearing about his work next February.


So – that’s another three speakers announced, and the line-up is starting to take shape. Just a few more to go – we’ll announce these as further batches of tickets go on sale. Get yours now from our Eventbrite page!