Final Speakers & Host for The Story 2016 announced

It’s just over a month till The Story, we had the tech visit at Conway Hall yesterday, and we’re started to get really excited about the event at Storythings HQ. Standard tickets are nearly sold out, so if you want to come along and start your 2016 with a day of inspiration and creative re-charging, then get your tickets asap before they all go! If you need a good reason to buy a ticket, here’s four – our last three speakers and our awesome host:

James Ball is special correspondent for Buzzfeed News. Before joining Buzzfeed, he was an award-winning data journalist working on the Guardian‘s investigations team. He was a core journalist on several of the newspaper’s data-driven investigations, including the publication of the NSA files received from Edward Snowden, the Reading the Riots project, its reporting on the WikiLeaks’ Guantanamo Bay files, and the Guardian’s extensive reporting relating to the ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks series.  Before joining the Guardian, he worked with Channel 4 Dispatches, Panorama, Al Jazeera and ITN with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and was a freelancer working for WikiLeaks during its publication of 250,000 US embassy cables. In 2012, he was awarded the Stern Fellowship, and worked for four months on the national security desk of the Washington Post, reporting on the state-sponsored trade of online hacks, electronic sanctions in Syria and Iran, and serious security failings of the TSA. He is a lecturer on City University’s Interactive and Investigative journalism courses, and the co-author of two books: WikiLeaks: News in the Networked Era and The Infographic History of the World.

Dallas Campbell is an presenter, actor and writer who has worked on many innovative science and technology programmes across TV and Radio. In 2015 Dallas filmed Britain Beneath Your Feet, exploring the hidden wonders of below. In 2014 Dallas presented Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered on BBC 1; a groundbreaking documentary where Dallas uses new scientific research to explore the mysterious life and death of the boy king. He also co-hosted the hugely popular BBC1 2 part series, Treasure Hunters, alongside Ellie Harrison. A presenter of BBC One’s popular science show, Bang Goes The Theory (BGTT), for 6 series, Dallas was also a regular on stage at the Bang Live! Roadshow, which toured for 2 years. Prior to his BGTT role, Dallas co-presented Five’s enormously successful The Gadget Show, where his exploits redefined the word ‘geek’; racing jet powered street luges, wrestling robot jellyfish, testing the latest in gadgets of all sorts, as well as his proudest moment: breaking the Scalextric land speed record.

Jamie Byng is the CEO of the Edinburgh based, independent publishing house Canongate Books which he has run since 1994. During this time Canongate has grown significantly in size and reputation and has twice been named Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards (2003 and 2009) as well as Independent Publisher of the Year in 2013. Its international, prize-winning list of authors includes Yann Martel, Barack Obama, Muriel Spark, Kate Grenville, Ruth Ozeki, Nick Cave, Philip Pullman, Scarlett Thomas, Matt Haig, Terry Gilliam and many more. Byng is also a Director a company that celebrates letter writing through ambitious events at which great performers read notable letters to a live audience. In 2011 Byng co-founded World Book Night, a literacy charity that promotes reading for pleasure with a particular focus on getting books into the hands of those who rarely read. He is also Chair of the Publishers Association’s Consumer Trade Council and has been given honorary doctorates by both Edinburgh and Dundee University.

Our host for The Story 2015 is Leila Johnston. We’ve long been a fan of Leila’s work. Her podcast Shift Run Stop with Roo Reynolds was one of our favourite listens, and we’ve given copies of her excellent magazine Hack Circus to every delegate at the last two The Story conferences. Her recent projects have included a comedy arduino thermal printer Victorian letter exchange, a musical about a radioactive woman in Ancient Greece, simulators for Twitter and Instagram in BBC BASIC and a talk where the slides were written entirely in MODE 4. She was recently profiled in the Guardian Weekend magazine for her collection of photographs of IBM cash registers and wrote about Hack Circus and invention as a reaction to digital for Creative Review. She created a film and experience around life extension, after being awarded both Brighton Digital Festival ‘New Work Award’ and funding from the British Science Festival to develop projects on this theme, and is currently the first digital artist-in-residence at the dance company Rambert.

So that’s the line up completed for 2016, and we’re very, very excited about it at Storythings HQ. We’d love to see you there, so if you haven’t got a ticket, get yours asap, and we look forward to seeing you on February 19th!