Who will be there?

Here are the speakers announced for The Story 2017 so far:

Nikesh Shukla is a writer. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was published by Quartet Books and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. In 2011 he co-wrote an essay about the London riots for Random House with Kieran Yates, Generation Vexed: What the Riots Don’t Tell Us About Our Nation’s Youth. His second novel, Meatspace, was published by The Friday Project. ‘Like Douglas Coupland’s Generation X,’ according to the Guardian, ‘this novel captures a cultural moment.’ Nikesh is the editor of the essay collection, The Good Immigrantwhere 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK.

Kate Clanchy is a writer and teacher. She has won the Forward Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award for her own writing, but is just as excited by the work of her students in a multicultural school. Her essay The Very Quiet Foreign Girls Poetry Group was one of the most beautiful and inspirational things we’ve read in the last year, so we’re really glad she can join us at The Story in February.

Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. She’s the author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure and an artist in residence at Data and Society Research Institute. 

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a cross art form practitioner, a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer and founder of the Midnight Run — an international, arts-filled, night-time, playful, urban, walking experience. Across his work, Identity, Displacement & Destiny are reoccurring themes in which he also tries to mix the old with the new: traditional african storytelling with contemporary poetry, pencil with pixel, texture with vector images. His three books of poetry are published by Flipped Eye and Akashic Books, and several plays by Oberon.

Lynsey Hanley was born in Birmingham and lives in Liverpool. She is the author of Estates: An Intimate History, and Respectable: The Experience of Class. She is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement.

David Conn is a sports writer for the Guardian, and is also the author of The Beautiful Game?  Searching the Soul of Football. His articles for the Guardian’s Inside Sport blog focus on the business and ethics of modern sport, including covering the recent Hillsborough Inquiry into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters in 1989.


Previous speakers at The Story include Nelly Ben Hayoun, Simon Munnery, Laura Dockrill, Alan Rusbridger, James Bridle, Gruff Rhys, Cornelia Parker, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, Kati London and many many more. You can see lists of speakers at previous here – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.