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Chloe Aridjis is a Mexican writer based in London. She is the author of three novels, Book of Clouds, which won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France, Asunder, set in London's National Gallery, and Sea Monsters, which was awarded the 2020 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Her work often deals with themes of urban alienation and fragile ecosystems. Alongside her fiction Chloe has written for different art journals, among them frieze and Tate, Etc, and was guest curator of the Leonora Carrington exhibition at Tate Liverpool. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014 and the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writers Award for 2020 for a future novel set in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.
Chloe came to England many years ago to do an MPhil and DPhil at Oxford under the supervision of Malcolm Bowie; her dissertation was on 19th century French poetry and magic shows involving magic lanterns and automata. Her next novel, The Shadow of the Object, is loosely inspired by those years. She is also preparing a collection of essays and short stories, Dialogue with a Somnambulist, to be released in October with House Sparrow Press.
Chloe is a member of XR Writers Rebel, a group of writers who focus on addressing the climate emergency. She is primarily interested in animal rights/welfare and the biodiversity crisis. Last autumn Chloe devised and co-hosted On the Brink, an international online event involving nearly forty writers and wildlife activists, each speaking about a species hovering on the brink of extinction. The next event, a rallying cry for our rapidly vanishing insect kingdom, will be held on May 24th.
Many years ago, she founded the Ecology Club at her high school in Mexico City.
Adam is an international renowned artist whose large-scale narrative drawings and prints can be found in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon as well as many leading private collections including that of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Andy Merritt is one half of the duo Something & Son. They explore the social and environmental issues that define our time via everyday scenarios, criss-crossing the boundaries between the visual arts, architecture and design.
Bryony Gillard is an artist, curator and educator whos work attempts to create a space for genealogies of intersectional feminist practice that are elusive, messy and entangled in contemporary concerns.
Caryn Franklin MBE, former fashion editor and co-editor of i-D Magazine and prime-time BBC TV presenter throughout the eighties and nineties, is a multi-platform broadcaster, fashion and identity commentator and activist.
Christopher Sacre is a deaf signer and has been a visual artist and art facilitator for over 20 years. He specialises in providing creative workshops/activities that are accessible to deaf people and their families, supporting other facilitators to improve the accessibility of their provision at galleries, museums, and other creative events.
Artists Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart form Dubmorphology a London based research, production and performance group who make experimental sound and visual installations that examine the relationship between culture, technology and creativity.
Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, moving to the UK at the age of six. He is the author of two pamphlets, and a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry.
Laura Blake joins our Crude Britannia discussion on climate and the estuary on Sat 22 May. She is Chair of the Thames Crossing Action Group, formed to protest against the proposed, new Lower Thames Crossing.
Lazarus Tamana is an international activist, a defender of human rights, environmental and Indigenous issuses. He is currently the President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) Nigeria