Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer, political commentator and social entrepreneur, as well as the co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. An internationally renowned musician, Akala has led innovative projects in music, education and the arts internationally. More recently known for his compelling lectures and journalism – he has been awarded an honorary degree from Oxford Brookes University and the University of Brighton, written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the Independent, appeared on Channel 4, ITV, MTV and the BBC, and spoken for the Oxford Union and TEDx. Natives, his book on race and class in Britain, has been shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and the James Tait Black Prize.
Caitlin Davies was born in London in 1964. She is the author of five novels and five non-fiction books, and has worked as a teacher and freelance journalist for 25 years. In 1989 she moved to Botswana where she worked for the country’s first tabloid newspaper, the Voice, and later as editor of the Okavango Observer. She received a Journalist of the Year award. From 2014-2017 she worked as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Westminster, Harrow, in the faculty of Media, Arts & Design.
Isabel Hardman is a journalist and broadcaster. She is Assistant Editor of The Spectator and presents Week In Westminster on BBC Radio 4. In 2015, she was named ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the Political Studies Association’s annual awards. She lives in London.
Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News International Editor. She has covered many of the conflicts of recent years, including Syria, Ukraine and the Arab Spring – sometimes alongside Marie Colvin. In 1994, she was the only English-speaking foreign correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide began. She was in Belgrade for the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia, and in Baghdad for the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. She has won awards from the Royal Television Society and BAFTA amongst others, and was the recipient of the 2017 Patron’s Medal from the Royal Geographical Society. Her last book Sandstorm: Libya from Gadaffi to Revolution was described by the Observeras ‘an account with historical depth to match dramatic reportage.’
Julian Jackson is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London and one of the foremost British experts on twentieth-century France. His previous books include France: The Dark Years, 1940-1944, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times History Book Award, and his celebrated The Fall of France, which won the Wolfson History Prize in 2004. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine and the author of two critically acclaimed books, The Snakehead and Chatter. He received the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing in 2014, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2015 and 2016 and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellowship at the New America Foundation.
This haunting and timely portrait of The Troubles opens with the disappearance of a mother of ten and radiates outwards to encompass the entire conflict, giving voice to characters and stories often shrouded in silence, and leaving an indelible and nuanced impression of the human cost of this unstable chapter of history.”
Ted Hodgkinson, judge
‘An artful examination of the cultural inheritance passed down between generations of a German family, Heimat illuminates the universal need for belonging, and the challenge of attempting to forge this fragile sense of rootedness from a fragmentary and chequered past’ – Ted Hodgkinson
Chris McGreal is a reporter for the Guardian. A former correspondent in Johannesburg, Jerusalem and Washington DC, he now writes from across the United States. He has won awards including for his reporting of the Rwandan genocide, Israel/Palestine, and on the impact of economic recession in America. He received the James Cameron prize for “work as a journalist that has combined moral vision and professional integrity”. He was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism for reporting that “penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth”.
Jamie Bartlett is the bestselling author of The Dark Net, an examination of the hidden corners of the internet, Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World and The People Vs Tech. He is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. He also writes on technology for the Spectator, the Telegraph and for several other publications on how the internet is changing politics and society. In 2017 Jamie presented the two-part BBC TWO documentary series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. He lives in London.