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5x15 with Martin Rees, Philippe Sands, Bee Rowlatt, Elif Shafak, Robert Elms, and Farah Chamma

  • EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) 11-17 Stoke Newington Road London, England, N16 8BH United Kingdom (map)

Theatre – Unallocated Seating

Doors: 18:15
Start time: 19:00

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After a sell-out show in October, 5x15 returns to EartH, for another evening of stories from the frontier of human experience with Eli Shafak, Martin Rees, Philippe Sands QC, Bee Rowlatt, Robert Elms, and Farah Chamma.

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. A brilliant storyteller and commentator writing in both Turkish and English, she has published seventeen highly-acclaimed books, and her work has been translated into fifty languages.

She joins the legendary Astronomer Royal and technological risk expert Lord Martin Rees, who will lead us into the future to look at the prospects of humanity. Can we survive the rise of AI? Or is it human stupidity that we should fear?

Human Rights lawyer Philippe Sands QC (author of East West Street, and the podcaster behind The Ratline) takes us into a Turkish maximum security prison to meet the writer Ahmet Altan. Altan is serving a life sentence, and his "profoundly moving" memoir, written from jail, is I Will Never See the World Again.

Journalist and activist Bee Rowlatt is chair of the Mary on the Green campaign, and will tell us why we should do more to celebrate one of history’s most neglected icons. Mary Wollstonecraft was a pioneering feminist, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and a local hero – she resided for many years in Newington Green.

Farah Chamma is Palestinian poet known for her emotional and expressive live performances. She performs poetry in Arabic, English and French.

The voice of BBC Radio London, Robert Elms, talks about London Made Us, a memoir of a shape shifting city and takes us on a personal journey celebrating the tumultuous city we share.

ABOUT 5x15: 5x15 launched 8 years ago and has organised hundreds of sold-out events across London and around the world. 5x15 specialises in inspiring live story telling, covering personal stories and the issues transforming the world around us. Learn more:


16+ Each under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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Right of admission reserved.

Earlier Event: March 17
EartH Sessions: Brunch with Koichi Saki
Later Event: March 20
Joel Culpepper