Speakers

Deborah Frances-White

Comedian and screenwriter

Deborah Frances-White is a comedian and screenwriter. Her podcast 'The Guilty Feminist' has had 85 million downloads in five years becoming something of a cultural phenomenon. She has toured the show around the world including a sell-out show at The Royal Albert Hall in 2019. The podcast won the 2020 British Podcast Spotlight Award and the 2021 PodBible Award.

Her independent film 'Say My Name' premiered at The Leicester Square Odeon in 2019. Her new feature film #Making Babies' is currently in preproduction with Redwave Films. Her live stand up storytelling comedy shows have been featured as specials for the BBC on Radio 4 as part of her Writers Guild Award Winning Series 'Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice'. She is currently recording her new BBC Radio 4 series – 'Deborah Frances-White Presents'...

Her book 'The Guilty Feminist' is a Sunday Times Bestseller. She has just been commissioned to write a new book – The Six Conversations we are Too Scared to Have' which will also be published by Hachette.

She regular appears on television (Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week), radio and podcasts as a comedian and cultural commentator and her op ed pieces and interviews have appeared in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The New York Times. Deborah is in demand as a keynote speaker and host, regularly delivering seminars on diversity and inclusion and hosting high profile events such as Stylist Magazines first ever Remarkable Women Awards and LinkedIn’s Talent Connect global conference . Deborah also works closely with Help Refugees raising funds and awareness and is an official Amnesty International UK Ambassador.

“Deborah Frances-White is essential for the planet” - Emma Thompson

“Hilarious, irreverent, eternally surprising, classy as hell, genius” - Phoebe Waller-Bridge, The Guardian.

 

Website:         deborahfrances-white.com/

Twitter:          @DeborahFW

Instagram:     @dfdubz

Facebook:      facebook.com/guiltyfeminist

David Olusoga

Historian and Broadcaster

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker. His most recent TV series include Empire (BBC 2), Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), 3 seasons of A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2).

David is also the author of Black & British: A Forgotten History which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. His other books include The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2015, The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism and Civilizations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress. David was also a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History and writes for The Guardian and is a columnist for The Observer and BBC History Magazine. 

He is also one of the three presenters on the BBC's landmark Arts series Civilizations