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Zadie Smith Novelist


Zadie is one of Britain’s most infl uential writers and all of her four published novels have received substantial critical praise. T e novelist literally became an overnight success in 2000 with her highly acclaimed debut, White Teeth, a vibrant portrait of contemporary, multicultural London. T e novel became a bestseller and was praised internationally, winning a number of awards including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book). It also won two EMMAs (BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Awards) for Best Book/Novel and Best Female Media Newcomer and was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Authors’ Club First Novel Award. In 2002 the novel was also adapted for television by Channel 4. Her success was shortly followed by T e Autograph Man (2002) and On Beauty (2005), which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, NW, was released in 2012. Born as Sadie Smith to an English father and Jamaican mother, she was raised in Brent, northwest London.


Tinie Tempah Rapper


T e Plumstead-raised 22-year-old – otherwise known as Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu Jr – is one of the UK’s biggest new music stars, and in early 2011 became the fi rst UK rapper to sell a million singles in the US. Tinie has top US acts such as Snoop Dogg, Kelly Rowland and Wiz Khalifa queuing up to work with him. His debut album, Disc-Overy, released to a strong buzz in 2010 and, spearheaded by the huge hit Pass Out, went on to sell over 1.2m copies globally. It notched up two UK number ones, two Brit Awards, three MOBOs and a prestigious Ivor Novello award. In addition, Tinie was nominated for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for album of the year. His videos have accumulated more than 100m YouTube/Vevo plays and his Facebook fans stand at 1.6m. Tinie is also leading the way with a new generation of British urban artists signing lucrative sponsorship deals – he was named the face of soſt drinks giant Lucozade in early 2011. Tinie has come a long way since starting out in 2005 as aspiring MC, cutting his teeth on the UK’s underground urban music scene, and building up a dedicated fanbase by performing at raves, releasing mix-tapes and appearing on youth satellite television shows.


Robin Walker Historian/Author


Robin Walker is highly regarded for his extensive work on black history. Known as ‘T e Black History Man’ his landmark publication, When We Ruled, was described as the ‘best general work on the ancient and medieval history of black people there has ever been’. Published by Every Generation Media, the book has been praised for its extraordinary and cutting-edge fusion of archaeological data, documentary evidence and historical linguistic research. It is also named one of the 100 Greatest Black History Books. Robin attended the London School of Economics, where he read Economics. In 1991 and 1992 he studied African World Studies and the year aſt er that he trained as a secondary school teacher. Since 1992, Robin has lectured in adult education, taught university short courses and chaired conferences in African World Studies, Egyptology and black history all around the country. His body of historical writings has included Classical Splendour: Roots of Black History, the Black Community Report 2000 (and 2001), and T e West African Empire of Songhai, a textbook that is used by many schools across the country. In 2005, he wrote the script for the independent documentary History Report: In Search of African Splendour.


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Patrick Younge


Chief Creative Offi cer, BBC Vision Productions


Patrick has one of the most signifi cant roles in UK broadcasting – heading the BBC’s in-house production division and assuming responsibility for huge hit shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who, T e Antiques Roadshow, Crimewatch, T e One Show, Top Gear, EastEnders and Dragons’ Den. His team also made the world-famous James Bond For Queen and Country fi lm that formed part of the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. BBC Vision is the largest content producer in the world and Patrick manages 3,000 employees. T is is not Patrick’s fi rst stint at the corporation. He was previously BBC head of sports programmes and planning before moving to the US in 2005 to become president and general manager of cable network T e Travel Channel. While heading the US company Patrick was responsible for all programming, production, development and operations for the network. Prior to joining the BBC in 2004 Patrick, the brother of Guardian columnist Gary Younge, spent two years as commissioning editor for multicultural programmes at Channel 4. T e trade magazine Broadcast cited Patrick as one of the top 10 executives in UK broadcasting in 2012.


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