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    ARCHIVE: 5X15 June 2017

    • 04 Jun
      04 Jun - 04 Jun 2017

    Following previous sell out shows, 5X15 returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres for another unmissable night.

    5 brilliant speakers, 15 minutes each, no scripts!

    5×15 have made the intimate setting of Tobacco Factory Theatres their home and have brought some of the country’s finest speakers to Bristol.

    Past line ups have included Michael Eavis, Tim Dowling, Nimco Ali, Hollie McNish, David Olusoga, Lliana Bird and MC Joe Peng. Expect an eclectic and interesting evening for curious minds, in an atmosphere more
    saloon than salon. June’s full line-up below

    SALI HUGHES: IS A WOMAN WITH A PASSION FOR SURFACE LACKING IN DEPTH?image1Sali Hughes is a journalist, author, broadcaster, Guardian, The Pool and Empire columnist and founder of the award- winning salihughesbeauty.com, a large online community forum for women. A former features director, she has written for many publications including Grazia, The Observer, Elle, The Telegraph, The Face, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Stylist, Woman & Home, Good Housekeeping and Red, where she is Contributing Editor. She was written two bestselling books, Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion, and Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look at The Beauty Products That Changed The World, both published by 4th Estate. She appears frequently on BBC Radio 4, Radio 2 and on Soho Radio, where she co-hosts a show with India Knight. Sali will be talking about how women with an interest in fashion and beauty are routinely presumed to be stupid, shallow and vain and why this is not only inherently sexist but wilfully ignorant of how human beings live and think.

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    In 2008 Vashti met Deki, a Tibetan refugee who was living in poverty in Dharamsala. Vashti realised that she was stuck in a cycle of poverty with little hope of getting a job or starting business. After sending Deki money every month Vashti realised how disempowering this was for her. Vashti wanted to Deki to be able to stand on her own two feet and create her own income. This is when the Deki charity was born. Vashti and her team have raised over a million pounds and changed the lives of over 40,000 by giving them a hand up not a hand out. In this talk, Vashti will share her story and what she has learnt about creating opportunity and freedom both here and in the developing world. Vashti is an multi-award winning entrepreneur and founder of a million pound charity, turned coach for women who want to build a purpose-powered business. As a successful entrepreneur she’s gained some prestigious press and accolades, including Bristol and Bath’s ‘Business Woman of the Year’ and The Institute of Directors ‘SW Director of the Year’. Her university (UWE) has honoured her with an MBA.

    We live in troubled times where billions struggle every day and no one else is free from suffering. Gloomy though it sounds, pessimists have been shown to have a more realistic view of the world than optimists. But this need not be a recipe for depression. Julian will show how it is possible to be a cheerful pessimist, a cynical romantic, light in the darkness of the world.

    Philosopher Dr Julian Baggini is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 books including The Virtues of the Table, The Ego TrickFreedom Regained (all Granta) and, most recently, The Edge of Reason (Yale University Press) . He was the founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He has also appeared as a character in two Alexander McCall-Smith novels. His website is www.microphilosophy.net.

    Dr. Kate Lister is a researcher at Leeds Trinity University in historical attitudes to sexuality and sex work. She is the curator of the online project and popular Twitter account @WhoresofYore where she tweets the history of illicit sex and works to promote sex worker rights and challenge stigma to over 79,000 followers. The Whores of Yore project is unique in its aims to create a space for academics, artists, sex workers and activists to collect their research. Kate is on the board of the international sex work research hub and has published on the history of media narratives around sex work, the history of menstruation and sexual violence in historical dramas. Kate will be talking on the history of the word ‘cunt’ and how it has come to be regarded as the most offensive word in the English language.

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    Clover Stroud is a writer and journalist writing for the Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, and Conde Nast Traveller, among others. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and wrote The Wild Other while looking after her five children.

     At the age of sixteen, Clover Stroud’s mother had a catastrophic riding accident, and Clover’s incredibly happy family life fell apart. In the search for somewhere Clover new to call home, she galloped across England’s idyllic Cotswolds to boomtown Dublin and the traveller rave scene of Ireland in the 2000s, across the plains of Texas then finally to the war-torn South Caucasus of Russia. It is in an uplifting story of love and survival.



    5×15 is one of our Hosted Shows. We regularly host shows and events by emerging artists, local community, education and amateur groups that we are proud to support. We also regularly make the theatre available for fundraising nights for locally based charitable organisations.

    Volunteer Makers is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres in the community.



    • "A triumph"

      South Bristol Voice
    • "What better way to get your intellectual stimulation than in easy bite sized chunks?"

      Evening Standard magazine

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