Keynote Speakers

Sarah Churchwell

SCA Professor of American Literature, Sarah Churchwell will be joining the School of Advanced Study, University of London, this autumn as Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities. She is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby, The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, and her literary journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Independent, Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Financial Times, New Statesman, TLS, New York Times Book Review, Prospect, and the Spectator,among many others. She comments regularly on arts, culture, and politics for UK television and radio, where appearances include Question Time, Review Show, and Newsnight, and has judged many literary prizes, including the Bailey’s (Orange) Prize for Fiction, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, and the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. She was a recipient of the Eccles Centre Writer in Residence award at the British Library for 2015.

Andrew O’Hagan

AOHAndrew O’Hagan is the author of The Illuminations, The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of his friend Marilyn Monroe, The Atlantic Ocean: Essays, Be Near Me, Our Fathers and Personality. In 2011, O’Hagan collaborated with Julian Assange as a ghostwriter on Assange’s abortive 2011 autobiography. He has twice been nominated for the Man Booker Prize, and has won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He is an Editor-At-Large for Esquire and the London Review of Books, as well as a Critic-At-Large for New York T Magazine. O’Hagan’s novel The Illuminations has been long-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.