Bestselling Author & Radio Comedian
Tony Hawks is a TV and radio comedian and bestselling author.
He is the author of the bestseller Round Ireland with a Fridge – the story of his absurd quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month… with a fridge. After being serialised on Radio 4, the book became a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller. It has now sold over 800,000 copies worldwide including the US and Australia, and has been translated into several languages; Hebrew, Italian, Dutch and German.
Tony has written four other books, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis (also serialised on BBC R4 and shortlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize (2000) for non-fiction writing and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (2000), One Hit Wonderland, A Piano in the Pyrenees, and The Fridgehiker’s Guide To Life.
His latest book, Once Upon A Time In The West…country, tells the story of how he and his partner Fran uproot from London and settle in a small Devonian village, and attempt to integrate themselves. It is released in March 2015.
He has appeared frequently on TV comedy programmes such as, Have I Got News For You, They Think It’s All Over, and more recently QI. In the past he made numerous TV appearances including A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Red Dwarf.
Tony is a regular guest on radio 4’s top comedy programmes Just a Minute, and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and The Unbelievable Truth.
Tony is a regular after dinner speaker at corporate events up and down the country and his warm, dry style and aptitude for ad-libbing makes him a popular choice as a host for award ceremonies. He hosted The British Book Awards (The Nibbies) for three consecutive years, as well as numerous others.
He recently produced and starred in the film versions of his two books Round Ireland With A Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis – the latter of which is donating all profits to The Tony Hawks Centre for children with cerebral palsy in Chisinau, Moldova.
Born and raised in Turkey, Pinar Ogun, began her career as an actress in the feature film ‘Borrowed Bride’ directed by one of Turkey’s most renowned directors Atif Yilmaz, while she was training at the Music and Performing Arts Faculty of Bilkent University in Ankara.
In 2006, she moved to London to continue her acting training at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). During her stay in the UK, she worked with Robert Pacitti in his live art piece ‘The Finale’, which portrayed the real life of Yvonne Blanc in Charlotte Delbo’s play ‘Who Will Carry The Word’ and played the lead in David Edgar’s ‘Pentecost’. She took part in a feature film ‘Resurrecting the Streetwalker’ directed by Ozgur Uyanik. As well as ‘Closed Circuit’ directed by John Crowley.
After starring the life story of a famous Turkish doctor, Turkan Saylan, who cured leprosy in Turkey, Pinar shot videos for music bands abroad as well as some awareness virals. While she continued working as an actress in many other projects, both on stage and screen, she also self taught how to draw storyboards, shoot and edit.
In the meantime she took to the stage as the lead role in the musical play ‘Mi Minor’ written by Meltem Arikan, which the Turkish authorities claimed was a rehearsal for the Istanbul Gezi Park demonstrations in 2013. The subsequent hate campaign forced her to leave Turkey to start living a new life in Wales.
Since settling in the UK, Pinar took part in ‘New Tricks’ on BBC One directed by Brian Grant and in a Mini TV series, ‘Partners in Crime’, directed by Ed Hall.
‘Exhibit’, written by Meltem Arikan, is Pinar’s first short film as a director.
Pinar met Tariq through writer Hannah Khalil after she performed in her latest critically acclaimed play “Scenes From 68 Years” at the Areola Theatre. When Tariq introduced LABF to Pinar, she felt that this was the adventure she has been looking for.
Pinar’s first hand experience of losing the feeling of being free in her home country of Turkey, makes her a passionate advocate for Let’s All Be Free’s message.
Jasvinder Sanghera CBE
British born survivor of a forced marriage and founder of Karma Nirvana now a leading award winning national Charity that hosts the UK national dedicated Helpline supporting all victims and professionals seeking support in cases of forced marriages and honour abuse.
Author of the best-selling book Shame, Jasvinder tells her story of terrible oppression, and harrowing struggle against a punitive code of honour-and final triumph over adversity. Further books Daughters of Shame and Shame Travels have been cited as helping shift attitudes, shape policy and practice in the UK.
Jasvinder is celebrated as an outstanding inspirational speaker that moves a complex subject into one which is clearly understood, speaking with great conviction about her personal story and passionately about the realities of the issues.
Awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) December 2014, in recognition for her outstanding contribution to victims of forced marriages and honour based abuse. Jasvinder is regarded as a leading national & international expert and tirelessly champions work across various sectors including Government departments and Inquires.
An established contributor to various media networks including a recent contribution to Radio 4-Desert Island Disc in which she documents her journey through chosen music. An Expert Advisor to the Courts and Independent Reviews providing expert evidence and cultural risk assessments, reports and acting Chair for Domestic Homicide Reviews.
Jasvinder’ s evidence has been tested in the Court of Appeal case of B-M Children 2009 and Lord Justice Wall cited extensively from this evidence stating it to be ‘impressive, compelling and how she speaks from the professional experience of being involved in numerous cases.
The Prime Minister has on number occasions quoted Jasvinder stating how ‘she turned his head on the issues’ and subsequently created a criminal offence of forced marriage 2014.
2009 Awarded Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby in recognition for having achieved eminence in the field of forced marriages and honour related abuse and brought the issues to the fore within the wider community and shaped the national agenda.
Jasvinder has received numerous awards including Woman of the year, Pride of Britain and awarded one of The World’s top 100 Inspirational Individuals in the Guardian list.