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The Conversation – Creative Survival 

The Helen Bamber Foundation is excited to announce that this year its President, Emma Thompson, will be joined by Stephen Fry and Lyse Doucet, with a live musical performance by Nerina Pallot.

The evening will include conversations between special guests and the charity’s clients – survivors of trafficking and torture – exploring the theme of ‘Creative Survival.’

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Speaker Biographies

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is one of the world’s most respected talents for her versatility in acting as well as screenwriting. She is the sole artist thus far to have received an Academy Award for both acting and screenwriting. She has more than 75 acting and screenwriting credits including award winning roles in Howards End, The Remains of the Day, Nanny McPhee, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually and Saving Mr. Banks. Emma has been at the forefront of the Helen Bamber Foundation since it was established in 2005, first as Chair of Trustees and now as President. She co-curated “Journey,” an interactive art installation which used seven transport containers to illustrate the brutal and harrowing experiences of women sold into the sex trade.

Lyse Doucet

Lyse Doucet is the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent and senior presenter on BBC World TV and World Service Radio who reports across the BBC’s domestic and global outlets.

Lyse spent 15 years as a BBC foreign correspondent with postings in Jerusalem Amman, Islamabad, Tehran, Kabul and Abidjan.

Her awards include an OBE in the 2014 Queen’s Honours list for her services to broadcasting and the 2016 Columbia University Journalism Award for lifetime achievement.

Born in eastern Canada, Lyse has ten honorary doctorates from leading British and Canadian Universities, a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto, a BA Hons from Queen’s University in Kingston.

Lyse is an honorary patron of Canadian Crossroads International, and a  member of Friends of Aschiana UK which supports Afghan street children. She is also a founding member of the Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network, a Senior Fellow of Massey College of the University of Toronto, and a member of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round national treasure.

Fry’s acting roles include the lead in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television series Blackadder, the titular character in the television series Kingdom, a recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the crime series Bones, and as Gordon Deitrich in the dystopian thriller V for Vendetta, Mycroft Holmes in Warner’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Master of Laketown in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, and is also the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI. He played Prime Minister Alistair Davies in the 9th season of Fox TV’s 24: Live Another Day.

As a proudly out gay man, the award-winning Out There, documenting the lives of lesbian, bisexual gay and transgender people around the world is part of his thirty year advocacy of the rights of the LGBT community.

 As well as his work in television, Fry has contributed columns and articles for newspapers and magazines, appears frequently on radio, reads for voice-overs and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and his latest, More Fool Me.

A new sitcom for CBS, The Great Indoors, aired in both the US and UK in the spring of 2017.

Stephen’s new book, Mythos, his unique retelling of the Greek myths will be published in November 2017.


Nerina Pallot

Nerina is a British singer, songwriter and producer, who has released five albums and over a dozen EPs. She was nominated for British Female Solo Artist at the 2007 BRIT Awards and nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for “Sophia” in the category of ‘Best Song (musically and lyrically)’ in the same year. Besides her own material, Pallot has written songs for Kylie Minogue and Diana Vickers.