5 x Reasons to love 5 x 15

If you live in London (or Bristol where 5 x 15 is up and running) and want to keep your finger on the pulse and know who’s saying, thinking, writing, painting, designing, researching, inventing, filming, photographing or doing what, then 5 x 15  is for you.

The brainchild of Rosie Boycott, 50+ legendary founder of Spare Rib, her daughter, Daisy Leitch and Eleanor O’Keeffe, 5 x 15 lays on talks and events with the world’s most exciting cultural and academic figures.

5 reasons we love 5 x 15:

  1. Short is Sweet

The beauty of most of their events is that they involve five speakers who each talk for just 15 minutes.  It’s a traditional feature of a 5 x 15 evening that time is controlled by Rosie Boycott herself with a sand timer.   This means talks are pithy, honed and never have time to be boring.

  1. On the Pulse

5 x 15 explores the most topical subjects from seeking asylum to is there life on Mars?

  1. Celebrity Speakers

5 x 15 regularly invites globally famous speakers.  To name 10 in 2016 alone:  Cheryl Strayed, Tina Brown, Andrew Solomon, Simon Callow, Zandra Rhodes, Mark Haddon, Neil MacGregor, Ruby Wax, Simon Sebag-Montefiore and Imelda Staunton.

  1. You Heard It Here First

5 x 15 has kick-started the rise to fame of many an author – giving them their 15 minutes to launch their book, like Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk. James Rebanks, author of A Shepherd’s Life, famously brought some of his sheep down to the Tabernacle in Notting Hill for the night when he was interviewed for 5 x 15 by Rory Cellan-Jones.

  1. Memorable Events

This year Emma Watson interviewed Gloria Steinem, Jeremy Corbyn met his inspiration, Ben Okri, for the first time on stage, ‘The Food Fight’ saw Jamie Oliver, A.A. Gill, George Monbiot, Philip James and Michael Mosley arguing about food at the Royal Geographical Society and in January, 5 x 15 laid on an event in aid of the Women’s Equality Party with Jo Brand, Tanya Moodie and Caitlin Moran to support founders Catherine Mayer and Sandi Toksvig.

High50 readers receive a discount of 10% on all tickets. Please use the code HIGH50 as a promotional code when you book through their website.

Here’s what’s coming up:

  1. TED SENSATION SIMON SINEK : Together is Better 

Tuesday 1st November at 8.45 a.m.

Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW

A special breakfast talk with Simon Sinek global bestselling author and third-largest TED speaker in history – his TED talk on ‘Why – the Purpose, Cause or Belief that Inspires You to Do What You Do’ has been viewed over 27 million times.

  1. ALIENS ARE COMING : Science from the Other Side

Wednesday, 9th November at 7.00 p.m.

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

5 x 15 with science writer and broadcaster, Dr. Adam Rutherford, research scientist, presenter and author, Professor Lewis Dartnell, actor, writer and presenter, Dallas Campbell, UK Space Agency Aurora Research Fellow, astrobiologist, planetary biologist and author, Louisa Preston and broadcaster, author and physics professor Jim Al-Kahlili.

  1. THE CONVERSATION : Seeking Asylum

Thursday 8th December at 7.00 p.m.

Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW

A conversation on seeking asylum with BBC’s Chief International  Correspondent, Lyse Doucet, Radio Four Today presenter, James Naughtie, broadcaster and writer, Fergal Keane and actress, Emma Thompson.