Francesca Martinez

Multi-award-winning Francesca Martinez is the first and only woman to win the Open Mic Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and has since become one of the top comedians of her generation. As well as touring internationally with sell-out runs around the world, Francesca is a TV and radio regular, making popular appearances on such varied programmes as The News Quiz, Russell Howard’s Good News, The Jonathan Ross Show, The Frank Skinner Show, Ricky Gervais’s Extras (in a role written specially for her), Newsnight, This Week, Free Speech (where she was voted most popular guest) and Channel 4 News. Currently, Francesca is in the middle of a 55-date UK/Ireland tour of her ward-winning show, also called ‘WHAT THE **** IS NORMAL?!’, which has just been nominated for Best Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013 – the UK’s largest comedy festival.

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The Magic Hour

“Reading a poem gives us a glimpse of past and future possibilities, other worlds and other lives. It makes a gift of unfamiliar words, and refreshes parts of the mind that other art forms cannot reach…”   Charlotte Moore, a writer and former English teacher, has loved poems all her life. Last year, realising how […]

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An Artificial Revolution

Insightful and thought-provoking, AN ARTIFICIAL REVOLUTION is a much-needed primer on the intersection of technology and geopolitical forces shaping the future of civilisation. Ivana Bartoletti’s riveting analysis of the current AI landscape, its potential and its pitfalls, is essential reading for us all. Think of AI and it conjures up futuristic images of driverless cars […]

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How To Be a Buddhist Millionaire

All of us instinctively know that there is more to life than money. But how can we do anything to change this when faced with the daily pressures of bills and deadlines?  In How to be a Buddhist Millionaire, Matt Jardine provides 9 simple lessons to help us find fulfilment in a money-centric world. He aims […]

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