MAC MACARTNEY   Mac is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He is also the founder of the centre for leadership and learning, Embercombe.  Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders. During this training and ever since, he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world-view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the significant challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.  Mac is an Associate with Leaders’ Quest, working with business, government and civil society across South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, India and the UK.  With a successful career as a leadership development consultant, Mac speaks to people from all walks of life, reaching large corporates and grassroots groups alike. He sits on the Advisory Board for DanoneWave, the largest public benefit corporation in the U.S. and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education for his work in service to the community. He has delivered four compelling TEDx talks.  Mac seeks to inspire the emergence of the leader in each of us, the leader who will take courageous action for a better world.

MAC MACARTNEY

Mac is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He is also the founder of the centre for leadership and learning, Embercombe.

Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders. During this training and ever since, he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world-view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the significant challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

Mac is an Associate with Leaders’ Quest, working with business, government and civil society across South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, India and the UK.

With a successful career as a leadership development consultant, Mac speaks to people from all walks of life, reaching large corporates and grassroots groups alike. He sits on the Advisory Board for DanoneWave, the largest public benefit corporation in the U.S. and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education for his work in service to the community. He has delivered four compelling TEDx talks.

Mac seeks to inspire the emergence of the leader in each of us, the leader who will take courageous action for a better world.

  DR VAYU NAIDU   Dr Vayu Naidu is a Performance Storyteller and Novelist  living in London and Chennai. Her work with mental health and migration and in HM Prisons as well as currently with Vulnerable women in Thrive : Horticultural therapy uniquely impresses emotive intelligence in healing and aesthetics. Vayu Naidu Storytelling Theatre funded by Arts Council England (2000-2013) toured internationally with Contemporary Music and world musicians, Theatre and Dance exploring and traditional and new identities in transition.  Her novel: SITA'S ASCENT (Penguin 2013) was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Award. THE SARI OF SURYA VILAS  (Speaking Tiger 2017; Affirmpress Australia), was launched at the bicentennial celebration of Presidency University, Kolkatha and went on to Zee JLf, Mountain Echoes Bhutan, Byron Writers Festival and Melbourne Australia, Mumbai Times Lit Fest and now at NBT's Brahmaputra Lit Fest.  Understanding the molecules of diversity and creative channels of expression is the foundation and axis of her work.  She is a Research Associate at SO.  Her forthcoming novel bridges significances between historical documentation and lived history.

DR VAYU NAIDU

Dr Vayu Naidu is a Performance Storyteller and Novelist  living in London and Chennai. Her work with mental health and migration and in HM Prisons as well as currently with Vulnerable women in Thrive : Horticultural therapy uniquely impresses emotive intelligence in healing and aesthetics. Vayu Naidu Storytelling Theatre funded by Arts Council England (2000-2013) toured internationally with Contemporary Music and world musicians, Theatre and Dance exploring and traditional and new identities in transition.

Her novel: SITA'S ASCENT (Penguin 2013) was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Award. THE SARI OF SURYA VILAS

(Speaking Tiger 2017; Affirmpress Australia), was launched at the bicentennial celebration of Presidency University, Kolkatha and went on to Zee JLf, Mountain Echoes Bhutan, Byron Writers Festival and Melbourne Australia, Mumbai Times Lit Fest and now at NBT's Brahmaputra Lit Fest.

Understanding the molecules of diversity and creative channels of expression is the foundation and axis of her work.

She is a Research Associate at SO.

Her forthcoming novel bridges significances between historical documentation and lived history.

  LINDA PROUD   Linda Proud writes historical fiction and is author of the critically acclaimed A Tabernacle for the Sun (1997), the first part of ‘The Botticelli Trilogy’, recognised by Lonely Planet Guides as the best historical fiction set in Florence. She has published ten books including four novels and one work of collected stories for children.   Awards for her writing include a Southern Arts bursary in 1996, a Hawthornden fellowship in 1998, an indieBRAG award and Quagga prize for literary fiction. 2018 sees the publication of Chariot of the Soul, a story set in AD 43, the year the Romans invaded Britain.   She sees lessons we can learn from this particular episode in history. Once again we are living in a world that pays scant regard to nature and the sacredness of land and waters. Among her activist friends she detects despair. If in the fight to protect our land, we are going to lose, what then can we do?  After the druids were destroyed, stories were collected in the shadow of the Roman-Christian world to erupt later in epics such as the Mabinogion and the Tain Bo Cuailnge. She advocates a ‘seed bank of the soul’ where once again we collect knowledge, music and stories to save the past for the future.    

LINDA PROUD

Linda Proud writes historical fiction and is author of the critically acclaimed A Tabernacle for the Sun (1997), the first part of ‘The Botticelli Trilogy’, recognised by Lonely Planet Guides as the best historical fiction set in Florence. She has published ten books including four novels and one work of collected stories for children. 

Awards for her writing include a Southern Arts bursary in 1996, a Hawthornden fellowship in 1998, an indieBRAG award and Quagga prize for literary fiction. 2018 sees the publication of Chariot of the Soul, a story set in AD 43, the year the Romans invaded Britain. 

She sees lessons we can learn from this particular episode in history. Once again we are living in a world that pays scant regard to nature and the sacredness of land and waters. Among her activist friends she detects despair. If in the fight to protect our land, we are going to lose, what then can we do?

After the druids were destroyed, stories were collected in the shadow of the Roman-Christian world to erupt later in epics such as the Mabinogion and the Tain Bo Cuailnge. She advocates a ‘seed bank of the soul’ where once again we collect knowledge, music and stories to save the past for the future.