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Jane Clarke, BSc (Honours) SRD, is Britain’s most trusted Nutritionist and a trained Cordon Bleu Chef, whose belief is grounded in the simple statement that “food nourishes your life, not just your body”.
Jane’s mission is to change people’s lives through the power of nourishment.
As a qualified Dietician, Jane spearheads Nutrition and Dietetic practices in London and Leicester advising some of Britain’s leading sportspeople and many of the world’s biggest actors, music and media personalities, whilst also continuing to treat young children, teenagers and adults with health problems such as diabetes, IBS, dementia, depression.
Jane runs a specialist cancer and dementia nutrition practice in Marylebone, where she treats patients referred by GPs, consultants, carers and relatives.
Jane was David Beckham’s Personal Dietician & Nutritionist during the 2006 World Cup, whilst also advising him and his team at his Football Training Academy.
Her books include the best selling series “Jane Clarke’s Bodyfoods”, Yummy! A Children’s Nutritional Guide, Yummy Baby, Nourish and Complete Family Nutrition.
She is also a regular contributor on British Television including all the major networks. She has written for The Daily Mail, Observer, London Times and The Mail on Sunday. She was the Nutritional Consultant working alongside Jamie Oliver, on his groundbreaking television series Jamie’s School Dinners and Jamie's co-presenter on Eat to Save Your Life!
"Jane Clarke is an exceptional nutritionist. She loves food and she’s a great cook – what a tiger!" – Jamie Oliver
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis was appointed the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety in November 2014.
Vytenis Andriukaitis was born on 9 August 1951 in Kyusyur in Siberia, where his family was deported in 1941 from Lithuania. He returned to Lithuania in 1957 together with his mother and two brothers. His father was permitted to return one year later.
Andriukaitis went on to graduate from medical school in 1975 and had been a practicing surgeon, gaining specialisation in cardiovascular surgery in 1989, for more than 20 years. He also holds a degree in History from Vilnius University acquired in 1984.
From 1969 onwards the Commissioner was active in the anti-Soviet movement, while his political career began already in 1976. In 1990 Andriukaitis was elected to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania which preceded Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament), and was a co-author and a signatory of the Independence Act of Lithuania on 11 March 1990. Vytenis Andriukaitis was also one of the co-authors of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992, and one of the founders of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party.
Andriukaitis was a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament for six terms. During that time he served as a Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, including during the accession to the EU in 2004; as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee; as a Vice- and later President of Social Democratic Party; and as a Deputy Speaker of the Parliament. The Commissioner was also the Head of the Lithuanian delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe. From 2012 to 2014 Vytenis Andriukaitis was a Minister for Health in the Lithuanian Government.
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Alan Dempsey, Minch Malt, malting company, Athy, Co. Kildare
Alan Dempsey is the Craft Malting and Brewing Manager at Minch Malt, Ireland’s oldest malt producer, who have been producing the highest quality malt from some of the country’s best barley since 1847.
Alan has extensive brewing knowledge with over 14 years’ brewing experience and is a 2nd generation Master Brewer and winner of the JS Hough Award in 2013
Ale malt is his favourite because, as he puts it, “it makes up for more than 80% of the grist of most Irish craft beers and is so underrated!”. Porters and ales are his go to styles of beer but when the occasion calls for a whiskey, make sure it’s Irish, thanks very much.
Minch Malt have recently added the Hook Head series. This is a 100% Irish malting barley exclusively grown in the Ring of Hook Peninsula, Co Wexford by a number of specialist growers, many of whom are third or fourth generation malting barley growers. “Hook Head Malt has unique character, not to be found anywhere else in Ireland, due to the favourable composition of the region’s costal soils. This is specifically tailored by our maltsters for the needs of the craft brewer.”

Food for Good with - Ellie Kisyombe and Michelle Darmody will be talking with Jim Carroll as part of the Banter Series at Litfest17


Banter with Jim Carroll: Food for Good - Ellie Kisyombe and Michelle Darmody Sunday 22nd May 12.00-12.45

David Puttnam is the chair of Atticus Education, an online education company based in Ireland. Atticus, through a unique arrangement with BT Ireland, delivers interactive seminars on film and a variety of other subjects to educational institutions around the world.

David spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle.   His films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D'Or at Cannes.  From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. 

He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries.  

In 1998 he founded the National Teaching Awards, which he chaired until 2008, also serving as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council from 2000 to 2002.   

From July 2002 to July 2009 he was president of UNICEF UK, engaging with issues as diverse as water security and child trafficking. 

In October 2013 David stepped down as Chancellor of the Open University a post he was appointed to in 2006, following ten years as Chancellor of The University of Sunderland.    

He is the Republic of Ireland's Digital Champion; President of the Film Distributors’ Association; Chair of the TSL Advisory Board; Chair of the Academic Board, Pearson College; a UNICEF Ambassador, and Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork. 

He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television (2006 - 2012) and The Sage Gateshead (2007- 2012), founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Chair of both the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television and the National Film and Television School for ten years. 

He has also served as a trustee of the Tate Gallery, the Science Museum, the Thomson Foundation and a great number of other organisations. 

In 2007 he was appointed Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill, having performed the same role on the 2002 Communications Bill.  

He has been Chairman of two Hansard Society Commission Reports on the relationship between Parliament and the Public and has served as a non-executive director on a number of public companies.

David was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995, and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997.  In France he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1985, becoming an Officer in 1992, and a Commander in 2006.  

He has been the recipient of more than 40 honorary degrees from Universities in the UK and overseas.

In 2012 he was appointed the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

In 2016 he was appointed as International Ambassador for WWF.


Twitter: @DPuttnam

SUMAYYA USMANI is a writer and cookery teacher based in Glasgow, Scotland. She specialises in the cuisine of Pakistan and travels regularly to her homeland. Sumayya teaches Pakistani cookery at various schools across the UK and her debut book Summers Under the Tamarind Tree won the Best First Cookbook category in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

'This book is a treasure' - Madhur Jaffrey

It was also shortlisted for the Food & Travel Awards 2016, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2016, and was voted a cookbook of the year in many publications including The Guardian, Independent, Irish Times and Sunday Herald. Sumayya advocates cooking by "andaza", (sensory and estimation cooking), which is how she learnt to cook from her mother and grandmothers from a very young age.

She appears frequently in the media online, in print and on television, and is a co-presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s The Kitchen Café.

I was born and raised on a mixed farm in Doneraile, Co. Cork.
I studied science at Trinity and completed a masters in Zoology in 2005. Following this I took 6 months out and cycled 14,500km from Dublin to Capetown. On returning I studied commercial organic horticulture with Jim Cronin in Killaloe. On our farm in Doneraile, Co. Cork, I began producing organic meat, fruit and vegetables for sale to in the Coal Quay Market and also supplied restaurants in Cork City. The farm now has 6 acres of horticulture, a 4 acre orchard, beef cattle, sheep and geese.
My aim is to diversify our farm activities on a small scale to explore what systems work best, spread the risks and expand our product range.
Derval O’Rourke is a former professional athlete who has held the title of World Champion in sprint hurdles and competed for Ireland in three Olympic Games. She has also picked up four European Championship medals and holds the Irish record for sprint hurdles.
After her third Olympics in London 2012 it was time for a break. Derval then decided to sign up to cookery school and says it was one of the best decisions she has ever made. She learned loads and even ran her fastest time in seven years a couple of months after cookery school! Derval blended both her passion for cooking and her experience on the track to write her No1 bestselling cookbook “Food for the Fast Lane”
In 2014 she decided to hang up her spikes for good after 12 amazing years competing at the highest level in world athletics. Derval also spent 2 years working in professional rugby for Irupa with Munster rugby and her food and fitness business with the launch of her 2nd cookbook “The Fit Foodie”. Derval is now full time building her Fit Foodie business and works along side great partners who share the same values.
Fit Foodies with Derval O'Rourke in The Garden Tent- 13.00-13.45
“Cuilan Loughnane is to Irish craft brewing as Myrtle Allen is to Irish food: the hero of locality” John and Sally McKenna Guide
The White Gypsy brewery was established in 2009 by Cuilan in Templemore, Co. Tipperary
Cuilan says “At the White Gypsy Brewery, we make good beer. Our long- term aim is to make that good beer from malt and hops grown locally and to sell as much of that beer, within 40 miles of the brewery door. We believe that for any community to be a stable environment in which people can live, work and have the prospect of a future, there needs to some degree of sustainability.
And what could be more sustainable than the food we eat or the beer we drink. The more we produce that’s closer to home, the closer the money stays to home. People’s lives improve and the sense of well-being increases leading to strong, vibrant communities. It’s about taking control of our future one small step at a time”
White Gypsy's Russian Imperial Stout won the first ever Irish Drink Award for beer from the Irish Food Writers' Guild - "Described as ‘a brewer’s brewer’, Cuilan is the new Chairman of the Independent Craft Brewers Association of Ireland. Cuilan opened Templemore’s White Gypsy brewery in 2009 with 12 years of craft brewing under his belt. He has actively supported newcomers to the sector, is growing Irish hops and has worked closely with Kildare-based maltsters to develop a malt to Irish craft beer specification. Cuilan takes pride in being the longest-serving hands-on Irish craft brewer.

Aoibheann O’Brien, is co-founder of FoodCloud and CEO of FoodCloud Hubs which provides innovative solutions for surplus food for the food industry. Before becoming a successful and recognised social entrepreneur, Aoibheann worked as an investment banker in London.

Aoibheann has been recognised for her efforts with awards, including the SEI Impact Award, Ben and Jerry's Join Our Core Winner and the 2016 Green Awards.

Aoibheann has a BA in Law and Accounting and an MSc in Environmental Science.


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