Robert Elms in Conversation With


Robert Elms writer & radio talk show host for BBC London 94.9.

Robert Elms writer & radio talk show host for BBC London 94.9.

Living for the City is a series of talks hosted by BBC broadcaster Robert Elms and looks at life within our city. This year Robert will be in conversation with five influential female role models in aspirational industries and their importance in shaping the landscape.  urban village fete will celebrate these women and the great things they have achieved.

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Alison Brooks

Architect & Creative Director

Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of Alison Brooks Architects London is recognised as one of the leading architects of her generation. Since establishing ABA in 1996 her work has attracted international acclaim for its conceptual rigour, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing. Named by the Sunday Times as one of Britain’s 500 Most Influential people, Alison Brooks is the only UK architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture.



Poet, Curator & Facilitator

She was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship in 2015. Her poems have featured in Magma, The London Magazine and The Honest Ulsterman. She Assistant Tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, and is the leader of Octavia – poetry collective for women of colour at Southbank Centre, London.  Octavia have featured on BBC World Service, performed at Women of the World and The London Literature Festival, and have run poetry workshops at Oxford University and for The Serpentine Galleries




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Co-Director at Design Museum

Alice Black graduated from ESSEC Business School in France and began her career in banking in New York. Formerly Head of Strategy and Planning at the Imperial War Museum and Curator of the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, she has in-depth knowledge of museums’ strategic and operational issues. In September 2007, she was appointed Deputy Director of the Design Museum, with a brief to develop audiences and increase self-generated income.


Documentary Director and Producer

Daisy-May Hudson is a documentary director and producer and has been awarded as one of BAFTA’s breakthrough Brits for her work. Having never made a film before, Daisy began making feature documentary Half Way (2013) whilst graduating as a coping mechanism. Whilst living in the hostel, Daisy began working at VICE UK from 2013-2016 shortly after, climbing the ranks to become a core member of the team producing and directing films for VICE and noisey. Her directorial debut at VICE Iceman, was nominated for a Lovie Award and received critical acclaim. Daisy has a keen eye for observational documentary and values the great responsibility of telling someone’s story and recognises the impact this has on political and social narratives.

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CEO at MTArt

An advocate for artists since a young age, Marine managed her first gallery at age 21, opened her first art gallery in Los Angeles at age 23 and finally created her current business, MTArt, to promote the artists she believed in across the globe. MTArt is the first artist agency promoting a select group of visual artists and specialising in financing, growing and accelerating their careers. Marine is a thought leader, writer and frequent speaker on contemporary art.