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Sigrid Rausing

Philanthropist, Anthropologist & Publisher
Granta Magazine, Granta Books & Portobello Books

Join Sigrid Rausing, Swedish Philanthropist, Anthropologist & Publisher of Granta magazine, Granta Books and Portobello Books, the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce and Dulwich Books, as they discuss a range of topics from running a publishing company, to running one of the UK’s largest philanthropic foundations, to Sigrid’s latest book Mayhem, shortlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Prize, and to literary festival Festival America which celebrates writing from across the Americas and is coming to London in September 2018 with a focus on Canadian authors.

Thursday 10 May 2018

The Hall at St. Botolph-without-Bishopsgate
London EC2M 3TL

18:00 - 18:40     Welcome drinks & registration
18:40 - 19:45    Introductions, address and Q&A
19:45 - 20:30     Networking

Members: £15 + VAT                              Non-Members: £30 + VAT


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About Sigrid Rausing

Sigrid Rausing is a Swedish philanthropist, anthropologist and publisher. She is the owner of Granta magazine, Granta Books and Portobello Books, and the founder of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, one of the UK’s largest philanthropic foundations.

Sigrid Rausing's book Mayhem (Penguin, £18.99) is shortlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Prize. Granta 141 is a special issue on Canada.

In 1993-4 she lived on a collective farm in Estonia doing fieldwork for a PhD in Social Anthropology at University College London, followed by a two-year honorary fellowship in the same department. Her book, History, Memory and Identity in Post Soviet Estonia: the End of a Collective Farm, was published in 2004 by Oxford University Press, preceded by a number of scholarly articles in a range of academic journals.

In 2005 Sigrid co-founded Portobello Books with her husband, film and theatre producer Eric Abraham, and the publisher Philip Gwyn Jones. The same year she bought Granta Publications from the New York publisher, Rea Hederman. 

She is a member of the jury of the Per Anger Prize for human rights defenders, and the Order of the Teaspoon, a Swedish organisation working against political and religious extremism. She was a judge of the Amnesty Media Awards in 2009 and 2010. She is a trustee of Charleston, the former home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. She serves on the advisory board of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and is an Emeritus member of the international board of Human Rights Watch. In 2010 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics.

About Granta Books

Granta Books is one of the most independent-minded and prestigious literary publishers in the UK. The company publishes around 25 new titles a year, both literary fiction and upmarket non-fiction, and provides authors with the intimacy of a small, passionate and creative team while consistently punching above its weight in review coverage, prizes, cultural impact and sales.

About the Venue

St. Botolph-without-Bishopsgate

The old church was demolished in 1725, and the present church, the fourth on this site, was completed in 1729 to the designs of James Gould, under the supervision of George Dance. It is aisled and galleried in the classic style, and is unique among the City churches in having its tower at the East End, with the chancel underneath. The font, pulpit and organ all date from the eighteenth century.


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Event Date: 10 May 2018, 18.00
Event End Date: 10 May 2018, 20.30
Members Price £15 + VAT
Non Members Price £30 + VAT

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