A.C. Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College; he is a philosopher and author of several books including The Good Book, Ideas That Matter and To Set Prometheus Free. Grayling’s latest book, The Challenge of Things, is a collection of his recent essays on the effect of war and conflict on the world.
For several years Grayling wrote the ‘Last Word’ column for the Guardian newspaper and a column for the Times. He regularly contributes to literary magazines and papers around the world and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service.
In addition, he sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals and is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council for the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Grayling was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world.
He has served as a judge for the Man Booker Prize, the Art Fund Prize and the Wellcome Book Prize and was the chairman of the 2014 Man Booker Prize.