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, To Set Prometheus Free and The Challenge of Things. Grayling’s latest book, The Age of Genius, explores the 17th Century through its intellectual life.
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.