Audrey Brown is a South African journalist, curator and cultural commentator based in London. She presents the BBC World Service’s flagship morning programme to Africa: Network Africa. Her love of the continent and curiosity about the people of the world provide delightful conversations in the most unlikely places. Most recently she found out how hard it is to laugh and reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at the same time. She managed to do one and not the other. Audrey has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Wales and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and African History and Politics from Rhodes University in South Africa. She also has a diploma in film criticism and documentary film-making from Varan Institut, Cinema Direct in Paris.
"Of all the political and cultural festivals, none beats the Battle of Ideas for its eclecticism and willingness to invite controversial and absorbing debate."
John Kampfner, Chief executive, Index on Censorship; former editor, New Statesman