In a varied career that has taken her from teenage Telegraph columnist to European Poker Tour event winner, Victoria has written plays, books and columns on everything from language to adult films. A panel show regular she has presented Have I Got News For You, films on art and Mary Poppins, and continues to front the cryptic quiz Only Connect.



Victoria Coren Mitchell is a writer, broadcaster, presenter and former professional poker player. As well as regular appearances on panel shows and a range of newspaper and magazine columns, she is the host of one of the toughest quizzes on television, BBC2’s Only Connect.

Starting her journalism career as a teenager after responding to a Telegraph ad for young writers, Victoria became a freelancer after university writing columns, articles and reviews. She adapted John Diamond’s columns into the critically acclaimed play A Lump in my Throat, and wrote two books before joining the professional poker circuit. She became the first woman to win a European Poker Tour event, and the first player to win two European Main Events. She has commentated and presented poker on TV, and wrote about her experiences in the book
For Richer, For Poorer: Confessions of a Player.

Victoria has also fronted programmes on radio and TV including Balderdash And Piffle (about language and the history of words) and Radio 4’s Heresy (about defying conventional thinking), as well as documentaries and films on surrealist art, language and Mary Poppins. A panel show regular she has been both guest and host on Have I Got News For You, and appeared on QI, Room 101, Question Time, This Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and Would I Lie To You.


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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

We were joined at 87 Barts Close by three brilliant speakers on a panel that delved into the complex world of Artificial Intelligence. Over the hour our panellists de-mystified AI, speaking about AI’s immense promise for enhancing our lives, alongside the apprehension it has generated regarding job security, privacy infringement, and ethical considerations.


87 Barts Close, 87 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7EB


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, Julia Gillard, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, London