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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 7th Apr 2014
Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, the first transvestite potter to deliver the Reith Lectures, explores the meaning of art in this world-premier event for his book, Playing to the Gallery. Drawing on his life as an artist, Grayson Perry will take you on a riveting journey through the boundaries and tensions at the heart of modern art. How does the stuff we see in art galleries or the middle of roundabouts come to be made and valued? From the slippery subject of quality, to the problem of rebelling in a world that thrives on rebellion, and even confronting the tricky question of what can or can't be a work of art, this event will furnish you with essential tools with which to understand and appreciate art. Expect to be entertained, entranced, illuminated and provoked. “Perry is such a fantastic speaker: a performer with gags like a standup, but also a thinker with a point to make.” The Guardian
Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent. After university she worked for fifteen years as a primary-school teacher in London. Her first collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published in 1986. In 1987 she received a Cholmondeley Award for poetry and in 1995 the American Academy of Arts and Letters Michael Braude Award for light verse. She was awarded an OBE in 2010, and her most recent collection, Family Values, was published in 2011.
Claudia Roden was born and brought up in Cairo, and educated in Paris and in London, where she has lived for many years. Widely admired as both a great cook and a fine writer, she is world-renowned for authoring classic cookbooks, such as Arabesque and The Book of Jewish Food. Claudia meticulously researches each book and draws upon her Jewish heritage and extensive travelling to create comprehensive guides to some of the world’s greatest cuisines. Her works are universally respected and have garnered great praise and admiration from the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi, Ruth Rogers and Russell Norman. Her most recent book is the 25th anniversary edition of The Food of Italy, an authoritative and approachable guide to one of the world’s best-loved cuisines.
Horatio Clare was born in London, but grew up on a hill farm in the Black Mountains of South Wales. He is the bestselling author of two memoirs including Running for the Hills, which tells the story of his rural childhood and was the winner of the 2007 Somerset Maugham Award. He also wrote the travel book A Single Swallow – which follows the birds' migration from South Africa to the UK – and a novella, The Prince's Pen, a retelling of a Mabinogion tale. An award-winning journalist, occasional teacher, former radio producer, sometime broadcaster and Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool, Horatio writes regularly on nature for the Daily Telegraph and on travel for various international publications. His most recent book is Down to the Sea in Ships (2014).
Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, but came to England with her family when she was twelve after escaping the Nazis and travelling through Switzerland and France as a young girl. She wrote about her early life in her autobiographical trilogy Out of the Hitler Time. Judith studied at the Central School of Art and later worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. She married the celebrated screenwriter Nigel Kneale in 1954, and left the BBC to look after their two children Matthew and Tacy, who inspired her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. She is also famous for the Mog series of picture books about the Thomas’ family cat and the strange things she gets up to. Judith books have sold over 10 million copies. Judith lives in South London with her latest cat, Katinka. She received an OBE for services to literature and Holocaust education in 2012, and celebrated her 90th birthday in June 2013 with the publication Judith Kerr’s Creatures published by Harper Collins. Her most recent picture book is The Crocodile Under the Bed.