Acclaimed historian Jenny Uglow joins us to discuss her sumptuous new biography of Edward Lear, the celebrated poet and illustrator whose ‘nonsense’ popularised the limerick, and his times. From giving Queen Victoria drawing lessons to suffering from epilepsy and depression, Lear’s biographer will be with us to discuss the great man and what drew him to her.
Over the last 35 years, Victoria Crowe has established herself as one of Scotland’s leading painters whose work is instantly recognisable. Tying in with A Certain Light, an exhibition of her work at The Scottish Gallery this summer, Victoria discusses her work with Scotsman art critic Duncan Macmillan, who has literally written the book on the subject.
Simultaneously silly and serious, Tom Gauld adds a lightness to traditionally highbrow themes in Baking With Kafka. Timely, distinctive and droll, it’s not hard to see why he is one of the most celebrated cartoonists working today. Come and watch Tom draw and chat about his life in comics - an event to make you laugh and make you think.
From the tip of Cornwall to the Isle of Mull, Amber Massie-Blomfield takes the road less travelled to discover Britain’s most astonishing and unexpected theatres. A ruined playhouse, haunted halls, a stage hewn from granite cliffs. Will your favourite theatre be in there? Come and prepare for August’s plethora of festivals with this enchanting event, and fall in love with theatres all over again.