[Hisham Matar] in The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House
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Writers’ Talks in The Courtauld Gallery
Selected Wednesdays and Thursdays from 20 November
Philip Pullman, Hisham Matar, Julia Neuberger,
Colm Tóibín, Jackie Kay and Gillian Beer
Ruth Padel, Writer in Residence at Somerset House, invites six eminent writers to talk
about their favourite painting in The Courtauld Gallery. Each writer has chosen a
painting from The Courtauld’s world famous permanent collection and will give their
personal responses in front of the work itself.
The programme is initiated by Ruth Padel as part of her residency at Somerset House.
Padel said: I wanted to hear other writers, people whose professional life depends on
listening to their own imagination, responding to these paintings, not in art historical
ways but personally and imaginatively. I wondered if this might shed interesting light
on what a great art gallery is for.
The six chosen writers represent an incredible range of expertise and experience;
award winning author Philip Pullman is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy;
Hisham Matar’s debut novel In the Country of Old Men was short-listed for the Man
Booker prize and won the Ondaatji Prize in 2006; Baroness Neuberger DBE is a
rabbi and author of several books on Judaism, women, healthcare, ethics and care for
the dying; Colm Tóibín is a multi award winning novelist and critic whose novels The
Blackwater Lightship and The Master were short-listed for the Booker Prize; Scottish
poet and novelist Jackie Kay’s latest book of poems is Darling: New and Selected
Poems (2007) and literary critic Dame Gillian Beer, a fellow of the British Academy,
has written authoritative works on Virginia Woolf and George Elliot.
20 November 2008
Philip Pullman on Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, (1881-1882)
26 November 2008
Hisham Matar on Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Adam and Eve, (1526)
4 December 2008
Julia Neuberger on Camille Pissarro’s Lordship Lane Station, (1871)
10 December 2008
Colm Tóibín on Paul Cézanne’s Route Tournante, (1902-1906)
15 January 2009
Jackie Kay on Edgar Degas’ Woman at a Window, (1871-1872) and Lady with a
21 January 2009
Gillian Beer on Vanessa Bell’s A Conversation, (1913-1916)
All talks take place at 5.30pm for approximately 20 minutes.
Venue: The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London.
The ticket price includes all-day entrance to The Courtauld Gallery on the day of the
talk, plus a glass of wine at the book signing event after the talk.
Tickets: £20 (£15 students & unwaged)
Book tickets online via www.somersethouse.org.uk
or call 0844 847 2317 (booking with Ticketmaster)
Tom Coupe, Head of Press, Somerset House Trust
+ 44 (0) 20 7845 4610, firstname.lastname@example.org
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