John Holmes reinterprets the most influential art movement of the Victorian era and explores how the painters, poets, sculptors and architects of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood including John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Rossetti, Alfred Waterhouse, Ford Madox Ford and William Morris exchanged ideas with scientists and collaborated to create new forms of scientific art.
‘a stimulating book…impeccable editing and design.’ Art Newspaper
John Holmes is Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Birmingham. He is author of Darwin’s Bards and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Late Victorian Sonnet Sequence.
This event is sponsored by Draycott Books Tel: 01386 841392 2 Sheep Street Chipping Campden
Fans of The Crown, after a relaxing two-course lunch with glass of wine, Andrew Lownie, who gave a wonderful talk on Guy Burgess* in 2016, introduces Edwina, richest woman in Britain and socialite who enjoyed numerous affairs; and Louis with new information on his role in 1942 Dieppe Raid and Indian independence, and his murder. Plus Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Salvador Dali, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire…
A Sunday Times best-seller and ‘a page turner which is also a carefully researched work of history’ Spectator Andrew Lownie, FRHS; former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge; trustee of the Campaign for Freedom of Information; and President of The Biographers Club, has run his own literary agency since 1988. He has written for the Times, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Spectator and Guardian. Other books: John Buchan and *Stalin’s Englishman
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Reservations with Cotswold House Hotel only Tel: 01386 840330
Ticket includes free entry to Court Barn Museum + exhibition
Mary Greensted presents a biography of Ernest Gimson (1864–1919) and an analysis of his work as an architect and designer of furniture, metalwork, plaster decoration, embroidery, and more. In London in the 1880s he joined the circle around William Morris at the Art Workers’ Guild and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He later opened workshops in the Cotswolds and established a reputation for distinctive style and superb quality. Gimson’s work speaks directly to on going debates about the role of craft in the modern world.
Mary Greensted has worked at Cheltenham Art Gallery and been curator and deputy director at Cheltenham Museum. She is Chairman of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen and author of The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain.
With thanks to Court Barn Museum Church St Chipping Campden Summer opening: Tues to Sun 10am – 5pm
Doors open 6.30pm TOKE’S Bar
Marcus du Sautoy investigates AI and the essence of what it means to be human: will a computer ever compose a symphony, write a prize-winning novel or paint a masterpiece? If it did, would you be able to tell the difference? How much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure, and exactly what is it to be creative?
‘What a wonderful, brilliant, joyous read!’ Philippe Sands
‘a brilliant travel guide to the coming world of AI’ Jeanette Winterson
‘compelling and thought-provoking book … breaking down what it actually means to be creative’ Jim Al-Khalili
Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and a professor of Mathematics. His awards include the 2001 Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society, 2009 Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, 2010 Joint Policy for Mathematics Board Communications Award, and 2014 London Mathematical Society Zeeman Medal. One of 2004 Esquire Magazine’s 100 most influential people under 40 in Britain, he was included in Who’s Who in 2008. His numerous television and radio presentations include BBC Four’s The Story of Maths and the comedy show The School of Hard Sums with Dara Ó Briain. He writes for the Guardian, Times and Daily Telegraph and has written and performed the play X&Y, staged in London’s Science Museum and Glastonbury Festival. His other books include The Music of the Primes, Finding Moonshine (longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize), The Num8er My5teries and What We Cannot Know.
Doors open 8pm TOKE’S Bar
Selina Todd discusses with Auriol Smith and Sam Walters how nineteen year-old Shelagh Delaney redefined what art could be with her first and best-known play A Taste of Honey, set in her native Salford. Premiering in 1958, the established press condemned it as tasteless muck but builders, labourers and office workers told the BBC that Honey was ‘about people like us, isn’t it? Real life.’
‘a riveting book’ David Hare
‘splendid and illuminating book’ The Guardian
Selina Todd, Professor of Modern History at Oxford University, grew up in Newcastle, and was educated at comprehensive school. The history she writes–about class, inequality, working-class history, feminism and women’s lives in modern Britain–is one of anger and defiance, but ultimately of hope for a better future. Her Sunday Times best seller The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910–2010, was described by The Observer as ‘A book we badly need’.
Auriol Smith and Sam Walters MBE trained as actors (Sam after reading English at Merton College Oxford), 1971 cofounded the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, and have directed in the West End, regional theatres, and drama schools. In 1963 Auriol played Jo in A Taste of Honey for Lincoln Rep, and Helen for Worcester in 1969 when Sam played Peter.
This evening’s events are sponsored by Cotswold House Hotel and Spa www.bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse