Festivals, Talks and Media


Waterstones, Guildford, Thursday 25 July, 6.30 pm

Savile Club, Friday 13 September, 12.30pm (TBC)

Gloucester History Festival, Monday 16 September, 6pm

The Joy of Ancient Stories, Talk and Readings, British Library, Tuesday 1 October, 7.15pm

Cheltenham Literature Festival, Tuesday 8 October, 5.45pm

Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Thursday 10 October, 2pm

Heffer’s Classics Forum, Cambridge, Saturday 12 October

BBC History Weekend, Chester, Friday 25 October, 8.30pm

Petworth Literary Festival, Saturday 2 November, 5pm

St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Autumn London address, University Women’s Club, Thursday 7 November, 6.30pm


Past (a selection):

12 July 2019: HistoryHit Podcast with Dan Snow

25 June 2019: Blackwell’s, Oxford

14 June 2019: Topping’s Bath

8 June 2019: First’s London Rare Book Fair

30 May 2019: Travels Through Time Podcast for History Today

29 May 2019: Hatchard’s, Piccadilly, London

28 May 2019: Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

14 March 2019: Southampton Classical Association

3 October 2018: Henley Literary Festival: London Library writers’ panel with Sara Wheeler, Daisy Goodwin and John McNally

4 July 2018: Ibstock Place School, Prize Giving address

13 March 2018: The House of Commons, speech on Somerset Maugham and presentation of awards for The London Magazine short story competition

1 February 2018: Charterhouse School

18 January 2018: TLS Podcast on the history and future of writing

7 October 2017: Talk at Surbiton High School in aid of Parthenon cast restoration

27 September 2017: The Horatian Society Annual Address, Lincoln’s Inn, London

20 September 2017: The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Robert Lowell, British Library, with Grey Gowrie, Simon Armitage, Julian Sands, Hugo Williams, Lucy Fleming, Alan Jenkins, Michael Hofman, Saskia Hamilton, and Mark Ford

16 September 2017: ‘University Challenged’ with Bamber Gascoigne, Oxford University

18 July 2017: University of Cambridge, plenary lecture, International Summer School

10 July 2017: The Prince’s Teaching Institute, Merchant Taylors’ Hall, guest lecture

4 July 2017: The Oldie Literary Lunch, London

11 March 2017: University of Oxford, alumni guest panel ‘Future Classics’

9 March 2017: St John’s College, Cambridge

23 January 2017: London Classical Association, Roehampton

29 December 2016: University Challenge Christmas Final, BBC 2

28 December 2016: University Challenge Christmas Semi-Final, BBC 2

25 December 2016: University Challenge Christmas Special, BBC 2

8 November 2016: King’s College School, Wimbledon

3 November 2016 Royal Grammar School, Guildford

29 October 2016: Heffer’s Bookshop, Cambridge

15 October 2016: Isle of Wight Literary Festival

10 October 2016: Cheltenham Literary Festival (SOLD OUT)

9 October 2016: Interview with Cowes Radio

13 September 2016: The Oldie Literary Lunch, London

27 July 2016: Ryedale Literary Festival, North Yorkshire

2 July 2016: Althorp Literary Festival

28 April 2016: Winchester College School

25 April 2016: Travellers’ Club, Pall Mall

9 April 2016: Oxford Literary Festival

18 March 2016: Youth Awards, Mole Valley, guest speaker

8 March 2016: St Olave’s School, Orpington

6 March 2016: Oxford University Church of St Mary the Virgin, sermon

29 February 2016: Bath Literary Festival

13 February 2016: Barton’s Bookshop, Book signing

12 February 2016: Waterstone’s, Dorking, Book signing

17 November 2015: Guest speaker at Founder’s Day, St Hilda’s College, Oxford

6 November 2015: BBC World Service, The Why Factor: the history of food allergies

27 November 2014: London History Festival, interview with Dan Jones

5 August 2014: Oxford University UNIQ Summer School, guest speaker

11 July 2014: Walking Tour of Titian’s Venice at The National Gallery for AIFS summer programme

26 March 2014: Online lecture series on Homer Iliad 24 for Massolit

29 September 2013: Soho Literary Festival, Classics Quiz

5 April 2013: University of Reading, Classical Association Conference lecture

19 November 2012: King’s College London: ‘On the Ancient Novel in Renaissance Italy’ lecture

19 July 2012: Talk at the National Gallery for the Italian Cultural Association: ‘Introducing Renaissance Venice’

10 March 2012: Sir William Perkins’s School, after-dinner talk: ‘Picasso and the Minotaur’

16 December 2011: Public talk, University College London: ‘Mantegna and Castration’

9 April 2010: Courtauld Gallery: ‘Michaelangelo’s Dream: the Phaethon presentation drawings’

2 February 2010: Courtauld Gallery: ‘Seurat’s Woman Powdering Herself’