Festivals, Talks and Media


Cheltenham Literature Festival, Tuesday 8 October, 5.45pm (In the Shadow of Vesuvius)

Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Thursday 10 October, 2pm (In the Shadow of Vesuvius)

Heffer’s, Cambridge, Saturday 12 October (In the Shadow of Vesuvius; 100 Ancient Stories)

BBC History Weekend, Chester, Friday 25 October, 8.30pm (In the Shadow of Vesuvius)

Petworth Literary Festival, Saturday 2 November, 5pm (In the Shadow of Vesuvius)

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

Oxford Review of Books event, Oxford, Tuesday 26 November, 7.30pm

British Museum, Thursday 12 December, 1.30pm (Who was Homer? TROY exhibition tie-in talk)



1 October 2019: British Library, 100 Ancient Stories: Talk and Readings

23 September 2019: BBC History Extra podcast on the destruction of Pompeii

22 September 2019: BBC Gloucester interview with Jo Durrant

16 September 2019: Gloucester History Festival (In the Shadow of Vesuvius)

13 September 2019: Savile Club (In the Shadow of Vesuvius)

12 September 2019: Spectator podcast: Boris Johnson the classicist 

29 August 2019: Hidden Histories Podcast on Roman London

25 July 2019: Waterstones, Guildford

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: 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’