There are so many talks taking place in London that it’s hard to choose what to attend. Here’s our hand-picked selection of London’s best talks next month:
Celebrating Lee Miller: Whitney Scharer and Alex Peake-Tomkinson
We have long been fans of the twentieth century icon Lee Miller, so this event discussing the first novel written about her life immediately got our attention. Miller was a model, photographer, war correspondent & gourmet chef and led such a fascinating life it is a surprise that it has not been the subject of fiction before. Whitney Scharer’s dazzling novel The Age of Light skilfully evokes the period, transporting the reader to the smoky cabarets, opium dens and Surrealist parties of 1930s Paris which were Miller’s stamping ground. Scharer will be discussing Miller’s life, the fascination she continues to exert, and her role in the often-macho Surrealist movement alongside our very own Alex Peake-Tomkinson. The book has been praised by no less than Madeleine Miller, author of the Women’s Prize-winning The Song of Achilles, as “a powerful, sensual and gripping portrait of the forging of an artist’s soul”. A glass of wine or soft drink is included in the ticket price. We will see you there.
Thursday 21 February, 6.30pm at Waterstones, 82 Gower Street. Tickets £10 waterstones.com
The Food Talks Feast: Joe Trivelli at Honey & Co
It sounds like something of a fable but Joe Trivelli learnt to cook by watching his Italian grandmother transform simple ingredients into something mouth-watering. Now co-head chef of the River Cafe, Joe’s latest book The Modern Italian Cook shows you how to do the same. Rustling up some of the recipes, Joe will be in the kitchen with Honey & Co founders Sarit and Itamar for this special Food Talks Feast. Tickets include a drink on arrival, a chat and Q&A with Joe before sitting down to a share a three-course lunch. Yum.
Sunday 10 February, 2pm at Honey & Smoke, 216 Great Portland St. Tickets £85 including signed copy of the book, welcome drink and three-course lunch. shop.honeyandco.co.uk
Leïla Slimani discusses her new novel, Adèle with Sam Baker at the Southbank
We were great fans of Lullaby, the haunting first novel by Leïla Slimani that went on to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt. We’re first in line then, for this talk, an exclusive UK appearance with the author before the release of her new book, Adèle. Again the scene is set in Paris, and our lead character is the woman who appears to have it all, working as a journalist and living with her surgeon husband and their young son in an idyllic apartment. Yet beneath the surface Adèle’s boredom compels her to pursue a string of one night stands and affairs, ensnaring her in a trap of her own making. At this evening event Slimani will be in conversation with Sam Baker, journalist and founder of The Pool, discussing her writing about sex, addiction and the dark side of domestic life.
Monday 4 February, 7.15pm in the Purcell Room at the Southbank. Tickets £15. southbankcentre.co.uk