I spent a delightful Saturday revisiting Chiang Yee -the charming artist who was ‘The Silent Traveller in Oxford etc. I first encountered his books when I ran the Jam Factory (1987-1998) and I loved them. After a symposium at the
Writing about art and antiques gave me my first opportunities to write professionally. I reviewed over 300 exhibitions and for 10 years wrote a popular monthly feature on antiques in Oxfordshire Limited Edition. (OLE) This was the first one and
All my fiction and non –fiction and my life has been about breaking down stereotypes. March 6 is the launch of Sculpting the Elephant. At 11 am I’ll be talking on BBC Radio Oxford about the book and particularly about
Why was India’s greatest ruler fogotten for 1000 years and why is Ashoka’s story so relevant and needed today?
When I read about Ashoka the 3rd century BC ruler of much of India, my curiosity was aroused. Ashoka began as a warlord but felt remorse at the waste of life on the battlefield. He invited followers of the Buddha
Dwina Gibb and I were on Radio Oxford talking Poems in an Exhibition. Click on the link to hear Dwina read My Songbird has Flown: Dwina Gibb - My Songbird Has Flown Dwina and I on Radio Oxford: The launch
Because of the rise in empire nostalgia, knowing the truth about the brutality of empire is important. Our schools don’t teach empire and most Brits know little and what they do know is coloured by ideas of benevolent patriarchy. In
India's lost emperor Ashoka set about governing India by moral force alone! He renounced violence including the death penalty and this was Before Christ ! Ashoka turned Buddhism from a minor sect into a world religion but his name was cleansed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05b5fdg It’s a welcome change for the BBC to focus on the partition of India. For too long the only history we get is the Tudors, WW1 and WW2. Almost ignored are the Industrial Revolution and the Empire which
The quest for knowledge is possibly the most inspiring quality in the V&A Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, writes SYLVIA VETTA.
Grayson Perry: the Hogarth of 2017? I LOVE Grayson Perry. My first sight of his work was at the Turner Prize in 2003. From a distance his pots were exquisite high glazed and somewhat feminine. Up close there was something