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Writers talks in the Courtauld Gallery
2008/09


From November 2008 to January 2009, Ruth Padel, Somerset House Writer in Residence, invited six eminent writers from different genres to give a series of exclusive talks about their favourite painting in The Courtauld Gallery.

Each writer chose a work that particularly engaged, challenged, provoked or delighted them, and presented their personal reflections during a talk for a small audience, directly in front of the painting.

“I wanted to hear other writers, people whose professional life depends on listening to their own imagination, responding to these paintings. Not in art historical ways but personally and imaginatively. I wondered if discovering how one painting matters to one person might shed interesting light on what a great art gallery is for. What does a painting do to us? Where can it take us?

Ruth Padel, Writer in Residence at Somerset House







Philip Pullman

on Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère
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Julia Neuberger

on Pissarro's Lordship Lane Station
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Colm Tóibín

on Cézanne's Route Tournante

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Gillian Beer

on Vanessa Bell's Conversation
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Hisham Matar

on Cranach's Adam and Eve
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Jackie Kay

on Degas's Woman at a Window and Lady with a Parasol
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Listen to podcasts of the 2010 Writers' Talks events whith Andrew Motion, Margaret Drabble and Michael Morpurgoand others.