Former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the V & A, eminent historian, gardener and Britain’s premier dandy, Sir Roy Strong will talk about his new volume of diaries. Scenes and Apparitions begins where its predecessor, Splendours and Miseries, left off. It covers a period of Roy Strong’s life from 1988 to 2003. Shaking off the shackles of public life, Roy was free for the first time to reinvent himself, leaving behind the political and cultural machinations of the art world. Left with little to live on, he turned his hand to what came his way, first as a consultant to the Canary Wharf development; then as a television and radio presenter; and finally as a full-time writer of books on the nation’s history and civilisation, as well as on garden design and history.
Witty, funny, stylish and always entertaining, this will be a morning sure to delight.