Location: 70 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB
Speaker: Deborah Levy
Information: 18.40Welcome & drinks, 19.00 Talk commences, 20.15 Break (times vary) 21.00 Session finishes Tickets £25.00
Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better.
Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject. Groups are limited to 35 people.
Deborah Levy is a Booker prize nominated novelist and playwright highly praised for her swift prose and stylistic courage. She will lead a discussion inspired by some of the key memories, emotions, politics and motivations that have shaped her approach to writing, with reference to the insights and provocations that deep thinkers such as Marguerite Duras, Freud and Nietzsche offer for finding a fearless voice to articulate what it is that matters to us in the everyday of our lives.
In her autobiographical essay, 'Things I Don't Want To Know' Deborah Levy reflects from a female point of view on Orwell's famous list of motives for writing; political purpose, historical impulse, sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm. As she states in the essay; "To become a writer I had to learn to interrupt, to speak up, to speak a little louder, and then louder, and then to just speak in my own voice which is not loud at all."
Location: Special exhibition galleries on the Third Floor, Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH
Information: Tickets £8.00, concessions
12 Sep 2013 to 19 Jan 2014
This major exhibition brings together works by two giants of 20th-century western art renowned for creating unforgettable images of the human figure. With over 60 works on display – some of them rarely seen in public – this show will present Bacon’s paintings alongside Moore’s sculptures and drawings to reveal surprising parallels in the work of these two great artists.
Despite working in different media, Bacon and Moore were exhibited together from the end of the Second World War into the 1960s. This new exhibition aims to bring a fresh perspective to these two artists, highlighting the important influences and experiences which they shared and exploring specific themes in their work. Bacon, regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest painters, was fascinated by sculpture and his art is fundamentally sculptural in the way in which, uniquely amongst major modern painters, he evokes three dimensional figures in space. Moore internationally renowned for his sculptures, was an excellent draughtsman and the exhibition includes a group of the poignant shelter drawings that first brought him fame as a war artist in the early 1940s.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue including essays by the exhibition curators, Richard Calvocoressi and Martin Harrison, and Francis Warner, Emeritus Fellow of St Peter’s College Oxford. It is available at £25 at the Ashmolean Shop or online.