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Gavin Esler In Conversation: Sir Michael Morpurgo

Gulbenkian Theatre

The In Conversation series continues with Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE, who will be joining Gavin Esler live in the Gulbenkian Theatre at 18.30 with doors opening at 18.00. Michael Morpurgo has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Come, The Mozart Question, Shadow, and War Horse, which was adapted for a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre and then, in 2011, for a film directed by Steven Spielberg.  Michael was awarded the OBE for his writing in 2006. His latest novels are When Fishes Flew (HarperCollins), Carnival of the Animals (Harper Collins) and Song of Gladness (Macmillan).

Gavin Esler In Conversation: Prue Leith

Gulbenkian Theatre

The In Conversation series continues with Dame Prue Leith, DBE., DL who will be joining Gavin Esler live in the Gulbenkian Theatre at 18.30 with doors opening at 18.00. Prue Leith’s career has included her own restaurants, catering and cookery school businesses; she’s been a board director of companies such as British Rail, Halifax, Safeway, Whitbread, Woolworths, and Belmond (ex-Orient Express) Hotels. She has published eight novels, a memoir, Relish and 14 cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, The Vegetarian Kitchen, which she co-wrote with her niece Peta Leith, was published in 2020. Prue is probably best known for her role as a judge on The Great British Bake Off, but she has also been a judge on The Great British Menu and My Kitchen Rule

Gavin Esler In Conversation: Val McDermid

Gulbenkian Theatre

The In Conversation series continues with the ‘Queen of Crime’, Val McDermid who will be joining Gavin Esler live in the Gulbenkian Theatre at 18.30 with doors opening at 18.00. Val McDermid has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and is translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. She has written three other series: private detective Kate Brannigan, journalist Lindsay Gordon and, most recently, cold case detective Karen Pirie, whose debut appearance in The Distant Echo is soon to become a major ITV series.