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Wednesday 27 January 2010

Lively and diverse conversation with Libby Purves and guests including former rugby player Brian Moore.

  • Libby Purves is joined by Lalla Ward, Brian Moore, Peter Stothard and Neil Laughton

    Lalla Ward is an actor, artist and illustrator. As an actor she is probably best known for playing the part of Romana, companion to Doctor Who, Tom Baker. Now an artist, she works in ceramics, mosaics, pen and ink, acrylics and silk paint. She has published books on embroidery and knitting and has also illustrated books including those of her husband, the evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins. A new exhibition of her work 'Stranded' - wildlife-inspired thread paintings is at the National Theatre.

    Brian Moore is the former England Rugby player turned BBC TV commentator. Known as a hard man on the pitch and nicknamed ‘the Pitbull’, he won 64 caps for his country between 1987 and 1995, played in three Rugby World Cups, won the Grand Slam in 1991, 1992 and 1995 and went on two British Lions tours. Originally a qualified solicitor, he has also trained as a manicurist and has a love of fine wine and opera. His autobiography Beware of the Dog is published by Simon & Schuster.

    Peter Stothard is a classicist, former editor of The Times and now Editor of the Times Literary Supplement. In his new book 'On the Spartacus Road', he retraces the footsteps made by the legendary slave leader and reflects on the Roman obsession with death. It’s also about a journey in which Peter looks back and re-evaluates the events of his life including his experience of surviving near fatal cancer. 'On the Spartacus Road' is published by Harper Press.

    Neil Laughton trained as a Royal Marine Commando and was selected for the SAS reaching the rank of Captain and Troop Commander before launching a business career. He has organised and led expeditions all over the world including climbing the Seven Summits, including Mt Everest and has circumnavigated the UK on a jet ski. His latest project is the Parajet Skycar, the world's first bio-fuelled flying car, which earlier this year completed a 6000km trip from London to Timbuktu.


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