We’re thrilled that eight Thames and Hudson authors will speak at this year’s York Festival of Ideas:
Wednesday 6th June
‘Fashion Photography: The story in pictures’ with Eugénie Shinkle (6pm)
Fashion chronicler Eugénie Shinkle, author of Fashion Photography: The Story in 180 Pictures, explores the profound influence that fashion photography has had over the past century. Featuring work by important fashion photographers of the past, alongside those shaping contemporary taste today, she will showcase some of the genre’s most glamorous moments. Book now.
The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970 with Martin Salisbury (7.30pm)
Martin, author of The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970, discusses the life and work of some of the leading artists and illustrators of the period and explains how they rose to the wide-ranging challenges posed by format and subject matter. Find out how John Piper, Edward Bawden and John Minton in the UK and Ben Shahn, Edward Gorey and George Salter in the USA, brought their unique personal vision to bear on the world of books. Book now.
Saturday 9th June
Nowherelands: An atlas of vanished countries 1840-1975 with Bjørn Berge (4.30pm)
Drawing on fiction, eye-witness accounts and historical sources, writer Bjørn Berge, author of Nowherelands, casts an unconventional eye over lost nations. Join him to hear the stories of countries that once existed but have now have been erased from the map. Book now.
Monday 11th June
The Lifeboat That Saved the World with Irving Finkel (5pm)
Based on an ancient Mesopotamian story, the children’s book The Lifeboat That Saved the World retells the tale of a man charged with saving the world from a life-destroying flood. Join Irving Finkel, the bestselling author of The Ark Before Noah and Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian artefacts at the British Museum, for an exhilarating look into the past. Learn about the ancient origins of this famous story and how Irving discovered and deciphered the text from 4000-year-old clay tablets. Book now.
Seeing Ourselves: Women’s Self-Portraits with Frances Borzello (7.45pm)
For centuries, women’s self-portraiture was a highly overlooked genre. Beginning with the self-portraits of nuns in medieval illuminated manuscripts, Frances Borzello finally gives this richly diverse range of artists and portraits, spanning centuries, the critical analysis they deserve. Join Frances, author of Seeing Ourselves: Women’s Self-Portraits, to learn more about the originality of female artists, quintessentially expressed in their self-portraits. Book now.
Thursday 14th June
‘Ancient Egyptian Art: Everything is real’ with Bill Manley (6.30pm)
Join Egyptologist Bill Manley, author of Egyptian Art, as he highlights some of the finest achievements of a uniquely successful and enduringly compelling civilisation through more than 3,000 years, in order to discover what art meant to the pharaohs and their followers. Book now.
‘Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage’ with Joe Studholme (7.30pm)
Fine art publisher Joe Studholme, author of Joseph Banks’ Florilegium, explains the modern printing of Joseph Banks’ collection of botanical engravings and shows some of the fine illustrations. Banks, a wealthy young naturalist, accompanied James Cook on his first voyage around the world between 1768 and 1771. Book now.
Saturday 16th June
‘Digital Handmade: Craftmanship and the new Industrial Revolution’ with Lucy Johnston (12.30pm)
Writer Lucy Johnston, author of Digital Handmade: Craftmanship in the new Industrial Revolution, introduces some of the international designers, artists, and craftspeople who combine the precision and flexibility of computing and digital fabrication with the skill and tactility of the master artisan to create unexpected and desirable objects and products. Book now.