2024 Festival Event

Sue Prideaux
photo by Douglas Fry

Sue Prideaux – ‘Wild Thing: A Life of Paul Gauguin’

Sue Prideaux talks about writing Wild Thing, a vital re-examination of the trailblazing and controversial artist Paul Gauguin – the first full biography of the artist in over thirty years. In conversation with writer Libby Spurrier, Sue describes the importance of her research in Polynesia to understand this complex artist. She discusses the people, places and ideas that shaped Gauguin’s vision. Wild Thing explores Gauguin’s exuberance, his creative epiphanies and his fierce words. Sue Prideaux is the author of prize-winning biographies of Nietzsche, Strindberg and Munch.

Sue Prideaux - Wild Thing

Libby Spurrier is a writer and abridges both fiction and non-fiction works for radio. Her abridged texts are often featured on Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

Libby Spurrier

This event is in honour and in memory of Edwin Mullins.

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2024 Festival Schedule

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A printed version of this schedule can be found on the back of the programme booklet available at the Barnes Bookshop, 98 Church Road.