A Drink with the Idler

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Charge your glasses and settle down for a leisurely drink with the Idler’s special guests. Each evening Idler magazine editor Tom Hodgkinson will be in conversation with author Geoff Dyer. We’ll have philosophical insight from Dr Mark Vernon and the chat will be followed by an audience Q&A. Your host will be Idler Academy director Victoria Hull.

Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and author of the best-selling manuals, ‘How to be Idle’ and ‘How to be Free’. Other books include a book on smallholding called ‘Brave Old World’, a book on parenting, the ‘Ukulele Handbook’ and, most recently, a manual for creative entrepreneurs, ‘Business for Bohemians’.

Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. He presents several Idler Academy online courses. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include – ‘A Secret History of Christianity’ (John Hunt), ‘The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy’ (Idler Books), ‘Love: All That Matters’ (Hodder) and ‘Jung: How To Believe’ (Guardian Shorts) – and he has books on friendship, belief and the good life too. Mark can often be heard on Moral Maze. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England.

Geoff Dyer

Friday – 17:00-18:00

Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as nine non-fiction books. Dyer has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center of Photography’s 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E.M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was named GQ’s Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012 and was a finalist in 1998. In 2015 he received a Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages. 

Jessie Cave

Saturday – 17:00-18:00

Jessie Cave is a talented actress, writer and illustrator who is best known for playing Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter films. She has a lead role in ITV2’s Buffering opposite Iain Stirling which will air later this summer. Jessie starred as regular Heather in Sky One’s Trollied and further drama credits include BBC’s Call the Midwife, Netflix’s Black Mirror and Channel 4’s Glue.

She is a brilliant stand-up who has had three critically acclaimed and sell-out solo shows including Bookworm and I Loved Her. Her most recent show, Sunrise, has had several runs at the Soho Theatre, toured nationally in 2019 and is available to stream now on Soho Theatre On Demand. On the writing side, Jessie has had a book of illustrations published titled ‘Lovesick’ and her highly anticipated first novel, ‘Sunset’, is out in June.

Viv Groskop

Sunday – 17:00-18:00

Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian, writer, and broadcaster. She is the author of ‘The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature’. She writes for the Guardian, Observer, and Financial Times and is the host of the chart-topping podcast How to Own the Room, where she has interviewed Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Margaret Atwood and Julie Andrews. She lives in London.

Viv Groskop’s latest book is ‘Au Revoir Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature’ (Abrams Press). The paperback comes out on 10 June.

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