In Conversation: An Appetite for Bloomsbury

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17 July 2014, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Grace Higgens
by Vanessa Bell
© The Estate of Vanessa Bell courtesy of Henrietta Garnett

Writers Jans Ondaatje Rolls (The Bloomsbury Cookbook) and Stewart MacKay (The Angel of Charleston: Grace Higgens, Housekeeper to the Bloomsbury Group) discuss what the Bloomsbury Group ate, who they dined with, and who prepared their food. Moderated by writer and journalist, Rachel Cooke.

Jans Ondaatje Rolls was born in Toronto, educated in Canada and the United States and emigrated to England in 1988.    She is involved in fundraising for numerous charities and is an active supporter of  Pallant House Gallery, Winston’s Wish and the Charleston Trust.  In 1982 she published a cookbook Chester Chowder, and the proceeds of which support a home for children with special needs in Nova Scotia, and in 2009 she published Bosham Bisque, a cookbook for the benefit of Winston’s Wish. Her new book, The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art is published by Thames & Hudson.

Andrew Stewart MacKay studied at St Andrews University, City University in London and Leiden University in The Netherlands before training as an archivist at Glasgow University. For the last ten years he has taught Art History throughout Europe (particularly in Italy), lectured on English Literature at several American universities and has worked as a literary archivist at The British Library in London. His book The Angel of Charleston: Grace Higgens, Housekeeper to the Bloomsbury Group is an insightful biography based upon previously unpublished diaries, letters and photographs. Rachel Cooke trained as a reporter on The Sunday Times and is now a writer for the Observer and TV critic for the New Statesman. In 2006 she was named interviewer of the year at the British Press Awards. Her book, Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, is published by Virago.

The Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision Adult Learning Programme is made possible in loving memory of Rosemary Evison. 



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