Libby Purves is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s “Midweek” a programme of lively and diverse conversation; she is a Times columnist & drama critic, broadcaster, author and keynote speaker.
Libby was the youngest and first ever woman presenter of the “Today” programme, and has presented “Midweek” since 1983, as well as having fronted “The Learning Curve” and numerous documentaries for BBC Radio 4.
She is a major columnist for The Times and writes for many other publications. She was awarded the O.B.E. for her services to journalism in 1999 and was Columnist of the Year in the same year. She accidentally edited The Tatler for 6 months in 1982.
As an author Libby has written a series of books on childcare and family life, as well as twelve well regarded novels. She has published a memoir on radio and a classic account of sailing around mainland Britain.
As the daughter of a travelling diplomat, she was educated in Israel, Bangkok, France, Johannesburg, Tunbridge Wells and at St Anne’s College Oxford, where she obtained a first class honours degree in English Language and Literature.
Libby Purves is a writer and broadcaster par excellence and has that certain something which combines natural wit with an incisive perception. Libby took part in “Stand Up With The Stars” on BBC Radio 4 for Comic Relief, when she was mentored in the art of stand up comedy prior to performing at the Comedy Café. She is married to the broadcaster Paul Heiney, and her interests are education, parenting, sailing, travelling and theatre.
Libby Purves is presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, Times columnist and after dinner speaker, awards host and facilitator.
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