a leading international speaker consultation and booking service

Tel: +44 (0)20 7607 7070

Search

Biography: Libby Purves

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.

Speaking Topics

Libby Purves is presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, Times columnist and after dinner speaker, awards host and facilitator.

  • Current Affairs
  • Facilitator
  • Awards Host

For further information or to book Libby Purves, call us on +44 (0) 20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Other speakers you might like

  • Victoria Wood

    Victoria Wood

    With or without a piano, comedienne Victoria Wood is a triumph at conference dinners or corporate awards.

  • Matt Lucas

    Matt Lucas

    Star of the smash hit comedy 'Little Britain', Matt Lucas is one of the UK's foremost comedians.

  • Giles Long

    Giles Long

    Giles Long is a successful Paralympic swimmer whose journey to success is unusual and inspirational.…

  • Nicholas Witchell

    Nicholas Witchell

    BBC Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell is one of the very best conference facilitators and awards…

Agile web development by Byte9