About this event

  • Date and time Wed 3 Feb 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield is a journalist and best-selling author of appealingly diverse and an unpredictable canon of non-fiction, including the bestsellers Mauve, Just My Type and On The Map. Simon will be joining Professor Roger Kirby, RSM President, for an enthralling and varied conversation about his successful career, his new book Dog’s Best Friend: A Brief History of an Unbreakable Bond and how our relationship with dogs has manifested itself over the centuries and transformed millions of lives, past research on the history of Aids in Britain, and his view on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Simon and Roger are both keen Chelsea fans and have promised not to discuss the current soap opera at the club. They may, however, discuss Simon attending the removal of Roger’s prostate, and writing about it for the Economist and the Observer.

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Simon began his career as a features writer, and all his books are marked by a strong sense of narrative journalism. For more than thirty years his work has appeared in The Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, Esquire and Granta, where his subjects have included health issues, technology and popular culture. He gave up interviewing famous people when many of them died shortly afterwards, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Griffiths and Zaha Hadid.

Amongst many best-selling books, his study of Aids in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham Prize.

Simon is also a trustee of the Mass Observation Archive and the editor of several books of diaries, including Our Hidden Lives and A Notable Woman.

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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

The In Conversation Live webinar series will continue our much loved In Conversation events, giving you the opportunity to get first-hand insights into the lives and thoughts of high profile individuals, bringing an intimate, relaxed and entertaining perspective into your living room.    

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