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Posy Simmonds

Festival of Ideas


Saturday 4 May 2019
3.30 — 4.30pm

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Posy Simmonds, Casandra Piccadilly (detail).

In conversation with journalist Claire Armitstead, award-winning cartoonist, Posy Simmonds, reveals her penchant for difficult and dangerous women and why she loves poking fun at the middle classes.

Posy Simmonds made her name as a cartoonist for the Guardian in the late 1970s. Since then, she has enjoyed skewering middle-class metropolitan mores in books such as Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe. In this entertaining session she discusses why the art world has proved such rich pickings for her latest novel, Cassandra Darke which features fraud, non-doms and sexting.

Posy Simmonds is the author of many books for adults and children, including Lulu and the Flying Babies and Fred, the film that was nominated for an Oscar. She has won international awards for her work, including the 2009 Grand prix de la critique bande dessinée for Tamara Drewe. Both Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe have been made into successful feature films. Her most recent book Cassandra Darke – a satire on the London art world – is a morality tale that combines social comedy with noir thriller and was published to great acclaim last year.

This talk will include an audience Q&A at the end.

Posy Simmonds will be signing books in the Burlington Gardens entrance hall, outside Pace Gallery after the event.

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Saturday 4 May 2019

3.30 — 4.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9