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Tracy Chevalier: reimagining art and craft from the past

Festival of Ideas


● Cancelled

Friday 1 May 2020
2.30 — 3.30pm

Tracy Chevalier

© Photograph by Nina Subin

Historical novelist Tracy Chevalier talks with broadcast journalist Georgina Godwin about the roles art and craftsmanship play in her writing.

Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding coronavirus, we regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s RA Festival of Ideas. If you have purchased tickets to an event, please contact us on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk to arrange a refund.

Tracy Chevalier discusses how art and craft – such as painting, quilting and embroidering – can open a window into historical worlds and characters. She also talks about how history and historical fiction can shed light on the present day.

Hear how her research stimulates her imagination, learn about how she develops characters and narratives, and discover what inspires her award-winning writing.

Chevalier has written 10 novels including the best-selling Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was adapted into a BAFTA and Academy Award nominated film. Her most recent novel A Single Thread, set at the dawn of the Second World War, was published in 2019.

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

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

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Friday 1 May 2020

2.30 — 3.30pm

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

£15, £9