Libby Purves presented BBC Radio 4's Midweek, a programme of lively and diverse conversation, for 33 years; she is a Times columnist, drama critic, broadcaster, author and speaker.
Libby makes an entertaining and informative speaker, and she can often be found hosting events and award ceremonies or acting as a judge.
Recent bookings include The Royal Society, The Royal Navy, The Gin and Vodka Association, Roedean School, The National Bursars Association, The National Association of Head Teachers, several private club events, and a regular onstage interview event for The Royal Geographical Society.
She was the youngest and first ever woman presenter of the Today programme, and presented Midweek since 1983, as well as having fronted The Learning Curve and numerous documentaries for BBC Radio 4.
Libby Purves is a major columnist for The Times and writes for many other publications including the Daily Mail. She was awarded the OBE for her services to journalism in 1999 and was Columnist of the Year in the same year. Libby accidentally edited The Tatler for 6 months in 1982. Equally accidentally, she was persuaded into doing a successful stand-up comedy routine for Comic Relief in 2009.
As an author she has written a series of books on childcare and family life, as well as numerous 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, Libby Purves 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. Her interests are education, parenting, sailing, travelling and theatre.