Simon Schama has been at the forefront of the arts, political commentary, social analysis and historical study for more than 40 years. The bestselling author and beloved television presenter talks to David Marr about his new collection of essays, Wordy, a treasure trove for all those who have a passion for the arts, politics, food and life. Whether Simon is considering the music of Tom Waits, the history of the colour blue or the works of Dickens, Wordy showcases some of his wisest, wittiest and most eloquent writing. 

Supported by the City of Sydney.

This event is Auslan-interpreted. 

Simon Schama (International)

Simon Schama

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. His award-winning books, translated into fifteen languages, include Citizens, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt's Eyes, A History of Britain, The Power of Art, Rough Crossings, The American Future, The Face of Britain and The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492). His art columns for The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for criticism and his journalism has appeared regularly in The Guardian and the Financial Times where he is Contributing Editor. He has written and presented more than fifty films for the BBC on subjects as diverse as Tolstoy, American politics, and The Story of the Jews and is co-presenter of a new landmark series on the history of world art, Civilisations.

David Marr (Australian)

David Marr

David Marr is a journalist and broadcaster who now writes for Guardian Australia. He’s published a couple of biographies and a number of books about politics, censorship and immigration. Over the last ten years he has written a number of Quarterly Essays. His latest is The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race. He previously presented Media Watch and appears regularly on Insiders and The Drum. His latest book is My Country, an anthology of essays.