Charge your glasses and settle down for a leisurely drink with the Idler’s special guests. Each evening Idler magazine editor Tom Hodgkinson will be in conversation with one great talent. We’ll have philosophical insight from Dr Mark Vernon and the chat will be followed by an audience Q&A. Your host will be Idler Academy director Victoria Hull.
Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and author of the best-selling manuals, How to be Idle and How to be Free. Other books include a book on smallholding called Brave Old World, a book on parenting, the Ukulele Handbook and, most recently, a manual for creative entrepreneurs, Business for Bohemians.
Victoria Hull is Director of the Idler Academy. Following stints as a teacher, researcher, assistant producer and TV development exec, she created The Clerkenwell Literary Festival in 1997. She mixed established names with fresh diverse talents and cross-art acts. The festival attracted a new young audience and coined the phrase ‘lit-fest’. In 2002 she moved to a farmhouse in North Devon and spent the next few years running a smallhold with her young children. They kept a menagerie including bees, pigs, ferrets, rabbits, cats, a very old pony and working Labrador Retrievers which Victoria bred. In 2011 she launched the Idler Academy and now lives in London.
Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. He presents several Idler Academy online courses. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include – The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How To Believe (Guardian Shorts) – and he has books on friendship, belief and the good life too. Mark can often be heard on Moral Maze. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England.