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On Chapel Sands

Laura Cumming Interviewed by Claire Armitstead

Saturday, 28 March 2020

4:00pm

1 hour

Cohen Quad: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

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Award-winning writer and art critic Laura Cumming talks about her pursuit of the truth about her mother’s mysterious disappearance as a small child.

Cumming’s mother, who grew up to be an artist, was kidnapped from a Lincolnshire beach in 1929 and found five days later in a local village. She remembered nothing of the events and only learned of them 50 years later. Cumming explains how her search for the truth spread out across the globe and how she discovered that many lives, including her own, were affected by what happened on that beach.

‘On Chapel Sands is much more than a search for truth. It is a moving, many-sided human story of great depth and tenderness, and a revelation of how art enriches life. In short, a masterpiece’ – John Carey

Cumming is chief art critic of the Observer and author of The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez, winner of the 2017 James Tait Black Biography Prize. Here she talks to Claire Armitstead, associate editor, culture, of the Guardian.

This event is part of St Hilda’s College writers’ day at the festival, a series of talks featuring the works of graduates and fellows of the college.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd