Cut Conversations – Anna Pavord

The next in the series of Cut Conversations sees Anna Pavord at The Cut, on the stage, talking to journalist and writer Catherine Larner about her 20+ years as a gardening correspondent, writer of over 12 books, and gardener.

This will be the first live performance in the series which started in November 2020. The theatre experience will be on bubbles or households with distancing in place and you can book advance tickets for the theatre or receive a link for the livestream.

While Anna Pavord is best known and greatly loved as a gardening writer, her internationally bestselling classic, The Tulip, is not a gardening book. It is the story of a flower that has driven men mad. Greed, desire, anguish and devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip from a wildflower on the Asian steppes to the worldwide phenomenon that it is today. No other flower carries so much baggage: it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behaviour, mirrors economic booms and busts and plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution. How could a simple flower influence so many, for so many centuries, in so many countries.

Anna Pavord, a self-confessed tulipomaniac, spent six years looking for answers, roaming through eastern Turkey and Central Asia to discover how this humble flower made its way along the Silk Road, eventually to take the whole of the Western world by storm.

Anna explains, ‘The soul needs to look out at things and find rest and peace and beauty in the things that the eyes are seeing. I think that’s a need. It’s a need as much as having a roof over your head and food in your stomach.’

Copies are available from Halesworth Book Shop and Books & Prints in Lowestoft.

The event is on Sunday 20 June, 3pm. Tickets are free and all donations to assist The Cut’s sustainability are gratefully received. Doors open at 2.30pm and a link to the live stream will be sent on the day

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