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Libby Purves is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's 'Midweek' a programme of lively and diverse conversation; she is a Times columnist, 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 and the Royal Geographical Association.

She was the youngest and first ever woman presenter of the 'Today' programme, and has presented 'Midweek' since 1983, as well as having fronted 'The Learning Curve' all for BBC Radio 4. Libby Purves is a major columnist for The Times and writes for many other publications (including Woman and Home and Yachting Monthly amongst others). She was awarded the O.B.E. for her services to journalism in 1999 and was Columnist of the Year in the same year. She accidentally edited The Tatler for 6 months in 1982.

As an author she has written a series of books on childcare and family life, as well as eleven well regarded novels. She has published her auto-biography, a memoir on radio and a travel book.

As the daughter of a travelling diplomat, she 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. Libby took part in 'Stand Up With The Stars' on BBC Radio 4 for Comic Relief, when she was mentored in the art of stand up comedy prior to performing at the Comedy Café. She is married to the broadcaster Paul Heiney, and her interests are education, parenting, sailing, travelling and opera.

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