Libby Purves – Broadcaster, Author, Journalist and Guest Speaker.
Libby Purves is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s “Midweek” Programme, a Times columnist, broadcaster, author and speaker.
Libby Purves was the youngest and first ever woman presenter of the “Today” programme, and has presented “Midweek” since 1983, as well as fronting “The Learning Curve” all for 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. Libby accidentally edited The Tatler for 6 months in 1982.
As an author she has written books on childcare and family life, as well as best selling novels. She has published her auto-biography and a memoir on radio.
Libby Purves makes an entertaining and informative speaker, and she can often be found hosting events and award ceremonies or acting as a judge. Recent events have included: The Royal Society, The Royal Navy, The Gin and Vodka Association, Roedean School, The National Bursars Association and the Royal Geographical Association.
As the daughter of a travelling diplomat, Libby 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 is married to the broadcaster Paul Heiney, and her interests are sailing, travelling and opera.