Wednesday, 29 November 2023
Location: Christopher Wren Dining Room, Ye Olde Watling Pub, 29 Watling Road, London EC4M 9BR
Join us for our next Literary Lunch at the historic Ye Olde Watling pub where we will hear from author Court Assistant Jon Drori.
Stationer Jon Drori is a Court Assistant of the Stationers' Company, and also a Trustee of the Eden Project, an Ambassador for the WWF and was for nine years a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Woodland Trust. He is on the Board of Cambridge University Botanic Garden, the Cambridge Science Centre and Raspberry Pi, which recently sold its 39 millionth computer. Until recently he was Chairman of Ravensbourne University London.
His work in many fields has been linked by a passion for the public understanding of science. He was a documentary director with the BBC, and as an executive producer he was responsible for more than 50 prime-time series, mostly on science and technology. His own TED talks on science misconceptions, pollen, and the beautiful tricks that flowers play, have been viewed millions of times and his bestselling book, Around the World in 80 Trees is now in 17 languages. In the follow up to this book, Around the World in 80 plants takes the reader on a botanical journey across the world, exploring the science, history and cultural significance of a fascinating range of plants. Jon was made CBE in 2006.
The cost of this lunchtime event, which starts at 1.00pm, is just £35 and includes a traditional two-course lunch, as well as the after-lunch interview with Jon Drori and Georgina Brown. We are restricted to 35 attendees, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Books and Jigsaws
Books will be available to preorder for £13 and get signed on the day! The books are crammed with great stories and are beautifully illustrated by Lucille Clerc – they are the perfect Christmas present! You can also order an ‘Around the World in 50 Trees’ or ‘Around the World in 50 Plants’ 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle for £17.