Annette Badland is an actress known for a wide range of roles on television, radio, stage, and film. She has played, amongst many other roles, Margaret Blaine in the BBC’s Doctor Who series, Mrs. Glenna Fitzgibbons in Outlander and Babe Smith in EastEnders. She recently acted in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at the Globe Theatre and is currently playing the role of Fleur Perkins, Midsomer Murders’ new forensic pathologist. Less well known is her admiration for the novelist Iris Murdoch, which she will celebrate and discuss with Anne Rowe, and read extracts from The Sea, The Sea, The Black Prince and other of Murdoch’s best–loved novels.
Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) is one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated, novelist- philosophers. Her twenty-six novels, that span the entire latter half of the century, explore human relationships, the nature of love, suffering, freedom and faith, and are being celebrated globally in this, the centenary year of her birth.
Anne Rowe is Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester and Emeritus Research Fellow at the University of Kingston. She has published widely on Iris Murdoch, most recently co-editing with Avril Horner Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995 (2015), and Writers and Their Work: Iris Murdoch (2019).