Upcoming Events


1 September – 11am -12:30pm

Lecture on Indigo – ‘Mummy Cloths to Blue Jeans’. Linked with the exhibition ‘Trees of Life‘ at Nanyang Technological University

3 September Lecture to students at LASALLE College of the Arts [Singapore]
8 September – 11am Talk at the ILHAM public art gallery in Kuala Lumpur
8-18 December Guest lecturer for the boat trip from Kolkata ‘Blue Ganges’
22-24 February 2019 Speaking at the Natural Dye symposium at Aranya Naturals, Munnar, India
28 March 2019 – 2:30pm Lecturing on the V&A course ‘Textiles, Ancient and Modern’.
28 June 2019 – AM Talk for the 40th anniversary exhibition and events celebrating 40 years of Hali Journal of Islamic Textiles and Arts. Malls Galleries, London.

Past Events


23 June ‘Journeys with Textiles’ talk for 60th anniversary of Norfolk and Suffolk Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
21 June – 2pm Lecturing at the V&A course, Indian Textiles, Dress and Jewellery.
16 June Talk to the Mid Essex Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
1 June – 6pm Journeys in Indigo: Red Sea to Rajasthan. Lecture at The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto
26 May – 2pm Journeys in Indigo, George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. Lecture to the International Hajji Baba Society.
26 May – 10:30am Indigo: Blue Star of the Orient, George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. Discussion and Tour.
11 April – 11am Talk on Arab textiles to the Heritage Hundred Society at Barnsdale Hotel, near Oakham, Rutland
14 March A Passage through Indigo – Lunchtime talk for Exeter University Club
8 March – 14:30pm Speaking for the Victoria and Albert Museum Year Course for 2017/18, Textiles (Printing and Dyeing).


10 November ‘Indigo Sutra Festival’, Kolkata
9 November Opening Talk for ‘Indigo Sutra Festival’, Kolkata
8 November Talk for the Bengal Club
7 November Talk for the Calcutta Club
26-27 October Joint presentation on 18th century dyes with the DHA (Dyes in History and Archaeology), Hampton Court
5th October – 7:30pm ‘Independence Blues: stories of India, Indigo and Gandhi’ at Crediton Bookshop, Devon
27 September – 4pm Appledore Literary Festival, Devon
30 September – 11:30am Steppes Travel Festival 2017
4 September – 7pm -8:30pm Talk and book signing at Waterstones Southampton
8 July – 5pm Talk at the Penzance Literary Festival 2017, Cornwall
8 June Talk and book signing at Exeter Waterstones – Tickets available here
3 June – 2pm Talk for the Buckinghamshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
6 May Talk for World Textile Day at Wickham, near Portsmouth
3 May – 6:30pm Talk on “Journeys through Indigo” at the Royal Geographical Society (West of England and South Wales region) annual dinner, on board the John Rennie floating restaurant, Bath. Open to non-members. Cost is £40 per head – please contact Jacki at
10 April Pasold Research Funds ‘Colour in Cloth’ conference
6 April Museum Ethnographers Group conference, Glasgow
27 March – 6:30pm Lecture at Royal Geographical Society (with IGB), London
15 March Morning talk on indigo at the Bodleian Library Lecture Theatre, Oxford
9 March – 2:30pm Speaking for the Victoria and Albert Museum Year Course for 2016/17, Textiles (Printing and Dyeing).
28th January – 6:30pm Indigo on the High Seas: spice trade, slavery and shipwrecks – Fundraiser at Haseley Manor, Arreton, Isle of Wight


14 Dec – 7:30pm Talk at Royal Scottish Geographical Society
– Gregory Building (Rm109), Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow
14 Dec – 2:15pm Talk at Royal Scottish Geographical Society
– Appleton Tower (LT4), 11 Crichton Street, University of Edinburgh
12 Dec – 7:30pm Talk at Royal Scottish Geographical Society
– School of Midwifery, University of Dundee Fife Campus, 5 Forth Avenue, Kirkcaldy
21 Nov – 6:30pm Talk at the Taunton Literary Festival, at Brendon Books, Taunton, Somerset
16 Nov Evening talk to the Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
15 Nov – 7:30pm Evening talk at The Island Sailing Club, Cowes, Isle of Wight
15 Nov – 11:30am Talk at Isle of Wight Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, in the Methodist Church in Ryde
Non-members welcome. (Coffee from 10:45am)
14 Nov Evening talk at Dimbola Lodge on the Isle of Wight
10 Nov Indigo: A World of Blue – Film screening at The George Washington University Museum
7-9 Nov Appearing at the Sharjah Book Fair
19-23 Oct Talk at the Biennial symposium of the Textile Society of America in Savannah, Georgia
20 Sep All-day workshop/salon at Maiwa School of Textiles (click here to register), Vancouver
19 Sep Evening lecture for Maiwa School of Textiles (click here for information and tickets), Vancouver
15 Sep Speaking at 7th Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Devon
13 Sep Evening talk to SW region of Royal Geographical Society, at Blundells School, Devon (click for details)
10 Sep – 2:30pm Talk to the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers in the basement hall of St Stephen’s House, 48 Emperor Gate, London SW7 4HJ. Visitors welcomeDownload the Guild’s 2016 Programme (PDF).
7 Sep Opening the biennial exhibition of the Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers at Killerton House, Devon
6 Sep – 1pm Speaking to the Cheriton Bishop (Devon) embroidery group. Contact Felicity Dudbridge on 01392 811647
16 Jul – 12:30pm Art in Action, Waterperry, near Oxford, Lecture Room 1
15 Jul – 2pm Art in Action, Waterperry, near Oxford, Lecture Room 1
13 Jul – 11am & 3pm Jenny Balfour-Paul’s Textiles at Textile Society at Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond
24 June Talk at Smedmore House, Dorset
7 May – 4pm Talk at The Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival, London.
5 May Talk at Selvedge magazine’s Indigo Study Day at Chelsea Physic Garden during the London Design Festival
14 Apr – 6pm Talk for the Royal Asiatic Society (non-members welcome). (Click to View/Download Royal Asiatic Society poster)
(Click to Listen to the RAS podcast of the lecture.)
13 Apr – 10am Talk to the Exeter forum at Mint church, Exeter
6 Apr – 6pm Q&A with A N Wilson at the FT Oxford Literary Festival
8 Mar – 8pm Evening talk at Ways with Words by the Water literary festival in Keswick
29 Jan – 11:30am Talk on ‘Natural Dyes of the Indian Sub Continent’ at J D Birla Institute, Kolkata.
24 Jan – 11:30am Talk and Indian book launch at the Victoria Memorial at the Kolkata Literary Meet book gathering (22-26th Jan)
16-17 Jan – morning Indigo workshops for children at Galle Literary Festival 2016, Sri Lanka
13-17 Jan Talk for the Galle Literary Festival 2016, Sri Lanka


16 Dec – 6:30pm Exeter, English-Speaking Union – evening talk and Christmas party
19 Nov – 7pm Deeper than Indigo event/signing in the café bar of Waterstones Picadilly with
blues and jazz by Beyond Blues duo, keyboard Hamish Balfour and bass Mao Yamada.
18 Nov – 6:30pm Talk to the Bristol Society for the Arts of Asia
11 Nov Totnes NADFAS talk at Dartington
7 Nov – 11am–4pm ‘meet the author’/book signing at W.H.Smith, Exeter
5 Nov – 3:30pm V&A Museum, London, talk on natural dyes of India linked to ‘Fabrics of India’ exhibition
26 Oct – 6:45pm The British Library – Reading, and signing event
24 Oct North Cornwall Book Festival
17 Oct – 5pm Isle of Wight Literary Festival at Osborne House
16 Oct – 11:30am Isle of Wight Literary Festival at Northwood House
14 Oct YEDFAS, York – York Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society
9 Oct – 11am Beverley Literature Festival
23 Sep – 7pm Talk at White Conduit gallery for the exhibition ‘Meaning of Blue’
23 Sep – 1:30pm Talk on a panel about ‘Culture and colour:’ at 100 percent design at Kensington Olympia
17 Aug Speaker for the evening lecture: Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers summer school
19 Jul – 2:45pm-3:45pm 11th Biennial ASTENE Conference
Exeter University Business School, Henderson Lecture Theatre, Xfi Centre.
Tracing Thomas Machell, forgotten explorer.
12 Jul Ways with Words Literary Festival, Dartington, Devon
10 Jul – 7:30pm Music and book reading event in Crediton Library in association with the Crediton Bookshop and Crediton Festival
30 Jun – 6:00pm Devon Weavers Workshop
24 Jun – 12:30pm Royal Society for Asian Affairs lunchtime talk – Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, London
19 Jun – 7:00pm Ebenezer Chapel, The Seed Factory, Aller Somerset, TA10 0Q
13 Jun – 1:00pm Charles Causley Literary Festival, Launceston
4 Jun – 5.30pm Evening talk and launch at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University
2 Jun London launch of Deeper than Indigo: Joss Graham Gallery
16 May Somerset Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
2 May – 9am–5pm London School of Economics: Indigo Workshop (free to all), now in the NAB (New Academic Building)