Upcoming 2019 & 2020

26 September 5.30pm Opening Lecture, Indigo and the Orient: A Story of Blues, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
1 October, 6.30pm Indigo Trail: From Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans, Explorers Club, New York, USA.
9 November, 10.00am Speaking on the colour blue at ‘The Power of Colour Textile Society conference, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
11 December, 6.00pm Institut National d’Histoire d l’Art, Paris.
22-23 February 2020

25th anniversary celebrations of Aranya NaturalsMunnar, Kerala

Past Events 2019

28 June Talk for the 40th anniversary exhibition and events celebrating 40 years of Hali Journal of Islamic Textiles and Arts at the Malls Galleries, London
28 March Lecturing on the V&A course ‘Textiles, Ancient and Modern’.
16 March Talk for The West of England Costume Society’s Study Day on The Power of Colour.
25 February  -1 March Guest lecturer and artist at the Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, for a pioneering interdisciplinary week about the colour Blue.


8-18 December Guest lecturer for the boat trip from Kolkata ‘Blue Ganges’
29 November 2018 Speaking at a day symposium called Eye for Colour held by the Bernat Klein Foundation with the National Museum of Scotland.
8 September Talk at the ILHAM public art gallery in Kuala Lumpur
3 September Lecture to students at LASALLE College of the Arts [Singapore]
1 September

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

23 June ‘Journeys with Textiles’ talk for 60th anniversary of Norfolk and Suffolk Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
21 June 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 Journeys in Indigo: Red Sea to Rajasthan. Lecture at The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto
26 May Journeys in Indigo, George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. Lecture to the International Hajji Baba Society.
26 May Indigo: Blue Star of the Orient, George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. Discussion and Tour.
11 April 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 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 ‘Independence Blues: stories of India, Indigo and Gandhi’ at Crediton Bookshop, Devon
27 September Appledore Literary Festival, Devon
30 September Steppes Travel Festival 2017
4 September Talk and book signing at Waterstones Southampton
8 July Talk at the Penzance Literary Festival 2017, Cornwall
8 June Talk and book signing at Exeter Waterstones – Tickets available here
3 June Talk for the Buckinghamshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
6 May Talk for World Textile Day at Wickham, near Portsmouth
3 May  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 Lecture at Royal Geographical Society (with IGB), London
15 March Morning talk on indigo at the Bodleian Library Lecture Theatre, Oxford
9 March Speaking for the Victoria and Albert Museum Year Course for 2016/17, Textiles (Printing and Dyeing).
28th January Indigo on the High Seas: spice trade, slavery and shipwrecks – Fundraiser at Haseley Manor, Arreton, Isle of Wight


14 December Talk at Royal Scottish Geographical Society
– Gregory Building (Rm109), Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow
14 December Talk at Royal Scottish Geographical Society
– Appleton Tower (LT4), 11 Crichton Street, University of Edinburgh
12 December Talk at Royal Scottish Geographical Society
– School of Midwifery, University of Dundee Fife Campus, 5 Forth Avenue, Kirkcaldy
21 November Talk at the Taunton Literary Festival, at Brendon Books, Taunton, Somerset
16 November Evening talk to the Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
15 November Evening talk at The Island Sailing Club, Cowes, Isle of Wight
15 November 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 November Evening talk at Dimbola Lodge on the Isle of Wight
10 November Indigo: A World of Blue – Film screening at The George Washington University Museum
7-9 November Appearing at the Sharjah Book Fair
19-23 October Talk at the Biennial symposium of the Textile Society of America in Savannah, Georgia
20 September All-day workshop/salon at Maiwa School of Textiles (click here to register), Vancouver
19 September Evening lecture for Maiwa School of Textiles (click here for information and tickets), Vancouver
15 September Speaking at 7th Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Devon
13 September Evening talk to SW region of Royal Geographical Society, at Blundells School, Devon (click for details)
10 September 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 September Opening the biennial exhibition of the Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers at Killerton House, Devon
6 September Speaking to the Cheriton Bishop (Devon) embroidery group. Contact Felicity Dudbridge on 01392 811647
16 July Art in Action, Waterperry, near Oxford, Lecture Room 1
15 July Art in Action, Waterperry, near Oxford, Lecture Room 1
13 July Jenny Balfour-Paul’s Textiles at Textile Society at Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond
24 June Talk at Smedmore House, Dorset
7 May 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 April 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 April Talk to the Exeter forum at Mint church, Exeter
6 April Q&A with A N Wilson at the FT Oxford Literary Festival
8 March Evening talk at Ways with Words by the Water literary festival in Keswick
29 January Talk on ‘Natural Dyes of the Indian Sub Continent’ at J D Birla Institute, Kolkata.
24 January Talk and Indian book launch at the Victoria Memorial at the Kolkata Literary Meet book gathering (22-26th Jan)
16-17 January Indigo workshops for children at Galle Literary Festival 2016, Sri Lanka
13-17 January Talk for the Galle Literary Festival 2016, Sri Lanka


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