A Drink with the Idler: Sheryl Garratt and Miranda Sawyer

Join the Idler for a chat with journalists Sheryl Garratt and Miranda Sawyer, plus Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson and philosopher Mark Vernon.

Miranda and Sheryl will be discussing what makes a great journalist.  They’ll be talking in particular about their friend and colleague Gavin Hills who died tragically in an accident in 1997. His writing inspired a generation of writers and is collected in Bliss to Be Alive, newly published.

Gavin Hills by Zed Nelson

Your host will be Idler Academy director Victoria Hull.

The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A.

It’s free.

Miranda Sawyer is an award-winning journalist who began her career at Smash Hits, moving on to write for Select, The Face and many other magazines. She is The Observer‘s audio critic and writes regularly on pop culture. She has written and presented several TV and radio documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 and presents Sound and Vision on BBC 6Music. She’s written two books – Park and Ride, and Out Of Time – and her third Long Term, is due to be published in 2021.

Sheryl Garratt was editor of The Face magazine 1988-95, and later editor of the Observer magazine. She now works as a coach as well as a writer, helping creatives of all kinds get the success (and the Idler life) they want, making work they love. Find her at www.thecreativelife.net

Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. His most recent books include – The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All That Matters (Hodder). He broadcasts on the BBC and can often be heard on Moral Maze. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England.

Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and author of How to be Idle, How to be Free and The Idle Parent. Other books include his account on living on a smallholding, Brave Old World, The Ukulele Handbook and a manual for creative entrepreneurs, Business for Bohemians.


Date: Thursday 28th May 2020

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Online via Zoom link

Cost: Free or donation if you wish

How to join: Register by clicking the ‘GET TICKETS’ button above