Colin Thubron


Colin Thubron is the president of the Royal Society of Literature. Among his books are The Lost Heart of Asia, Shadow of the Silk Road, and, most recently, To a Mountain in Tibet. (December 2013)

  • When the Ruins Were New

    July 6, 2013

    In February 1862 the eldest son of Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII, embarked on a four-and-a-half month journey through the Middle East. Among the party was the photographer Francis Bedford, who in over 190 prints produced one of the earliest photographic records of the region.

  • The Royal Ballet performs 'Metamorphosis: Titian 2012'

    July 14, 2012 — July 20, 2012, 7:30 pm

    The Royal Ballet reimagines paintings—the three great Titian canvases of the goddess Diana—in dance.

  • Rowan Williams Speaks

    June 20, 2012, 7 pm — 8:30 pm

    On June 20th the arrestingly erudite Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, will be speaking at the Royal Society of Literature.

  • Immrama Literary Festival

    June 8, 2012 — June 10, 2012

    The small Immrama Literary Festival, dedicated to travel writing, will celebrate the work of Patrick Leigh Fermor, who died last year.

  • Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

    June 3, 2012, 2 pm — 6 pm

    Royal euphoria peaks on June 3rd, when a flotilla of 1,000 flag-decked steamers, galleys and pleasure craft float down the Thames, headed by the Queen at the age of 85.

  • Shakespeare's Life and Work, The Oskar Kristeller Lecture

    April 29, 2012, 3:30 pm

    A challenging look at the application of chronology to both Shakespeare’s life and work will be given at this year’s Oskar Kristeller Lecture at Columbia University.