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Libby Purves OBE - presenter of BBC Radio 4’s 'Midweek', 'The Times' columnist, broadcaster, author, speaker and corporate host.
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Libby was the youngest and first ever woman presenter of the 'Today' programme, and has presented 'Midweek' since 1983, as well as fronting 'The Learning Curve' all for BBC Radio 4. Libby is a major columnist for 'The Times' and writes for many other publications (including 'Woman and Home', 'Yachting Monthly' and 'Daily Mail' amongst others). She was awarded the O.B.E. for her services to journalism in 1999 and was Columnist of the Year in the same year. She accidentally edited 'The Tatler' for 6 months in 1982.
As a novelist she has written books on childcare and family life, as well as best selling novels. She has published her auto-biography and a memoir on radio. Libby Purves OBE is in demand for speaking engagements, as well as hosting events and awards. As the daughter of a travelling diplomat, she was educated in Israel, Bangkok, France, Johannesburg, Tunbridge Wells and at St Anne’s College Oxford, where she obtained a first class honours degree in English Language and Literature. Libby is married to the broadcaster Paul Heiney, and her interests are sailing, travelling and opera.