Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell’s broadcasting career continues into its fourth decade with her series for BBC Radio 3: Belief. She also appears on Radio 4’s Saturday Live, BBC 1’s Daily Politics, and ITV’s Sunday programme. Her latest play was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2007. Her first novel, All The Good Girls, was published in February 2009.

In July 2010, Joan presented a specially authored Panorama programme on which she explored the challenges ahead in caring for an ageing population, and made the point that the old keep on getting older.

In November 2010 she was made a working peer in the House of Lords.

Joan’s three areas of interest are : the arts, religion, and old age. She was BBC television’s arts correspondent throughout the 80’s, and was later on the board of the National Theatre, The Aldeburgh Festival, and Friends of the Tate. She is currently Chair of the theatre company Shared Experience and also of The National Campaign for the Arts.

In the 90’s Joan presented Heart of the Matter on BBC 1 – a programme that dealt with moral and religious dilemmas of our times. A selection of her interviews for her radio series Belief was published in 2005. In 2003 she began a column for the Guardian called Just Seventy.

In 2007 she published The View from Here: Life at 70. Joan Bakewell, who stepped down as the government’s Voice of Older People in April 2010, currently has a weekly column in the Independent each Friday.

Joan also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. She has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.