Doris Lessing gives the Monique Beudert Memorial Lecture, part of a series that focus on literary writers and their relationship with visual culture.



Lessing is the author of over fifty books including The Golden Notebook (Michael Joseph, 1962), Briefing for a Descent into Hell (Jonathan Cape, 1971), Time Bites (4th Estate, 2004) and, most recently, The Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog (4th Estate, 2005). Appointed a Companion of Honour by the Queen (1999) and a Companion of Honour of the Royal Society of Literature (2001), she has been awarded the David Cohen British Literature Prize (2001), as well as a host of other prestigious international awards. Lessing discusses the relationship between painting and literature and explores how visual imagery has shaped her work.