The Times named Gavin a ‘leading cultural historian’. His projects span various periods and disciplines, though he is well known for his work on Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Gavin’s first book, A Home for All Seasons, was published by Atlantic Books in 2022. It was launched at the Hay Festival and at Wigmore Hall and has been widely acclaimed. ‘What starts out as a straightforward house history’, according to Literary Review, ‘morphs into something else, a wide-ranging meditation on place and past, taking in climate change, rural depopulation, the Reformation and folklore.’ Country Life described it as ‘a richly textured book, replete with illuminating discoveries and observations’.
Gavin lectures widely and has recently given talks for the National Trust, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the National Theatre, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, the British Museum, Tate, the BBC Proms, the Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall (including his Inside the Score series and presenting Live Streams), the Royal Opera House, the Philharmonia and the CBSO, in addition to being an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society.
Born in Dundee in 1981, Gavin is half-Welsh, half-English. He studied at Keble College, Oxford and began his career at Covent Garden immediately after graduating. After a decade in the theatre industry, Gavin became freelance. He lives in Herefordshire with his husband and their dogs.
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Text © Gavin Plumley, 2022.
Photographs © Theresa Pewal, 2017.