The Tyranny of the Deadly Deadline

The Tyranny of the Deadly Deadline
Time: 11.30 – 13.00
Date: Saturday 4 May
Location: The Grainstore
Price €25.00

Panel Discussion


Four noted journalists with a weekly deadline for their respective publications will discuss the pressure, the pleasure, the pain and the peculiarities of this form of writing. Rowley Leigh, Jancis Robinson MW and Nick Lander all write for the Financial Times and Rachel Allen writes for the Sunday Independent.  How do they do this?

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Rowley Leigh is the chef proprietor of Le Café Anglais and is one of the founding fathers of modern British cooking. After Cambridge University he tried his hand at farming and novel writing before falling into cooking ‘almost by accident’ in 1977. After a couple of years at the Joe Allen restaurant, he went to work with the Roux brothers at Le Gavroche in 1979.

Jancis Robinson MW, is one of a handful of wine communicators with an international reputation. She writes daily for first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world.

She is editor of ‘The Oxford Companion to Wine’; co-author with Hugh Johnson of ‘The World Atlas of Wine’, and co-author of  recently published ‘Wine Grapes, a complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours’. Each of these books is recognised as a standard reference worldwide. She is an award-winning TV presenter and is invited all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge.

Nick Lander restaurant critic and writer at The Financial Times, fell into the restaurant business when, in 1980, he bought l’Escargot in London, a restaurant which was to become one of the capital’s most renowned and best loved eateries.

In 1988 he became the restaurant correspondent for The Financial Times, a role he fulfils to this day, and where in 1993 he initiated the first British restaurant promotion, Lunch for a Fiver.

Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and left home at eighteen to study at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School. Rachel is now a busy TV chef, author, journalist and mother, and still teaches at Ballymaloe.

Rachel is the author of ten bestselling cookery books, which include Rachel’s Favourite Food at Home and Rachel’s Food for Living. Rachel is columnist and contributor to a number of Irish publications, including The Sunday Tribune magazine, and is often featured in articles and interviews in the media.