Sandi Toksvig – comedian, novelist, actor, broadcaster, show-off and international treasure – is embarking on her first major UK solo tour in years to celebrate the publication of her new novel ‘Valentine Grey’. Southbank Centre is lucky enough to be welcoming Sandi back to the Queen Elizabeth Hall this bank-holiday weekend on Saturday 25 August for one night only.
Having been a long-standing host of BBC Radio Four’s ‘News Quiz’ and ‘Excess Baggage’ and regular ‘QI’ panellist, Sandi presents a brand new, uniquely witty evening of stand-up, stories and fascinating facts.
Sandi will also be signing copies of her new book ‘Valentine Grey’ after the show in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer.
This week, Sandi has been at the Edinburgh Fringe performing the show. Here are a few pieces to whet your appetite ahead of Saturday’s show:
Sandi Toksvig on why the Fringe is great
‘The flat we rented which was so large we played golf in the hall.’ Read more here.
Five-minute festival: Sandi Toksvig’s guide to the Fringe.
What did you do 34 years ago at the Fringe?
The terrible thing is, I don’t remember. I know I was 20 years old, and I know it was a sketch show. It was in the basement of a church, and there were many pillars between the stage and the audience. Which would have been dreadful had the audience turned up. But they didn’t, which was good. Read more here.
Sandi Toksvig comes to Fringe with live show My Valentine
You write everything from kids to adult fiction, as well as an array of non-fiction. What inspires you?
I love writing. I think about who I’m writing for and I just do it. I’ve been inspired by the comments of a 12 year old girl, my own son, or just bits of history that inspire me. Different people and things inspire me: that’s how it should be I think to keep it interesting. My latest book, Valentine Grey[which inspired Toksvig’s latest tour] was inspired by a plaque in a church. Everything starts from something and then you just allow yourself to dive into another world. Read more here.