To mark the centenary of the birth of Mervyn Peake (1911-1968), author of the Gormenghast trilogy, his son, Sebastian Peake, presented this illustrated talk at The National Archives.

The talk covers Mervyn Peake's fascinating life as an author, poet, playwright, book illustrator and artist, and includes a rare chance to see a display of all of the original Mervyn Peake wartime artworks held by The National Archives. A selection of these artworks are on display in the museum at The National Archives until the end of 2011.

The event was organised by the Friends of The National Archives.

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