Bright Star in a Dark Chamber

Lady Jowell, Lord (Robin) Renwick, Janet Suzman

23/02/2015
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Armed with relentless determination and biting wit, anti-apartheid legend Helen Suzman fought the white male establishment to form a groundbreaking human rights campaign. Robin Renwick, former British Ambassador to South Africa discusses Helen Suzman’s extraordinary life and achievements with her daughter, art historian Frances Suzman Jowell and niece, actress and director Janet Suzman, facilitated by Rebecca Taylor, editor of Jewish Renaissance.

Janet Suzman


Oscar Nominated Janet Suzman DBE has played most of Shakespeare’s women, has starred in a wide range of classical and modern drama onstage and on TV, has appeared in some notable films, has worked as a director both here and in South Africa land of her birth, and is happy to know and admire David Piemer.

Lady Jowell

Lady Jowell is an art historian. An authority on 19th century French art and art criticism and on the interpretation of 17th century Dutch art, she has published on Thoré-Bürger (the French political journalist and art critic who rediscovered Vermeer), on Impressionism, and on the French artist Géricault, among other topics.

Lord (Robin) Renwick

Lord (Robin) Renwick is a crossbench peer in the House of Lords. During a long and illustrious career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he has been Ambassador to both South Africa and the US.

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor is the editor of Jewish Renaissance magazine. She has interviewed everyone from David Cameron to Jesse Jackson in a career that started at the Japan Times in Tokyo. She went on to work at The Guardian and as News Editor for Time Out London before taking up her role at Jewish Renaissance in 2014.