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Jim Thompson and Thai Silk - CANCELLED Denise Heywood Tuesday 02 June 2020

THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Denise Heywood is an author, lecturer and journalist specializing in the art and culture of South East Asia.

This lecture tells the story of Jim Thompson, an American army officer who arrived in Bangkok in 1945 and decided to stay. He did much to resuscitate the Thai silk industry. He created robes for the Thai royal family, costumes for films (like ‘The King and I’), and silk fabrics for temples and for his own teakwood house. In twenty years of living and working in Thailand he became very famous…but then, in 1967, he mysteriously disappeared and has never been seen since.

Reading: ‘Jim Thompson – the unsolved mystery’ by William Warren  ( Archipelago 1998)