Ned Palmer first experienced great cheese at Borough Market, helping to sell Trethowan’s Gorwydd Caerphilly (still one of his most beloved cheeses). This was a life changing moment that showed him his true calling as a cheesemonger.
Ned learnt his craft at Neal’s Yard Dairy, where he was sent to make cheese on farms and dairies across Britain and Ireland. It was during one of these visits, to Mary Holbrook’s farm in Somerset that he came up with the idea for A Cheesemonger’s History. There followed many more visits to cheesemakers, from Hawes Yorkshire Wensleydale to Milleens at the tip of County Cork, as well as long hours in the British Library, immersed in Celtic cheese folklore, monastic account books and the discovery of such joys as cheese piracy, cheese magic and Queen Victoria’s giant birthday Cheddar.
Ned lives in London with his wife, the novelist Imogen Robertson, many, many books about cheese, and a piano.
You can find Ned on Twitter @CheeseTastingCo
Ned Palmer website
TALKS BY KATE AT THE FESTIVAL
Deadly Queens, Blood and Scandal: the betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots
Saturday 30 March 17.30-18.30
Bestselling historian and broadcaster, Kate Williams, tells the story of Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I - of Mary's eventual betrayal, by forces around her, by herself and by her `cousin', examining letters and archives to create an electrifying new perspective on Mary and on Elizabeth and, ultimately, on the great sacrifices a woman must make to be a queen.