The issue raised at the John Golding conference yesterday was whether or not it was possible to be taken seriously as a writer and a painter with the presumption that if, like John, one was very successful as a writer, then one’s standing as a painter would suffer. Then I thought Lawrence Gowing was a brilliant writer. Maybe people didn’t rate him later as a painter. Ian McKeever is a very thoughtful writer. I think it has only enhanced an understanding of his painting. Tim Hyman is a significant historian of Sienese painting. Does it mean that people undervalue his painting ? Michael Craig-Martin has just published a volume of essays. Have we become more tolerant of painter’s writing ? Or is it that deep down Golding himself suffered anxieties about his painting, like Cartier Bresson devoting the second half of his life to drawing.