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The former MP and Labour government minister talks candidly about his life. Before entering parliament he reported from wars in Vietnam and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operation in Tibet. Author of acclaimed political diaries and three novels (including A Very British Coup), his successful campaign to free those convicted of the Birmingham bombings was described as 'one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative reporter'.Read More
Author, journalist and former minister, Chris Mullin discusses his recently published memoirs, 'Hinterland'.Read More
With the advent of Crossrail 2 this timely event examines the impact the railways have had on Britain's trade, tourism and time. A vital part of national life for nearly 200 years, the railways have transformed lives and landscapes. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions, the network also exerts a fascination all its own. Simon Bradley is one of Britain's foremost experts on the railways: his book was the Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2015 and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Join Simon on a journey through Britain's railways.Read More
Durham Book Festival favourite Chris Mullin returns to introduce his memoirs, Hinterland. All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who certainly did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and was the author of three novels, including the now classic A Very British Coup. Chris's three volumes of diaries have been widely acclaimed as the best account of the Blair years and his memoirs promise to be just as insightful.Read More
Chris Mullin is the former Labour MP for Sunderland South. By the time he entered Parliament aged 39 he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. His successful campaign to free the innocent people convicted of the Birmingham bombings was described as 'one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative reporter'. He is the author of three volumes of diaries, A View from the Foothills, A Walk-On Part and Decline and Fall, and the bestselling novel A Very British Coup, which was turned into an award-winning television series. Tonight we'll hear Chris talk about and read from his new autobiography, Hinterland - a wry and revealing memoir by one of our most acclaimed chroniclers of contemporary politics.Read More
Author, journalist and politician Chris Mullin reflects on a life that has seen him successfully campaign to free innocent people convicted of the Birmingham bombings, write three novels including the classic A Very British Coup, and serve as a minister in three departments during the Blair years. Mullin's widely acclaimed three volumes of diaries are regarded as one of the best accounts of the rise and fall of New Labour under Blair and Brown. He has now written his memoir, Hinterland. Mullin trained as a journalist on the Daily Mirror and went on to work on the Granada World in Action current affairs programme, where his investigative work was key in exposing the miscarriage of justice around the Birmingham Six, and as editor of the left-wing magazine Tribune. His first novel, A Very British Coup, published in 1982 and portraying the destabilising of a left wing government by the establishment, was turned into a Bafta and Emmy-winning television drama.Read More
O Sing Unto the Lord: A History of English Church Music Church music in all its forms is intrinsic to our culture. Its familiarity provides comfort and solace, both intimately and generally, to its many followers, church-goers or not. Andrew Gant considers this extraordinary popularity. Why does church music frequently top the classical charts? What is it that has made BBC's Choral Evensong the longest-running radio series ever? Andrew Gant is a composer, choirmaster, Oxford academic, author and church musician. Passionate about this subject, he traces its historical, cultural and political journey: from the mysteries of the Mass to the elegant decorum of the Restoration anthem, from stern Puritanism to Victorian bombast and finally to the fractured worlds of the twentieth century, as reflected in the music of Vaughan Williams and Britten. 'Andrew Gant's breadth of research and stylish, approachable writing add up to an indispensable guide to a great tradition - and a very good read' - Catherine Bott, presenter, Classic FMRead More
River Cottage forager and naturalist, John Wright, talks about the rich world of hedgerows and boundaries across Great Britain. Looking at hedgerows past and present, John Wright describes their origins, the craft in their creation, their long history and the way in which they have influenced and supported our landscapes and wildlife. His account is a fascinating amalgam of natural and cultural history brought vividly to life by his intimate knowledge of the countryside. John Wright is in conversation with Stephanie Cross.Read More
Author, journalist and politician Chris Mullin reflects on a life that has seen him successfully campaign to free innocent people convicted of the Birmingham bombings, write three novels including the classic A Very British Coup, and serve as a minister in three departments during the Blair years. Mullin's widely acclaimed three volumes of diaries are regarded as one of the best accounts of the rise and fall of New Labour under Blair and Brown. He has now written his memoir, Hinterland. Mullin trained as a journalist on the Daily Mirror and went on to work on the Granada World in Action current affairs programme, where his investigative work was key in exposing the miscarriage of justice around the Birmingham Six, and as editor of the left-wing magazine Tribune. His first novel, A Very British Coup, published in 1982 and portraying the destabilising of a left wing government by the establishment, was turned into a Bafta and Emmy-winning television drama. Mullin was MP for Sunderland South between 1987 and 2010 and held a number of high-profile roles including as a minister in departments for the environment, transport and the regions, for international development and in the Foreign Office. He was also chairman of the home affairs select committee. He is currently chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East and was a judge of the 2011 Booker Prize. Here he talks to writer and journalist Paul Blezard.Read More

Chris Mullin at Shire Hall

Date: 17 Oct 2016

Chris Mullin - an author, journalist and former MP, a minister in three departments and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee - will talk about his memoirs, Hinterland. All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operation in Tibet. He was the author of three novels, including the classic A Very British Coup. His successful campaign to free the innocent people convicted of the Birmingham bombings was described as 'one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative reporter'. Elected to parliament, aged 39, he quickly established himself as a fearless inquisitor before going on to become a minister in three departments. His three volumes of diaries have been widely acclaimed as the best account of the Blair years and the rise and fall New Labour. He left parliament in 2010 ('better to go while people are still asking why rather than when'). These are his memoirs. His books include three highly acclaimed volumes of diaries, "A View from the Foothills", "Decline and Fall" and "A Walk-On Part"; also the novel "A Very British Coup" which was made into an award-winning television series. He is an accomplished public speaker.Read More
'May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits.' This devastating Arab curse is just one from a sublime collection of the funniest, sharpest and rudest insults in history. From ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter, and drawing on bile from such masters as Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth I, Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill and Alistair Campbell, Parris shows that abuse can be an art form. There's no pleasure like a perfectly-turned put-down! If you are seeking an elegant riposte, planning a brutal verbal sledgehammer, or composing a withering letter, look no further. Matthew Parris, who worked at the Foreign Office before serving as MP and is now a columnist for The Times and the Spectator, provides a tantalising selection...Read More
Chris Mullin - author, journalist and former MP, will talk about his memoirs, Hinterland.Read More
There's no pleasure like a perfectly-turned put-down (when it's directed at somebody else, of course) but Matthew Parris's Scorn is sharply different from the standard collections. So here is a selection of the funniest, sharpest, rudest and most devastating insults in history, from ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter. Drawing on bile from such masters as Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth I, Boris Johnson, Groucho Marx, Princess Anne, Winston Churchill, Mae West and Alastair Campbell - which form an exchange between voices down the ages - Scorn shows that abuse can be an art form, and this collection includes extended literary invective as well as short verbal shin-kicks. Encompassing literature, art, politics, showbiz, marriage, gender, nationality and religion, Matthew Parris's sublime collection is the perfect companion for the festive season, whether you're searching for the perfect elegant riposte, the rudest polite letter ever written, or a brutal verbal sledgehammer.Read More

Chris Mullin at Brendan Books

Date: 20 Oct 2016

Chris Mullin at Brendan Books - details tbcRead More
Chris Mullin at Berwick Literary Festival discussing his later memoirs, Hinterland.Read More

In Therapy with Susie Orbach

Date: 29 Oct 2016

Get as near to the consulting room as you can in this performance of the intimate exchange in psychotherapy. In front of a live audience, Susie Orbach leads a therapy session with an actor briefed on a character to improvise, and shares insights into the therapy process. Inspired by the BBC Radio 4 programme In Therapy.Read More
Charles Foster at the Wantage Betjeman Literary FestivalRead More
IN THERAPY: How conversations with psychotherapists really work Susie Orbach in conversation with Jane Haberlin World-renowned therapist Susie Orbach is joined by Jane Haberlin to discuss what really goes on in the consulting room. This event marks the publication of Susie Orbach's In Therapy: How conversations with psychotherapists really work (November 2016), based on the BBC Radio 4 series. In Therapy explores what goes on in the process of therapy - what Orbach thinks, feels and believes about the people who seek her help - through five dramatised case studies. Replicating the improvised dialogue of the radio series as a playscript, Orbach offers us the experience of reading along with a session, while revealing what is going on behind each exchange between analyst and client. Insightful and honest about a process often necessarily shrouded in secrecy, In Therapy is an essential read for those curious about, or considering entering, therapy. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Susie Orbach is the founder of the Women's Therapy Centre of London; a former columnist for The Guardian; a visiting professor at the London School of Economics; and the author of Fat is a Feminist Issue (1978), which has sold over a million copies. She is probably the most famous psychotherapist to have set up couch in Britain since Sigmund Freud. She lives in London, near to Freud's last address and is a trustee of the Freud Museum. Jane Haberlin is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with extensive experience of working in therapeutic communities with adolescents and adults. She has previously worked at the Arbours Crisis Centre, the Women's Therapy Centre and was a founding member of the Relational School in London. Jane is a Partner at the Balint Consultancy providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples as well as executive coaching and organisational consultancy.Read More
Chris Mullin at Petwork Literary Festival - details tbcRead More
Charles Foster at the Bridport Literary FestivalRead More

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