Justin Webb - The Gift of a Radio

Justin Webb, radio royalty and the longest serving presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme Today, joins us to talk candidly about a childhood that was far from ordinary.

The Gift of a Radio is Justin’s unsparing and darkly funny memoir that draws on the themes of mental health, masculinity, grief, childhood guilt and what privilege looks like. Between his mother’s undiagnosed psychological problems, and his step-father’s untreated ones, life at home was dysfunctional at best.  But with gun-wielding school masters and sub-standard living conditions, Quaker boarding school wasn’t much better.

For the best part of four decades, Justin has been a voice on the airwaves or a presence on our TV screens.  He is a former war correspondent and for eight years he was the BBC chief correspondent in Washington DC.  Among his awards is Politicial Journalist of the Year, which he won for his coverage of the Obama presidential campaign.

Interviewing Justin will be Jeremy Vine.  Jeremy is a presenter, broadcaster, journalist and author.  He is also a patron of the festival

This event is sponsored by Harland & Wolff

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