Friday 6 October 2017
A Talk by Kate Adie OBE DL, former BBC Chief New Correspondent
At King’s College, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3LA
By kind permission of the Headmaster, Richard Biggs
Kate Adie has been reporting from the where the action is since the SAS broke the Iranian Embassy siege in London in 1980 when Kate gave a running commentary on it to millions of watchers and listeners while crouching behind a car door. Kate has had a stellar career in radio and TV broadcasting over three decades and is the author of five best-selling books, some on the role of women in war and on the home front.
Having been born and brought up in the North East, Kate carved out a career in BBC radio and television, graduating through Bristol, Plymouth and Southampton before reaching London as one of a handful of women in the national news room. Ever since the Iranian Embassy Siege, she has travelled light, gone to the front of the action and led a seemingly charmed path through the world’s trouble spots. For a generation, Kate was almost synonymous with the news. But through it all, she has never lost a love of the English countryside and of books.
Her 2003 autobiography ‘The Kindness of Strangers’ was followed by ‘Corsets to Camouflage: Women and War’. Next came ‘Nobody’s Child’, a history of foundling children and an exploration of questions of identity. In 2009 ‘Into Danger’ looked at people who risk their lives for their work, and ‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’ is her latest book. All her books will be available to buy on the night, courtesy of Brendon Books of Bath Place.
Doors open at 6:30pm, talk begins at 7pm.
Tickets: £20 each (includes welcome drink on arrival)