Veteran broadcaster and journalist Michael Parkinson will be appearing at the Jersey Festival of Words this September.
‘An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson’ will celebrate the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The event – in which Sir Michael will be interviewed by his son Mike – will show highlights from the Parkinson archive and promises a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at Michael’s remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the top of those famous stairs, whilst reliving the best moments from a show that for many defined their Saturday night.
Known primarily for his role as an interviewer on ‘Parkinson’ (which aired from 1971 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2007) Sir Michael is also a prolific journalist and writer, and has recently published a memoir of footballing legend George Best, a paperback copy of which will be included in the event’s ticket price.
Now celebrating its fifth year since its inception, the Jersey Festival of Words will run across a variety of island venues between 25 and 29 September. As ever the five-day literary festival will feature talks and events by visiting and local writers, as well as writing competitions, workshops and a comprehensive schools programme.
Michael Parkinson’s event, which takes place at Jersey Opera House on Friday 27 September, will be sponsored by offshore law firm Carey Olsen.
“Having supported Jersey’s first Festival of Words in 2015, we have seen first-hand how the event has grown since that first year,” said Carey Olsen’s chairman John Kelleher. “The fact that it is able to attract the likes of Sir Michael Parkinson demonstrates how the Festival has established itself as not only a flagship event for Jersey but also the wider literary scene.”
Organisers will be revealing further details about this year’s festival in the weeks to come. More information on Jersey Festival of Words can be found at www.jerseyfestivalofwords.org.