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Local News Matters Week event, Sunderland


Friday 24 March 2017

Starts at 12.30, with refreshments at 13.00.

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Sunderland Civic Centre, Burdon Rd, Sunderland SR2 7DN


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Bestselling novelist Philippa Gregory is to speak in Sunderland, as part of a panel discussing the importance of local journalism.

Philippa, whose historical novel Three Sisters, Three Crowns is at the top of the current bestsellers list, will be in the city on Friday, March 24.

Her previous books about life in Tudor England have included The Other Boleyn Girl, which was adapted into a major movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. Philippa is also a broadcaster, and a contributor to local radio and television programmes. She lives in the North East.

She will be joining Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott, award-winning Northern Echo columnist Mike Amos, and a team from Sunderland University's Media and Cultural Studies department for the free event.

There will also be an extract from the play Five Dead No Bodies, a local journalism comedy written by former Sunderland Echo and Shields Gazette editor Rob Lawson and Port of Tyne corporate affairs director Susan Wear.

The event is part of the National Union of Journalists' week-long campaign Local News Matters, and has been organised by the union's Sunderland, Shields and Hartlepool branch.

It will be chaired by David Baines, a former daily newspaper journalist who now lectures in journalism at Newcastle University and sits on the NUJ's professional training committee.

Panellists will be welcomed by Sunderland football writer, freelance and branch chairman Graeme Anderson, and there will be a chance for audience members to join in the debate.

The event starts at 1pm on Friday, March 24, in Sunderland City Council’s Civic Centre council chamber. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be available from 12.30pm.


John Bainbridge: 07753355177
John Bailey: 01429 264577
Graeme Anderson: 07739300692

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