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Events for Wednesday 23rd of May 2018


An Audience With Alan Johnson

From the condemned slums of Southam Street in West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, Alan Johnson’s life is an extraordinary journey, almost unimaginable in today’s Britain.

Alan Johnson was General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union before entering Parliament as Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle in 1997. He served as Home Secretary and filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in both the Blair and Brown governments. His childhood memoir ‘This Boy’ won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Orwell Prize, Britain's top political writing award. His second volume of memoirs, ‘Please Mr Postman’ won the National Book Club award for Best Biography.