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Justin Webb - The Gift of a Radio: My Childhood and other Train Wrecks Chaired by Ruth Wishart

Justin Webb - The Gift of a Radio: My Childhood and other Train Wrecks Chaired by Ruth Wishart

Justin Webb - The Gift of a Radio: My Childhood and other Train Wrecks Chaired by Ruth Wishart

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£11 (£10 ticket charge plus 10% booking fee)
Adult, Over 14s only. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
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Dates and times

Saturday 21 May 2022
4:45PM - 5:45PM

The candid, unsparing and darkly funny memoir from the Radio 4 broadcaster and journalist.

 Justin Webb's childhood was far from ordinary. Between his mother's un-diagnosed 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.

And the backdrop to this coming of age story? Britain in the 1970s. Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Free. Strikes, inflation and IRA bombings. A time in which attitudes towards mental illness, parenting and masculinity were worlds apart from the attitudes we have today. A society that believed itself to be close to the edge of breakdown.

His memoir is a portrait of personal and national dysfunction. So was it the brutal experiences of his upbringing, or an innate ambition and drive that somehow survived them, that shaped the urbane and successful radio presenter we know and love now?

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Venue

Mitchell Library

North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN