'In My Life': Alan Johnson in Conversation
With Stephen Walker
Presented in conjunction with Open House Festival, Bangor
Alan Johnson is best known for serving as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010. Before that, he filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in both the Blair and Brown governments, including Health Secretary and Education Secretary. Until 20 January 2011 he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.
His childhood memoir, This Boy, was published in 2013 and won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Orwell Prize, Britain's top political writing award. This was followed by two more volumes of memoirs: Please Mr Postman (2014) and The Long and Winding Road (2016), which won the Parliamentary Book Award for Best Memoir.
Alan retired before the 2017 general election after 20 years as an MP and in September 2018 his latest book, In My Life - A Music Memoir, was launched at Studio 2, Abbey Road where the Beatles made almost all of their records.
In the bestselling and award-winning tradition of* This Boy, *In My Life vividly transports us to a world that is no longer with us – a world of Dansettes and jukeboxes, of heartfelt love songs and heart-broken ballads, of smoky coffee shops and dingy dance halls. From Bob Dylan to David Bowie, from Lonnie Donnegan to Bruce Springsteen, all of Alan's favourites are here. As are, of course, his beloved Beatles, whom he has worshipped with undying admiration since 1963.
We are delighted to welcome Alan to The Helicon to talk books, music and maybe a little politics with BBC NI's political reporter Stephen Walker.
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