Ex-Sunderland MP gives a very public lecture

Released: Tuesday 30th October 2012 at 11:30

AUTHOR, journalist, former MP and Labour minister Chris Mullin will talk about his widely acclaimed diaries as part of the University of Sunderland’s year-long public lecture series.

The ex-Sunderland South MP has produced three volumes of diaries charting his life in Government: “A View from the Foothills", "Decline and Fall" and "A Walk-On Part", which cover the rise and fall of New Labour, from the night of Labour leader John Smith’s death in May 1994 to Gordon Brown’s departure from Downing Street.

Mr Mullin is also the author of three novels the best known of which, “A Very British Coup” was made into a successful television series.    “Secret State”, a new four-part television series, inspired by “A Very British Coup”, starts on Channel 4 on Wednesday, November 7th.  It stars Gabriel Byrne, Charles Dance and Gina McKee.

Mr Mullin’s talk is the latest in the University’s public lecture series, featuring some of the UK’s most respected figures from the world of sport, television, film, science and literature, which began earlier this month with a hugely successful lecture by sporting legend and University Chancellor Steve Cram.

The series will continue into 2013 with a who’s who of celebrated national figures including former filmmaker David Puttnam, scientist and documentary maker Robert Winston, children’s writer Terry Deary, ITV news presenter Alastair Stewart, former Education Secretary Baroness Estelle Morris, crime writer Val McDermid and BBC historian Michael Wood.

The lectures, which are free to the general public, aim to inform and stimulate debate, as well as entertain.

Mr Mullin will be speaking at the University on Thursday, November 8, in the Murray Library Lecture Theatre, Chester Road, Sunderland, at 6.30pm, this will be followed by a book-signing session.

To book your place at one of the FREE University of Sunderland Public Lectures log on to: http://onlinestore.sunderland.ac.uk/

For more information, email: events@sunderland.ac.uk or contact (0191) 515 3383.

All public lectures take place in the Lecture Theatre, Murray Library, City Campus, Chester Road, Sunderland. Guests are asked to arrive at 6pm - for a 6.30pm start. Refreshments can be purchased at the Starbucks coffee shop, situated in the library foyer.

Val McDermid is next to give her talk: A Life in Crime, on Thursday, December 6. The award-winning author has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and has claimed the CWA Gold Dagger award; the LA Times Book of the Year Award; The Stonewall Writer of the Year and the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 2009 she was inducted into the Crime Thriller Hall of Fame. The popular ITV series Wire in the Blood was based on Val’s books. Val’s talk will be followed by a signing of her new book, The Vanishing Point.

For further information go to: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/publiclectures