Kate Adie returns to Sunderland to give free talk on war, women and working as a journalist

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ONE of the country’s top award-winning journalists is returning to her home city of Sunderland to give a free lecture next week.

Kate Adie will present the talk at the University of Sunderland on Thursday, where she will discuss her career.

She will be talking about all those affected during the First World War, with a key focus on the women, and will sign copies of her book, Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One.

She will also discuss her remarkable career as a war correspondent and her life growing up in Sunderland. The public will have a chance to quiz her on her work and experience as part of a question and answer session.

Kate, who started her career as a journalist for BBC Radio Durham, is an Honorary Professor of Journalism at the university, as well as holding an Honorary Fellowship.

During her career she reported from some of the most dangerous places in the world, beginning with the London Iranian Embassy siege in 1980, reporting unscripted and live to one of the largest news audiences in history.

She went on to report on the American bombing of Tripoli in 1986, the Lockerbie bombing of 1988, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the Gulf War, the Rwandan Genocide and the war in Sierra Leone.

In 2003, Kate withdrew from front-line reporting, and works as a freelance journalist, public speaker, and presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4.

The former Sunderland High School pupil was awarded an OBE in 1993 and won the Richard Dimbleby Award from BAFTA in 1990.

Following the talk Kate will be signing copies of her latest book. Tickets for the talk in the Murray Library lecture theatre are free, but must be booked in advance at www.sunderland.ac.uk/discoverseries or calling 515 3169.