PREVIEW – An evening with John Grundy, Arts Centre Washington

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SPEND an evening with John Grundy at Arts Centre Washington next month.

For more than 25 years John has been making popular radio and TV programmes about the bizarre and beautiful, awesome and occasionally useless buildings of the North of England.

With a keen eye for architectural oddities and a passion for their history and heritage, he’s become one of the best-known personalities in Cumbria and the North East

Now he’s planning to share his experiences of the castles and cowsheds, palaces and pubs, churches and chippies he’s explored over the years.

John started out on Townscape from the BBC in Newcastle in the 1980s, moving on to Tyne Tees with series such as Grundy Goes, Grundy’s Wonders, Grundy’s North and Grundy’s Northern Pride, all of which attracted huge regional audiences.

Now he’s back on the BBC with a regular buildings slot on Look North. His radio work includes a great many programmes for Radio 2, Radio 4 and Local Radio, and he’s made numerous audio books about people and places in the North.

John is also a prolific writer on his subject, with books ranging from his work on a current edition of Pevsner’s Northumberland to Northern Pride, the Very Best of Northern Architecture, plus countless newspaper and magazine articles.

l An Evening with John Grundy comes to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday, June 7, 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.50, £6 (conc) and are available from www.artscentrewashington.co.uk or by calling tel. 219 3455.PRE