Sunderland talk series opens window of discovery for Wearsiders

Author and Illustrator Bryan Talbot pictured at Sunderland University.
Author and Illustrator Bryan Talbot pictured at Sunderland University.
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WEARSIDERS will get the low-down on everything from writing and art to sport and broadcasting from leading figures in their field.

The University of Sunderland’s Discover Series will be returning in the new academic year.

Major figures from fields such as writing, entertainment, art, sport and broadcasting will discuss their careers and industries.

Running throughout the year, the lectures aim to inform and entertain, as well as generate debate.

The series will open with guest speaker Bryan Talbot, a renowned graphic novel artist and writer most famous for The Adventures of Luthur Arkwright, Alice in Sunderland and, more recently, the Grandville series.

Bryan, who is also an honorary graduate of the University of Sunderland, will be debating industry trends and his work with comic giants such as Judge Dredd and also Batman, which he worked on for DC Comics in the United States.

The talk will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday, October 8, in the Murray Library Lecture Theatre in Chester Road and will be followed by a book signing.

Bryan said: “It’s always good to be able to do something for the university which gave me my honorary degree in the arts. I hope that they’ll find it educational and entertaining.”

Future speakers lined up include Malcolm Gerrie from the music entertainment industry who worked on iconic North-East show The Tube and was the creative drive behind the Brit Awards for eight years.

Paralympic gold medalist, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, television agony aunt Denise Robertson and former athlete Steve Cram will also be giving talks, which are all free.

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