The Weakest Link’s Anne Robinson to speak at Literary Leicester event honouring the life of revered editor Alexander Chancellor

Posted by ew205 at Oct 06, 2017 04:34 PM |
Distinguished writers and journalists will celebrate Alexander Chancellor’s life and work on 15 November

A panel of esteemed writers and journalists will commemorate the life and work of Spectator editor Alexander Chancellor CBE on Wednesday 15 November at 4.00 pm.

The free public event kicks off this year’s Literary Leicester Festival- the University of Leicester’s annual celebration of the written and spoken word.

It will take place in the University of Leicester’s Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, in the Fielding Johnson Building, from 4.00 pm-5:30 pm.

Chaired by Alexander Waugh, a panel of guest speakers comprising Watchdog and The Weakest Link’s Anne Robinson, Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Ferdinand Mount and Craig Brown will discuss the impact that Alexander Chancellor had on their lives and the memories they share.

Alexander Chancellor passed away in January 2017, at the age of 77.

His journalistic and editorial career spanned over four decades and numerous publications, with long-running columns in the Guardian and Spectator.

Chancellor was editor of the Spectator from 1975 to 1984, of Time and Tide, the Independent Magazine, the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, the Oldie and the New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” section.

Director of the Literary Leicester Festival Professor Martin Stannard, from the University of Leicester’s School of Arts, said: “Alexander Chancellor was a legendary editor and columnist. This is an event not to be missed by anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes, and especially anyone interested in journalism as a career.

“Our panellists, famous in their own right as columnists, humourists, radio and TV presenters, were all good friends of Chancellor. Expect a lively and amusing discussion!”

Free tickets are available via eventbrite here

A full programme of 2017 Literary Leicester events can be found here:


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