George Alagiah: From Haiti to Thurrock

EVEN THOUGH he has been busy reporting in Haiti, he will still be appearing at the Thameside Theatre tomorrow night (friday).

The BBC newsreader and journalist has been at the forefront of the disaster-struck island but will be returning today for what should be a fascinating lecture and discussion at the Thameside Theatre.

George Alagiah talks about his transformation from Tamil immigrant boy, from civil wartorn Sri Lanka to English man. It is a poignant journey that opens a window on a child’s struggle with his own cultural identity and the rigours of assimilation into a different world.

This is an intensely personal talk which tackles head on but in a humblingly civilised, and generous way some of the great challenges of multicultural Britain. Alagiah finds that the “sink or swim” atmosphere of his Portsmouth boarding school is a world away from what he sees as the “sadly separate development” of so many immigrant children today.

You will find this is much more than an autobiography, it is a stimulating assessment of what the UK can best offer immigrants and what they in turn can offer. The evening will be end with questions & answers & book signing.

Tickets are still available at the Box Office. Contact: 0845 300 5264

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