Rory Cellan-Jones – Ruskin Park: Sylvia, Me and the BBC

Tickets £10.50/£8.50




Can we ever know the truth about our parents and is it worth it, if the damage has already been done? Rory Cellan-Jones intimate memoir tells the story of a thwarted love affair, his isolated childhood growing up in a one bedroom flat with his mother, and the file he discovered after her death labelled, ‘Rory: in the hope that it will help him understand how it really was.’ It’s a story full of wartime radio broadcasts, glamorous 1950s television studios, and the progressive, centrifugal force at the centre of his family’s lives.

Chaired by Jacqui Hodgson


This event has sold out – to join the waiting list please contact the Box office on 01434 652477 


‘Almost unbearably moving, but never sentimental. A fascinating, intensely personal story, courageously told with unflinching honesty.’ – Adrian Chiles


Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
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Hexham Library

Location 2

Queen's Hall Art Centre


05 May 2024


3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

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