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This Week's Show is...
An Evening with Alan Johnson
Connaught Studio, Union Place, Worthing. BN11 1LG
Wednesday April 23- 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50, concessions £2 ff, Friends of Worthing Theatres £8.50
Box office: 01903 206 206 or online at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk
Alan Johnson, the Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle as well as former Home Secretary and Shadow Chancellor, visits Worthing’s Connaught Studio on April 23 to talk about his recent memoir and the challenging childhood which fuelled his political career.
Alan’s memoir, This Boy, was published last year and charts the troubled life of his family in post-war West London where they initially lived in two rooms with no electricity, no bathroom and no cooker. The book honours the memory of his mother Lily, who struggled to support her children while enduring continually failing health, abandonment by her husband, domestic abuse and poverty. It also pays tribute to his sister Linda who took on increasingly adult responsibilities throughout her childhood before finally assuming responsibility for Alan after their mother died when Linda was 16-years-old and Alan was 13.
The book covers Alan’s early life, leading up to 1968, and is set against a background of increasing poverty, Rachmanism and the Notting Hill race riots. As a story of his social mobility, it follows Alan’s school days, before moving into his years stacking shelves, as an aspiring musician which led him to release a single with his band The Area and then his time working as a postman before becoming a husband and father when he was 18.
Alan went on to join the trade union movement and became General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union before entering Parliament as the MP for Hull West and Hessle in 1997. He was Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010, before which he filled a variety of cabinet positions in both the Blair and Brown governments, including Health Secretary and Education Secretary. Until January 20 2011 he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The talk will cover all areas of Alan’s life but focus predominantly on the content of This Boy and lesser-known aspects such as his love of The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones as well as his return to music in the years since his departure from his role as the shadow chancellor.