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An evening with Alan Bennett

The University is to host this year's Edward Boyle Memorial Lecture in the Great Hall on 7th December. The evening will feature a reading by Alan Bennett who will afterwards answer audience questions.

Tickets for the event are free but will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. As they will be in high demand staff and students can apply for a maximum of two tickets. Please e-mail your name and address to with 'EBML' in the subject heading of the message.

Alan Bennett was born in Armley in 1934 and studied at Oxford University where his talent for drama and comedy was showcased by the famous Footlights society.

He has been an actor, director, broadcaster, and written for stage, television, radio and film. He has received considerable critical and popular acclaim with his best known works including The Madness of King George, Kafka's Dick and TV's Talking Heads series. His play, The History Boys, won three Olivier Awards in 2005 and was adapted into a film the following year. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Leeds in 1990.

The Edward Boyle Memorial Lecture commemorates former Minister for Education Lord Boyle of Handsworth, who served as Vice-Chancellor at Leeds for over a decade until his death in 1981.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts (RSA).

For further information: 

Please contact the University of Leeds Press Office on +44 (0)113 343 4031 or email

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