Terry Waite joins Gavin Esler for In Conversation series

Terry Waite CBE, humanitarian and former envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is the next guest in the University’s popular In Conversation series at the Gulbenkian on Tuesday 3 October at 6.30pm.

In Conversation events consist of an informal conversation between the guest and the University’s Chancellor, former BBC journalist and author Gavin Esler. Audience members can participate in the conversations by submitting questions in advance via Twitter using #GavinAsks or email at events@kent.ac.uk.

Terry Waite was the Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, in the 1980s. After successfully negotiating the release of hostages in Iran and Libya in the early 1980s, he was himself taken hostage in Lebanon where he was held, often in solitary confinement, for 1,763 days. Following his release in 1991, he has dedicated his life to study, writing and humanitarian work.

Launched in 2015, In Conversation guests have included Dame Diana Rigg DBE, crime writer Ian Rankin OBE, comedian Jo Brand, and film critic Mark Kermode. Other guests in this series are:

  • Author, commentator and political activist Owen Jones on Monday 23 October
  • Bestselling children’s author Francesca Simon on Saturday 28 October
  • Conservative politician The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP on Friday 3 November

For further information and bookings for In Conversation events, please visit the In Conversation website https://www.kent.ac.uk/events/in-conversation.html

Tickets cost £5 (£4 for students). All proceeds will go towards the Kent Opportunity Fund.

Full recordings of previous In Conversation events are available on the University’s YouTube channel.