Last week, students from the BA (Hons) Creative Writing course were visited by distinguished BBC journalist, author, and broadcaster, Kate Adie OBE.
Kate shared experiences from her varied career with students, from covering the Iranian Embassy hostage crisis in London in 1980, to front-line reporting in many of the world’s most war-torn countries.
In 1990, she earned the ‘Richard Dimbleby Award’ from BAFTA, that rewards outstanding presenting in the factual arena, and received royal recognition with an OBE in 1993.
Kate is a best-selling author of five books and has honorary degrees from many universities. She currently presents From Our Own Correspondent, on BBC Radio 4.
Kate attributed her time studying at Newcastle University, taking part in debates and protests, with when she began to ensure her opinions on matters were heard. Upon graduating, she secured a job at a local radio station, from where she worked her way up to regional television.
Kate explained to students that working in different departments in regional television and radio gave her invaluable experience for when she began working in national news. She learned to put people at ease and achieve a ‘natural’ response when being interviewed.
She described how the world of national journalism taught her to write quickly and efficiently, prioritising what is important and discarding the rest.
The visit from Kate provided highly beneficial advice for AUB’s aspiring writers. She explained how important it is to note down details, rather than simply relying on a camera to capture what you see before you. In addition to interview and writing tricks, Kate emphasised how a positive attitude and never saying ‘no’ to a job had served her well.
She advocated never passing up on an interesting job or task, and always keeping your ears pricked for an interesting story.
STILL TO COME
Kate Adie is one of an exciting line-up of guest speakers for BA (Hons) Creative Writing students, which also includes Guardian Book of the Year Award-winning poet Andrew McMillan, internationally celebrated poet and playwright Inua Ellams, and Lucy Morris from Curtis Brown, Europe’s largest Literary Agency.
Images left to right: Kate Adie OBE with BA (Hons) Course Leader, James Cole; Kate Adie talking to the students; BA (Hons) Creative Writing students taking in Kate’s words of wisdom.