by E Kate Marsden
What was your dream when you were younger? What or who did you want to be when you grew up? Who was or is your role model? For me, there was one person who stands out who motivated and inspired me, even, to want to become a journalist. That person is Kate Adie OBE.
I remember growing up watching the news with Kate as a regular fixture, reporting from war-torn, far-flung places, all over the world. Kate was often on the front line of reporting, right in the middle of the thick of the action, often with gunfire or battles raging on around her. More often than not, Kate would be wearing a bullet-proof vest as she told us in her assertive, distinctive voice what was happening around her.
Kate began her journalism career as a station assistant at BBC radio before moving on to regional and then national television reporting. For those that remember, Kate came to the nation’s attention as the first on the scene of the London Iranian Embassy siege in 1980, reporting live as she hid behind a car door whilst the SAS stormed the building.
Kate went on to report from war-zones and dangerous places all over the world, including Tiananmen Square, Sierra Leone and the Gulf War.
Since then Kate has been awarded an OBE DL and gone on to present From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4; she has also written several best-selling books.
Kate’s latest book is the one she will be discussing at a Huddersfield Literature Festival event on 13 March at the Town Hall: Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One.
I personally cannot wait to see Kate in the flesh and am very excited to have the chance to hear her speak about her life experiences and her work as an award-winning war reporter. She truly is an inspiration – not just for women but for anyone who puts themselves ‘in the line of danger’ for the greater good.
Hopefully, you will join me as I am sure it is an opportunity not to be missed.
Kate Adie In Conversation with Alison Fell
Town Hall (Huddersfield), Thursday 13 March, 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £4 (£2 conc) from the LBT box office: 01484 420 528