The Stanwix Theatre at the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts campus will be transformed into a television studio on the evening of Thursday 12 October 2017. In homage to Border Television’s 1980’s daytime chatshow ‘Look Who’s Talking’ fronted by Border stalwart Derek Batey, ‘An Evening with Fiona Armstrong’ will be hosted by one of Carlisle’s best known citizens, John Myers. John will be looking back at Fiona’s extensive career in the media and will feature extracts of footage held in the ITV Border Archive. Students will work alongside former Border TV staff in a number of roles, gaining valuable professional experience and media production skills.
Fiona Armstrong is an award-winning broadcaster and writer. A former ITN and BBC news presenter and reporter, her work has taken her to Africa, Cambodia, America and right across Europe. She focuses on news and current affairs and has made films on subjects ranging from the environment and politics to social issues. She fronted the American NBC business show, ‘Executive Lifestyles’ and on the features side, has presented programmes on antiques and cooking. She is a well-known angler and presented a TV series, 'Fiona on Fishing', as well as Sky TV’s 'Tight Lines' programme. Celtic history is an interest - she has a PHD in ‘Highlandism’ - and she has made films on Scottish clans. She is currently presenting ‘Border Life’, a weekly current affairs programme for ITV Border.
Fiona is a judge for the Lakeland Book of the Year and patron of the Bookmark Book Festival. She is involved with several charities, including the NSPCC, Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice, ‘Angling for Youth Development’, ‘Second Chance’ and ‘Community Integrated Care.’ As Lady MacGregor of MacGregor, Fiona is married to the Chief of Clan Gregor. She is the Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries. Her hobbies are fishing, cooking, and walking her two naughty dogs.
The evening starts at 6.00pm with a drinks reception kindly sponsored by one of the regions leading law firms, Cartmell Shepherd. Donations, in lieu of an entry fee, will be requested on the night with proceeds to the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw.
An Evening with Fiona Armstrong in conversation with John Myers
Thursday 12 October 2017, 6.00pm
Stanwix Theatre, University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road Campus, CA3 9AY
Tickets: FREE but booking is recommended as tickets are limited.