Peter Rhodes TD
Close encounters with warfare, celebrities and two Royal Weddings and a Funeral
Following the Government’s announcements of 16 March, Codsall Arts Festival Committee has agreed with Peter Rhodes that the performance on Tues 31st March will not take place due to circumstances beyond our control (coronavirus).
There can’t be many of us who are unfamiliar with the thought-provoking and frequently entertaining musings of Peter Rhodes and so it is with great pleasure that we welcome him to Codsall this evening. Peter will talk about recent wars and then lighten the evening with anecdotes of famous people he has interviewed.
Born in Yorkshire and raised in Warwickshire, Peter Rhodes joined his local newspaper, the Leamington Spa Courier, more than 50 years ago. Completing his apprenticeship, he went on to work on the Yorkshire Evening Press, Coventry Evening Telegraph and the Birmingham Post & Mail before joining the Express & Star as a feature writer in 1985.
His UK reportage has included hundreds of celebrity interviews, two royal weddings and Princess Diana’s funeral, while overseas assignments took him to 40 countries covering the first Palestinian Intifada, the first Gulf War, the Siege of Sarajevo, the post-war Falklands, Hong Kong, Vietnam and the North Pole.
Peter has a string of awards including Press Gazette Regional Feature Writer of the Year and was twice highly commended at the British Press Awards.
He writes a daily column / blog which appears online and in the Express & Star, Shropshire Star, Jersey Evening Post and the MNA weeklies. It was voted UK Regional Blog of the Year in 2014.
Peter Rhodes served in the Territorial Army from 1976-1992 and holds the Territorial Decoration.
The audience will be invited to ask questions.
“The qualities of a journalist? Rat-like cunning, a plausible manner and a little literary ability” – Nicholas Tomalin