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News release - Issued by York Literature Festival

Michael Portillo to appear at York Literature Festival 2016

Politician and train enthusiast will be at National Railway Museum for a one-off event.

Michael Portillo, politician, broadcaster and train enthusiast, will appear at the National Railway Museum in York, as part of the 2016 York Literature Festival. The event will take place at 8pm on Friday 11th March in Station Hall at the nationally-recognised museum. It is the first time Michael Portillo has appeared at the festival, and the first collaboration between the festival and the National Railway Museum since 2008.

Michael Portillo is best known for his role in politics. He worked for the Conservative Party between 1976 and 1982, and entered the House of Commons in 1984. After losing his seat in 1997, he became a prominent figure in the media, before returning to the Commons between 2000 and 2005.

Having now officially left politics, Michael has turned his hand to writing and broadcasting. He regularly appears on BBC 1’s This Week and Radio 4’s The Moral Maze. He has made documentaries for BBC2 including Great Britsih Railway Journeys and Michael Becomes a Single Mum.

Michael has carved a name for himself in print, having a weekly column in The Sunday Times for six years, and writing for The New Statesman as a theatre critic. The event in York will see Portillo tell the story of his the extraordinary career. From his rise in politics, to his charity and arts work, Michael will be revealing all about what he’s seen behind the scenes over the years, and the choices he’s made.

At the end of the evening, the audience will have the opportunity to ask Michael any questions about his life and career. Join him for the evening and discover how this very high profile political figure went on to endear himself to the general public.

Miles Salter, Director of York Literature Festival, said: 'We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the National Railway Museum for this special event. I'm sure many people will want to hear Michael Portillo talking about his life in politics and his passion for train travel. It will be a festival highlight for 2016.'

Tickets for the York event are priced £18.50 and available from York Theatre Royal box office - 01904 623568. The event takes place at 8p.m. and doors open at 7.30p.m. The 2016 Festival runs from 10th - 23rd March with events at venues across York City Centre.



York Literature Festival started in 2007. Previous guests have included Dr David Starkey, Germaine Greer, John Humphrys, Professor Robert Winston, Kate Atkinson, Carol Ann Duffy and Tony Benn.

For interview requests, please contact Festival Director Miles Salter. Email: and phone 01904 412892 (Not for broadcast please!)