REVIEW – “An Evening with Michael Buerk”

The audience who gathered for “An Evening with Michael Buerk” was not disappointed as Michael gave a wonderful, funny and humorous account of his life as one of the UK’s leading journalists.

Most of the audience I suspect, were not quite sure what to expect when Michael was introduced on stage by BBC Wales news reporter Nick Palit, but the audience was soon won over by his relaxed presenting style. Straight from the start he had the audience on side as his very funny tales of his life in the media were told as if he was a full time comedian! It wasn’t all fun and laughter, however as Michael also gave some very moving and graphic accounts of his time working across the globe including war zones and countries struck by famine, his news story that shook the world in 1984 when he reported on the Ethiopian famine.

After speaking for well over an hour ( it did not seem like it !) Michael came back after the interval and took questions from the audience compered by Nick Palit. From I’m a celebrity, news reading to reporting as a foreign correspondent the questions again allowed the audience an opportunity to learn more about his fascinating experiences. Without doubt an extraordinary life has been lived by Michael which he recounted in a modest but enthusiastic way – commenting that he would do it all again (his life as a foreign correspondent) but not the news reading!

A lovely evening and a lovely man, who after the event was over, was very happy to mix with everyone in attendance for a selfie or two.