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Jeremy Bowen

Jeremy Bowen to deliver peace lecture

January 17, 2016 | Nick Taylor

Jeremy Bowen, the BBC Middle East Editor, is to visit Warrington (Thursday 24th March 2016) to deliver a peace lecture and everyone is invited to join us to hear his unique experience and thoughts about peace.

On 20th March, the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace will be commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the IRA bombing in Warrington, and against that background will again renew its call for peace and celebrate its 21st year operating as a charity.  Jeremy has agreed to deliver a peace lecture as part of the commemorations.

The Peace Lecture takes place on Thursday 24th March 2016 – doors 19:00 – event 19:30 – 21:30.  Entrance through pre-booked and reserved ticket only – light refreshments will be served.  The event takes place at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre, Peace Drive, Warrington, WA5 1HQ.  The Peace Centre is ten minutes from the M62 junction 9 via the A49 and A574.  The centre has parking facilities and is accessible.  We are sited near to a number of bus routes from Warrington Interchange.  Rail links from east and west arrive at Warrington Central some 2.5 miles from the Centre – we recommend ABBA Cars (01925) 444444 or download their App.  North South West Coast mainline and Welsh services arrive at Warrington Bank Quay Stations just over one mile away from the Centre – there is a tax rank at the station exit.  All bookings via Eventbrite.

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Jeremy Bowen joined the BBC in 1984 and has been a war correspondent for much of his career, starting with El Salvador in 1989.  He has reported from more than 70 different countries, predominantly in the Middle East and in the Balkans. He reported from Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Bosnian War there, and from Kosovo during the 1999 conflict, during which he was robbed at gunpoint by bandits.

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Bowen has been under fire on assignment a number of times. In what he was later to describe as the pivotal moment of his life, a colleague and friend was killed on 23 May 2000 in Lebanon.  This took place while Bowen was covering the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) pullout from Lebanon.  Jeremy Bowen suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and retreated from the frontline, moving to work in the studio as a presenter, hosting the daily news and entertainment morning show Breakfast with Sophie Raworth between 2000 and 2002. He was also a guest host on the satirical panel game Have I Got News for You, and presented the BBC’s 2001 three-part series Son of God, an investigation into the life of Jesus. He also presented Moses in 2002, a similar documentary that chronicled the life of Moses.

Given the chance to cover the 2003 invasion of Iraq from Baghdad, a city he knew well, he turned it down.  Nonetheless, Bowen subsequently returned to the field in March 2003, as a special correspondent, during which time he covered the death of Pope John Paul II. He became the BBC’s first Middle East Editor when the position was created in June 2005 after the 2004 Balen Report on the BBC’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to provide a broader perspective on wider Middle East issues and to add context to the reporting of events on the ground.

On 11 May 2008, Bowen and his camera operator again came under fire in Mount Lebanon. Nobody was injured and the incident was caught on camera.

In February 2011, Bowen became the first British journalist to interview Muammar Gaddafi since the start of the 2011 Libyan civil war against him and the government.

On 5 July 2013, while reporting for the BBC the protests in Egypt regarding the former president Morsi, he was shot in the head with shotgun pellets. He escaped without major injury and was taken away by his colleagues and bandaged up.

He is currently one of the few journalists to have been inside Syria reporting on the crisis. In February 2015, he spoke with President Bashar al-Assad about the on-going Syrian conflict during an exclusive BBC interview.

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The Peace Lecture over the years has included contributions from many international figures including ex-Prime Ministers, serving Cabinet members, peace advocates and journalists.  The last lecture was delivered by Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA.

Please join us at the Peace Lecture.

Thanks to Wikipedia for Jeremy’s biography.  Please note – Jeremy is a working journalist and can be assigned abroad.  In the highly unlikely event that this event is postponed and cancelled we will inform you immediately and full refunds will be given of any donation made.