Melvyn Bragg in Derry on Friday

Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg

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TV presenter and arts expert Melvyn Bragg will visit Derry on Friday head of the publication of his first novel in five years ‘Grace & Mary’.

Bragg, one of Britain’s pre-eminent broadcasters, writers and cultural commentators will be discussing his new work at First Derry Presbyterian Church at 7.30pm as part of the City of Culture programme.

‘Grace & Mary’ is a story of remarkable scope, stretching across three generations, telling the story of John and his elderly mother Mary. As Mary’s grip on the present declines, John reawakens her memories through music and photographs only to discover her painful longing for the mother she barely knew – Grace.

Supplementing Mary’s childhood memories with his own imagination, John reconstructs Grace’s life and gives Mary the chance to get to know the mother who had been absent from her life for so long.

Melvyn Bragg’s career has been punctuated by a series of media milestones from his 30-year stewardship of ‘The South Bank Show’ to a series of BBC Radio Four staples including ‘Start The Week.’

Bragg’s discussion of ‘Grace & Mary’ at First Derry Presbyterian Church is presented by Culture Company 2013.Tickets, priced £6.50, are available from the Culture Company box office at www.millenniumforum.co.uk.