Robin Lustig: Is Anything Happening?
Chair: David Aaronovitch
In this highly personal memoir, both funny and poignant, Robin Lustig describes a career spanning more than 40 years, from his childhood as the son of German refugees to interviewing some of the world’s most revered and reviled leaders – from Mandela to Karadžić. The award-winning journalist and broadcaster has lived in, worked in and reported from more than 80 countries, including three years as the Observer’s Jerusalem correspondent. He was shot at in Pakistan, was in Berlin the day Germany was re-unified and in Moscow for the final day of the Soviet Union. He talks to David Aaronovitch about his life as a newsman.
Robin Lustig is a journalist and broadcaster. Between 1989 and 2012 he presented The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and Newshour on BBC World Service. Before joining the BBC, he worked for Reuters and the Observer, including three years as Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem. In 2013, he received the Charles Wheeler award for outstanding contribution to broadcast journalism, and in 2014 he was named independent blogger of the year.
David Aaronovitch is a columnist who was once President of the National Union of Students and a communist, but is now a radical moderate. He has worked in radio, TV, magazines and newspapers, and has written three books. His acclaimed memoir, Party Animals, about growing up as the child of Communists, is his most recent.