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Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg, FRSL, FRTS (born 6 October 1939, in Wigton, Cumberland) is a British author and broadcaster. The Royal Society of Literature is the senior literary organisation in Britain. External link The Royal Society of Literature Categories: Literature stubs | Literature of the United Kingdom ... October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Wigton is a town in the county of Cumbria in England. ... Cumberland is one of the 39 traditional counties of England. ...



Bragg read Modern History at Wadham College, Oxford, to an Honorary Fellowship of which he was elected in 1995. The terms Modern World, Modern Period, New World, Modern Times, Progressive Age, Modern Age, or Modern Era are recognized by historians as being that period of time commencing after the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, after the mid-18th century. ... College name Wadham College Named after Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham Established 1610 Sister College Christs College Warden Sir Neil Chalmers JCR President Ben Jasper Undergraduates 460 MCR President David Patrikarakos Graduates 180 Homepage Boatclub Wadham College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. ...

He started his career in 1961 as a producer at the BBC; he moved into his role as writer and broadcaster in 1967. The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest public broadcasting corporation in the world. ... Note: broadcasting is also the old term for hand sowing. ...

He is known for the London Weekend Television (LWT) arts programme The South Bank Show, which he has written, edited and produced since 1978. He has been Controller of Arts at LWT since 1990 (including a stint as Head of Arts from 1982 to 1990). He is also known for his many programmes on BBC Radio 4, including Start the Week, which he presented for ten years, In Our Time, and The Routes of English, a history of the English language. London Weekend Television (LWT) was (and for legal formalities still is; see below) the ITV contractor for London and the South East, Friday 7:00pm (1968-1982)/5:15pm (1982-2002) to Monday, 5:59am. ... The South Bank Show is a British television arts magazine show, presented by Melvyn Bragg and seen in over 60 countries — including Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA. Its stated aim is to bring both high art and popular culture to a mass audience. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Start the Week is a discussion programme on BBC Radio 4. ... In Our Time is a discussion programme hosted by Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio 4 in Great Britain. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...

Bragg was appointed to the House of Lords in 1998 as a Labour life peer, under the title Baron Bragg, of Wigton in the County of Cumbria. He is a friend of Tony Blair, the current Labour Prime Minister. This article is about the British House of Lords. ... The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the main left-wing political party of the United Kingdom. ... In the United Kingdom, Life Peers are appointed members of the Peerage whose titles may not be inherited (those whose titles are inheritable are known as hereditary peers). ... Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the UK Labour Party, and Member of the UK Parliament for the constituency of Sedgefield in North East England. ... The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the head of Her Majestys Government and so exercises many of the executive functions nominally vested in the Sovereign, who is head of state. ...

In 1999 he became Chancellor of Leeds University. Bragg is also President of the National Campaign for the Arts (since 1986), President of the mental health charity Mind, and a Governor of the London School of Economics (since 1997). He was made Domus Fellow, St Catherine's College, Oxford, in 1990. He became a member of the Arts Council Literature Panel in 1969 and has since become Chairman. University Tower, University of Leeds The University of Leeds (United Kingdom) is amongst the largest of British universities and the most popular by applicants, with 52,444 applicants in 2003 for 7,228 places (UCAS). ... Then National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) is a lobbying group for the arts in the United Kingdom Founded in 1985, NCA claims to be the UKs only independent lobbying organisation representing all the arts. ... Mind (the National Association for Mental Health) is a mental health charity in England and Wales, founded in 1946. ... The London School of Economics and Political Science, often referred to as the London School of Economics or simply the LSE, is a specialist university[2] and a constituent college of the federal University of London, located on Houghton Street in Central London, off the Aldwych and next to the... Full name St Catherines College Motto Nova et Vetera The New and the Old Named after Previous names Established 1963 Sister College(s) Robinson College Master Prof. ...

Lord Bragg is a prolific novelist and writer of non-fiction, and has written a number of television and film screenplays. A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Non-fiction is an account or representation of a subject which is presented as fact. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ...



  • For Want of a Nail (1965)
  • The Second Inheritance (1966)
  • The Cumbrian Trilogy:
  • The Nerve (1971)
  • Josh Lawton (1972)
  • The Silken Net (1974)
  • Autumn Manoeuvres (1978)
  • Love and Glory (1983)
  • The Maid of Buttermere (1987)
  • Without a City Wall (1988)
  • The Second Inheritance (1990)
  • A Time to Dance (1990)
  • Crystal Rooms (1992)
  • Credo (1996) also known as The Sword and the Miracle
  • The Soldier's Return Trilogy:
    • The Soldier's Return (1999)
    • A Son of War (2001)
    • Crossing the Lines (2003)

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  • Speak For England (1976)
  • Land of The Lakes (1983)
  • Laurence Olivier (1984)
  • Cumbria in Verse (editor) (1984)
  • Rich: The Life of Richard Burton (1988)
  • King Lear in New York (1994)
  • On Giants' Shoulders (1998)
  • Two Thousand Years Part 1: The Birth of Christ to the Crusades (1999)
  • Two Thousand Years Part 2 (1999)
  • The Routes of English (2001)
  • The Adventure of English (2003)
  • Twelve Books That Changed the World (2006)

The Adventure of English is an ITV television series on the history of the English language presented by Melvyn Bragg as well as a companion book, also written by Bragg. ...

Children's books

  • A Christmas Child (1977)
  • My Favourite Stories of Lakeland (editor) (1981)


As screenwriter:

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Awards and recognition


The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize is a British based literary prize. ... The Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award is an award given annually to the writer who produces the worst description of a sex scene in a novel. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The WH Smith Literary Award is an award founded in 1959 by British high street retailer WH Smith. ...


  • On October 17, 2005 Bragg officially opened the "Melvyn Bragg Drama Studio", named in his honour, at Millom School, Millom, Cumbria.

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Honorary Titles
Preceded by:
Katharine, The Duchess of Kent
Chancellor of the University of Leeds
1999 – present

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Melvyn Bragg (453 words)
Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg, FRSL, FRTS (born 6 October 1939, in Wigton, Cumberland) is a British author and broadcaster.
Bragg was appointed to the House of Lords in 1998 as a Labour life peer, under the title Baron Bragg, of Wigton in the County of Cumbria.
Bragg is also President of the National Campaign for the Arts (since 1986), President of the mental health charity Mind, and a Governor of the London School of Economics (since 1997).
Melvyn Bragg (2068 words)
Broadcaster, writer and novelist Melvyn Bragg was born on 6 October, 1939 in Wigton, Cumbria, in the north of England.
Among his many public roles, Melvyn Bragg is Chancellor of Leeds University (since 1999), President of the National Campaign for the Arts (since 1986) and a Governor of the London School of Economics (since 1997).
Bragg was born at the beginning of the Second World War in a market town in Cumbria.
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