Neil Tennant is the singing half of the Pet Shop Boys. In their 1980s/1990s hey-day they had a string of big hits like West End Girls and It's a Sin.
His forty year career has spawned 13 studio albums and 22 Top 10 hits.
Tonight he'll be joined by radio presenter John Wilson to talk about pop, poetry and the art of songwriting. He'll be revealing how, when and why he writes songs, who he looks to for inspiration, and how his early days as a journalist at the pop magazine Smash Hits helped him to hone his skills.
The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A session.
> Craig’s review of Royal Academy of Arts – “You might find this hard to believe if you've read a few of my galley reviews, but I did actually go to art school once. And I really do mean once (I quit on the very first day). After looking around the induction hall I quickly realised that I wasn't cut out to be an art student because you need to smoke dope, have a silly hat or a tattoo or a silver stud in your nos… continued”
Jacqueline Wilson talks about her books – 3 May 2019 – Children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson will be talking about her books and characters like Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather.
Ken Loach talking about his career – 3 May 2019 – Listen to director Ken Loach as he talks about his fifty year career in TV and cinema with writer and critic Francine Stock
Michael Palin — Art on the small screen – 6 May 2019 – Listen to globe-trotting Monty Python-star Michael Palin as he talks about his interest in the work of under-appreciated artists.
Common Council meeting with the Lord Mayor – 18 Oct, 6 Dec 2018, 10 Jan, 7 Mar, 25 Apr, 23 May, 20 Jun, 18 Jul, 12 Sep, 10 Oct and 5 Dec 2019 – Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Listen to a speech at Speakers’ Corner – Every Sun (around noon) – Visit Speakers' Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech.
Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons – 7 Jan to 18 Dec 2019 – Visit Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Attend PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) – Every Wed – You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday, at Prime Minister's Questions.
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If you enjoy Royal Academy of Arts then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Temple), National Gallery (you can walk it 10 mins), National Portrait Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Charing Cross), Tate Britain (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 18 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Bond Street)
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