Michael Parkinson speaks about his upbringing as a miner’s son at St Jude’s first literary festival

Chat show king and award winning journalist Michael Parkinson spoke of his humble beginnings as a miner’s son as he opened St Jude’s the first literary festival.

Parkinson, who grew up in South Yorkshire, joined editor and Highgate resident Diana Athill in a series of talks to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Hampstead Garden Suburb cultural festival.

Renowned for its popular series of lunchtime and evening concerts, St Jude’s has branched out into talks about literature for the first time in a series that is already being hailed a success.

St Jude’s spokesman Mr Finlay said: “It’s a wonderful. The setting is leafy and on a nice summer’s evening it’s a quintessential English experience. It should rank alongside Wimbledon and Henley.”

The festival has raised over �600,000 for charity since its inception two decades ago.

For ore information on upcoming performances and talks visit www.promsatstjudes.org.uk