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Adele and Taylor Swift biographer Chas Newkey-Burden reveals the tales behind the headlines in Bishop's Stortford College Festival of Literature appearance

Lower Sixth student Madeleine Friedlein reviews biographer Chas Newkey-Burden's talk at the Bishop's Stortford College Festival of Literature...

Widely-published journalist and biographer Chas Newkey-Burden had an engaging conversation with author and broadcaster Bill Borrows.

Having now sold over one million copies of his work worldwide, Newkey-Burden discussed how his passion for writing was prominent throughout his school career.

He read out his first publication, written when he was eight years old, before recounting The Putney Guardian – a hand-written newspaper detailing the events of his street which he produced at the age of 11.

Chas Newkey-Burden (44410358)
Chas Newkey-Burden (44410358)

With evident enthusiasm for his craft, he discussed with Borrows the intricacies of writing a biography and how he particularly enjoyed capturing Adele's sense of humour in Adele: The Biography.

Newkey-Burden reviewed his experience with ghost writing, working for The Big Issue and his appreciation for the ET soundtrack.

And he stated he's most proud of his book Running: Cheaper Than Therapy. It explores the pros and cons of this sport (namely the dilemma of whether to wave to a fellow runner or not!) and the extent to which it can benefit health, both mental and physical.

Reviewer Madeleine Friedlein
Reviewer Madeleine Friedlein

Newkey-Burden humorously recounted his trip to Madrid for a 15-minute interview with David Beckham and how he raced back to his house in the middle of a dog-walk to pitch his idea for Adele's biography to his publishers.

These anecdotes, accompanied by Newkey-Burden's clear love for writing, made for an engaging discussion with Borrows which I thoroughly enjoyed listening to.

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