Published: 25 April 2018 at 10:30
Author will visit Anglia Ruskin University to speak about humanitarian work
Celebrated humanitarian and author Terry Waite will visit Anglia Ruskin University on 10 May to talk about his experiences and his first book, Taken on Trust, an account of his time as a hostage in the Middle East.
Terry, an MBE and CBE who spent much of the 1980s negotiating the release of hostages in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, will spend an evening at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus in conversation with Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, a PTSD and trauma specialist and co-founder of Anglia Ruskin’s Veterans and Families Institute, as part of celebrations to mark 25 years of university status.
Born in Cheshire in 1939, Terry is co-founder and President of the charity Y Care International, Co-founder and Chair of Hostage UK and President of Emmaus UK, the charity for the homeless. He is also patron of many other charities.
During the Lebanese Civil War in 1987, he travelled to Beirut in his role as Special Envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury to negotiate the release of hostages. However, he was captured by militant group Hezbollah and spent 1,763 days in captivity, enduring solitary confinement, mock execution and torture, before he was finally released in 1991.
Taken on Trust was written in 1994, and quickly became a UK and international bestseller. Terry has since written several other books.
He still works for a range of humanitarian causes including prisoners, the homeless, hostages and their families, and overseas development. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Anglia Ruskin in 2001.
Rachel Moss, Public Events Officer at Anglia Ruskin University, said:
“Terry Waite’s extraordinary story was front page news for much of the late 1980s and early 1990s. His remarkable courage captured the imagination of the public and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Anglia Ruskin University.
“Joining him in conversation will be world-renowned expert in psychology and trauma Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes. It promises to be a fascinating evening.”
The event takes place on Thursday, 10 May from 7.30pm until 9pm. Tickets are free, but booking is essential. To book your place, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/anglia-ruskin-university-community-engagement-1110250731
Photo of Terry Waite courtesy of University of Kent