Press Release

13 February 2012

Celebrated journalist and writer Vitali Vitaliev will be opening University Centre Folkestone's new public lecture series on Friday, 24 February, offering help and advice on how to survive as a successful writer.

Vitali Vitaliev
Vitali Vitaliev

An investigative journalist in the old Soviet Union, Ukrainian born Vitali was forced to defect from the USSR in January 1990 due to his ground-breaking and courageous investigations into Soviet organised crime and neo-fascism.

His reports won him several Journalist of the Year awards including the Nieman Fellowship in Journalism from Harvard University (USA) – the most prestigious title that can be bestowed to a professional working in the field of international investigative journalism.

Vitali has also been a columnist with The Guardian, The European, The Daily Telegraph, The Australian and won a number of other prestigious journalism awards. He has written and presented TV and radio documentaries for BBC 1, BBC Radio 4, Channel 4, ABC and ITV and is a regular and popular tongue-in-cheek media commentator on current political and social issues.

However, he first came to be known in the UK for his appearances in the late 1980’s as Moscow correspondent on the Clive James show, Saturday Night Clive, where he was dubbed by British the media as “the first smiling Russian on British TV” – a label that sticks until now, alongside the likes of “Russian Clive James” and “Russian Bill Bryson”.

The second lecture, on Thursday, 8 March, will feature Publishing Consultant Zoe Meyer and is called: The Monkey Puzzle Story - intuitive marketing against the odds (with surprising results!).

Zoe has 25 years’ experience in all aspects of book and magazine publishing. Her talk will draw upon this experience, as well as setting up her own successful publishing company, Sage Press.

Life as a Literary Device: How to Survive as a Successful Writer by Vitali Vitaliev takes place at UCF, Tontine Street, Folkestone at 6pm on Friday, 24 February, 2012.

The events are free, but advance booking essential. To book a place call Jane Seaman on 01303 760600 or email

For more information on UCF’s public lecture visit:


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

•We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.

•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).

•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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