I am delighted that the University of Bradford is to award an honorary degree to Tom Priestley, son of J.B. Priestley. We are honouring him for his efforts in bringing JB’s writings to new audiences. We are also celebrating his distinguished career as a film editor, a nice link with Bradford City of Film. Tom will receive the award from the Chancellor at the graduation ceremony in the afternoon of 21 July 2010.
Full text of my Oration for the award of Honorary Degree to Tom Priestley 21 July 2010. The oration is a formal part of the degree ceremony, in which the person proposing the candidate for the honorary degree explains to the Chancellor why the honour is deserved. This one tells Tom’s story and shows how we value his contributions to film, theatre and literature.
University awards web pages, including live feed during the ceremony. Sorry, feed probably not available afterwards.
Interview with Tom showing him being robed and looking at materials in the J.B. Priestley Archive.