Renowned interviewer and writer joins Bite the Wight fundraising event

Not only an after-dinner talk with Q&A by writer Philip Norman, but a delicious three course meal and all in the knowledge you’re helping Isle of Wight Youth Trust.


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On Thursday 20, October, the Isle of Wight Youth Trust will be hosting a Bite the Wight Dinner at Ryde School with a special guest appearance by Ryde school alumnus and renowned writer Philip Norman.

Renowned interviewer and writer
Philip Norman, who was born in London but, grew up on the Isle of Wight, has captured his childhood in Ryde with heart breaking detail in both, ‘The Skaters’ Waltz’, which saw him recognised in the first Top 20 Best of Young British Novelists, and in ‘Babycham Night’, his memoir of growing up on Ryde Pier.

These novels are a part Mr Norman’s extensive body of work which also includes his journalistic work, musical biographies, film scripts, television and radio plays and the books for two stage musicals.

After earning a reputation as a renowned interviewer for The Sunday Times’ iconic colour magazine with subjects ranging from Elizabeth Taylor and Little Richard to PG Wodehouse and Libyan dictator, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Philip Norman published Shout!, a ground-breaking biography of the Beatles, which has remained continuously in print ever since and is still regarded as the definitive history of the band.

Dinner and talk
In addition to being treated to an after-dinner talk with questions and answers by Philip Norman, guests will enjoy a delicious three course meal with a glass of wine.

The venue for the evening is the award winning Ryde School dining room and a £45 donation will be requested of all guests.

Book now
Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the Isle of Wight Youth Trust (01983) 529 569 or email –

An excellent cause
Philip Norman is excited to be supporting the Youth Trust and said,

“I’m greatly looking forward to returning to my old school to speak on behalf of this excellent cause.”

Youth Trust Director, Eileen Monks, OBE, said

“Join us for the evening, invite your family and friends you won’t regret it and you will be showing your support for the many children and young people who access our services.

“We are delighted to such a successful and well respected Island voice joining us in Philip Norman and would like to thank both Philip and Ryde School for their support in putting together this event.”

Monday, 26th September, 2016 11:13am



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He looks a bit lost in the photo, like he seems in Babycham Night with puzzling adult behaviour around him. Such an atmospheric book, and a must-read whether you’re interested in Ryde or not. He’s quite a notch for the Island.