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Ann Widdecombe talks politics and Strictly at St Austell venue

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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FUN and controversy in equal measure will be likely when Ann Widdecombe comes to the St Austell Arts Centre this week to talk about her diverse and extraordinary career.

Ann Widdecombe is enjoying a career like no other. The former politician, columnist, author and celebrity will be talking about her remarkable life when she visits the venue on Friday, May 30, at 7.30pm.

When Ann retired from politics at the 2010 general election, she couldn't have possibly imagined the career twists and turns that lay ahead of her. Before her retirement, Ann had dabbled in the celebrity and media world with appearances on Celebrity Fit Club, hosting Have I Got News For You and being the subject of a Louis Theroux documentary.

However, it was her appearance on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing that waltzed Ann into major mainstream stardom and re-created this once fierce doyenne of British politics into the latest nation's sweetheart. Partnering Anton du Beke, her association with the hit programme continued when, of all things, she made regular appearances in pantomime alongside Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood.

Ann has since shown her versatility in front of the camera, on stage, on radio and in print. She has presented her own TV quiz shows, made thought-provoking documentaries for television and radio, written four novels, writes a regular column in the Daily Express and even performed a ten-minute, non-singing cameo role in a Donizetti opera.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask Ann questions about any aspect of her career, or anything else and the evening will conclude with a book signing.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £12.50.

They are available from 01726 879500, or online at www.crbo.co.uk

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