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Nick Higham

The Faith of a Child and You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two

Patti Boulaye and Stephen Komlosy Interviewed by Nick Higham

Sunday, 27 March 2022

12:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Event sponsored by

Husband and wife team actress and singer Patti Boulaye and retired entrepreneur Stephen Komlosy talk about their lives together and about their work for the Support for Africa charity they founded.

Boulaye describes in her autobiography, The Faith of a Child, how she survived the Biafra War and set off for the United Kingdom at 16 to become a nun. By chance, she landed a part in the original West End production of Hair, launching a singing and acting career that has seen her appear in several West End musicals, win the ITV talent show New Faces, appear in the biggest grossing African film ever, Bisi, Daughter of the River, and release nine albums and 25 singles. She was one of the leading black British entertainers of the 1970s and 1980s and had her own show on Channel 4. Komlosy had a significant business career including establishing several businesses and working at director level in others. He co-founded and managed the West End theatre company Larry Parnes Organisation. In his book, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, he describes a period managing pop stars and entertainers in the 1960s, including Lionel Bart.

Boulaye and Komlosy have been married for more than 45 years. They set up the Support for Africa Charity in 2000. It has built five clinics in rural Africa and a school with Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, in Lesotho.  Here they talk to journalist Nick Higham, who was the BBC’s first ever media correspondent and is a former presenter of Meet the Author on the BBC news channel.


This event is part of the festival’s programme of African literature and culture.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine Exeter College Exeter College Trinity College Trinity College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. Eastgate Hotel Eastgate Hotel, a festival hotel The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme International Literary Properties Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland Pasture to Plate