British athletics legend, Sir Roger Bannister, will be the first Reading 2016 ‘An Audience With…’ at Reading Town Hall on 18 January.

Sir Roger’s sporting feats are written into British athletics history as the first person to break the four minute mile, an achievement which had previously been thought impossible. In ‘An Audience With Sir Roger Bannister’ he will be looking back at his own personal achievements, including that sub-four minute mile, his involvement in the European Championships, Olympics and other records, as well as his distinguished career in neurology.

An Audience part of this year's celebration of Reading's Year of Culture. 

Mark Prescott, creative director for the Year of Culture, said: “We are hugely honoured to have Sir Roger as the first speaker in what will be a year-long lecture series to tie in with the 12 themes of Reading’s Year of Culture."

To book tickets to see Sir Roger Bannister go to or call 0118 960 6060. Tickets for the event are £10 and £8 concessions. There will also be an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of his book ‘Twin Tracks’ at the event. The event will take place in the Concert Hall on 18 January at 6:30pm.

Reading 2016, a year-long celebration of the arts, culture and heritage in Reading, was launched on 4 December. Providing a flavour of what to expect in the first few months of 2016, the programme will include a world music premiere, a new design for Reading and a festival looking at the future of the town.

Reading 2016 has been designed to bring new artists and experiences to Reading throughout 2016, showcase the wonderful range of arts, culture and heritage events and organisations in Reading and provide Reading residents and visitors with opportunities to try out a wide range of new cultural experiences.