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Rosie Millard

Rosie is currently Chair of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Having arrived at the University of Hull more than 30 years ago to study for a degree in English and Drama, arts specialist Rosie maintains close links with the city.

The first article Rosie wrote for a national newspaper was about the Humber Bridge; she was live on ITV’s breakfast show to support Hull when the City of Culture 2017 announcement was made; and her article in celebration of Hull published in the Daily Telegraph on the same day highlighted the beauty of a city “on the edge of the earth” and on the cusp of cultural, social and economic change.

As a student reading English and Drama at the University of Hull in the mid-1980s, Rosie worked on arts engagement projects that took theatre to Bransholme council housing estate and the Edinburgh Festival. She continues to be a passionate believer in the importance of accessibility to the arts for all and, over the past 15 years, has served as a trustee on regional arts boards in Dunfermline, London and Oxford.

She is in Hull every week on City of Culture business and of course to support the city’s arts organisations and educational institutions.  Rosie attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of the University of Hull’s Drama department; and aimed to inspire the city’s journalists of the future by speaking at Journalism Day 2015 – an annual event organised by Hull School of Art and Design at Hull College, held at Hull Truck Theatre.

Find out more about the Hull City of Culture project here:

Rosie writes a weekly column published every Saturday in The Independent –


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