You can see the Chief Executive of the BSLBT, Terry Riley OBE talking about his life and career at Wolverhampton's Arena Theatre on Tuesday 29th April at 7.00pm.

The event will be chaired by John Hay MBE.

Terry Riley has been an advocate for British Sign Language (BSL) for over forty years and has been instrumental in bringing it into mainstream society.

Both Terry’s parents were Deaf sign language users and he knew no other life. In the early 80s he became a driving political force against the discrimination, inequality, attitudes and social barriers surrounding Deaf people.

At 40, he joined the BBC’s See Hear programme, becoming its first Deaf Editor in 2000, and helped show that Deaf people have an indigenous language, culture and identity.

He was instrumental in setting up the European Deaf TV & Video network, now in over 20 countries. In 2003, Terry was awarded a lifetime achievement award by Remark, Britain’s leading deaf-led media company.

He was selected by Gallaudet University to receive the first WORLDEAF Cinema Festival Motion Media Producer Award in 2009 and is on the board of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) which represents over 70 million Deaf people throughout the world.

He is currently the Chief Executive of British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT) and was also elected as Chair of the British Deaf Association from 2009 onwards.

Terry is a firm advocate in promoting new and up-and-coming Deaf talent both on and off screen, and he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts by the University of Wolverhampton in 2011.

This event is accessible to BSL users and non-signers, and will feature interpreting by Eddie Moriarty.

This event is free but advance booking is essential. To reserve a place, please call 01902 321321 or email arena@wlv.ac.uk