Edge Hill University’s own national treasure Stuart Maconie is returning to the Ormskirk Campus to help celebrate the institution’s milestone 125th anniversary this year.

An Audience with Stuart Maconie takes place on Thursday 29th April 2010, when one of the University’s most successful graduates will entertain an audience with tales from his journey from Edge Hill English student to best-selling author, broadcaster and journalist.

His talk will touch on his recent work such as his latest book, Adventures on the High Teas, which takes him on a countrywide search for ‘Middle England’. His love of the North has also led him to explore the fierce rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester in a BBC2 documentary, A Tale of Two Rival Cities, which is to be screened on Easter Monday as part of the BBC’s History of the World Series.

Stuart will take a light-hearted look at some of his fondest Edge Hill memories, like the first time he saw The Smiths play at Edge Hill Students’ Union in 1982, which he credits as his all-time favourite gig.

He will welcome questions from the audience on anything from his meetings with Morrisey to Cumbrian fell walking with his dog Muffin.  And for those who like what they hear, there will be the opportunity to buy Stuart’s books at an exclusive signing after the event.

Stuart said: “After many years away, I’m delighted to be re-kindling my relationship with all things Edge Hill. If you had told the 18-year old Lancashire Hall-dwelling me that 30 years on, I’d actually be invited back cordially, I would never have believed you. I’m really looking forward to the evening.”

Born in Whiston Hospital, Stuart grew up in Wigan where his parents still live. After graduation he worked at Skelmersdale College as an English and Sociology teacher, before pursuing his dream of a career as a music journalist. He is currently a columnist for Radio Times, Cumbria Life and Country Walking and writes for WORD magazine and The Mirror.

His books include Cider with Roadies, a memoir of his time as a music journalist, and Pies and Prejudice, a humorous look at modern life in the North of England. He has also penned the official autobiographies of the bands Blur and James.

Stuart is co-presenter of the Radio 2 evening show, Radcliffe and Maconie, along with Mark Radcliffe. Stuart also joined BBC 6 Music from its inception in 2002 where he presents Freak Zone. His TV appearances have included Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, and Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns, a popular gazeteer of major British cities. He has been described by The Times as ‘a national treasure’ and by comedian Peter Kay as ‘the best thing to come out of Wigan since the A58 to Bolton’. He now splits his time between Birmingham and Cumbria.

To attend this free event, email the Corporate Events team at corporateevents@edgehill.ac.uk, quoting reference 03, to book your place. The event starts at 6pm.