Emily Maitlis

High profile British journalist and featured author of this year’s Big Read book Emily Maitlis, is set to be interviewed by Edge Hill students in an exclusive virtual event this month.

Emily will share her insights and stories about her book Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News, a collection of her biggest interviews with some of the world’s most notable politicians, international leaders and public figures.

The free event is taking place at 2.00pm on Friday 29th January and is available for both Edge Hill students and the wider University community. Tickets are available to book online.

Airhead was selected from a shortlist from the 2020 edition of the Big Read programme, which is an award-winning pre-arrival shared reading scheme run in partnership with Kingston University.

In an interview about the book, Emily said: “I wrote the book partly because I wanted to share my mistakes.

“I wanted to share the things that go wrong as well as the things that go right and that seems, to me, particularly important when you’re starting out – to know that we’ve all come it wrong so many times before it goes right.”

All first-year undergraduate students receive a special Edge Hill edition of the Big Read title before starting university. The aim of the scheme is to make new students feel welcome, give them something in common with other first year students and to create links between them and the wider Edge Hill community.

Edge Hill and Kingston recently released a joint paper in partnership with the Universities of Wolverhampton and West Scotland, respectively, on the Big Read 2019 scheme. The paper outlines the experience of the four universities, analysing the outcomes and recommendations for future projects.

Two Edge Hill Creative Writing students, Becky Holderness and Maya Hutchinson, were selected to contribute to the report. 

Explaining how the project aims to help students settle into university life, Maya said: “The main idea of the project is to give students something in common when they first arrive at the University. It’s essentially an ice breaker and many students find it helpful to have something visual that other students can see and engage in a conversation in something they have in common with each other.”

Becky added: “Reading has always been a big part of my life and it’s how I access stories away from television and film. I like the idea of being able to enjoy something in your own time, a book is something you can pick up whenever you want. For me, it’s an escape and a way to experience fiction that I really enjoy. It makes you forget what is happening around you for a small amount of time.”

More information about the scheme can be found on the Big Read webpage.

Edge Hill’s English, History and Creative Writing department delivers research-informed teaching in English Literature, English Language, History and Creative Writing.