Last night Stuart Maconie came back to Edge Hill for his “Audience with…” talk. It was funny and insightful and very well received by the audience of staff, students, invited guests and members of the public. You can see a few more photos on Flickr.
We might get to hear some memories of his time at Edge Hill, like this one he recounted at the award of his honorary degree:
“Music was one of my main loves when I came here. I remember when I came to take my place in Lancs Hall with my mate Nigel, with our array of musical instruments and the fledgling band we had at the time. We once got kicked out of the music rooms which had pianos because we were told they weren’t for bands. They were for people to sit and play Debussy’s tunes, not for two or three blokes from Wigan to thrash about making a racket. At the time I thought it was the man trying to stop my music but I realise now that it was perfectly reasonable.
“Quite soon after I got here, the Hall President, who was a nice Welsh bloke called Dewi, was very into rugger, very into Chris Rea, very into all the kind of music and things that me, being a lad from Wigan, at the time thought terrible. We once heard about a letter that he had written home that said: ‘I was rather hoping for some good fellows to go drinking with who could form a rugby team with me, but all I seem to have got is some punk rockers with electric guitars.’ I, of course, thought this was wildly exciting and it made my chest swell with pride.”
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The alumni team are keen to extract memories of Edge Hill from anyone who studied here and to persuade you to send them in have sent me some quotes from one of Edge Hill’s more well known graduates, Stuart Maconie.
I was asked “how does an English graduate end up being a DJ?” I do regard the DJ bit as being a bit of an aberration. I don’t know quite how I fell into it – and I don’t know when and how I will fall out of it – but the love of literature, and I say this not in a poncy way, though, inevitably, it will sound that way, was instilled in me by the people and things I did here. I chose Edge Hill because it had a great 20th century literature course and it was here I first got excited about Lawrence, Green, Hardy, TS Eliot and Auden. I recorded an edition of Celebrity Mastermind – I’m living the dream now – please watch it to see just what a good education Edge Hill can instil into people.
The quote is from the awarding of Stuart’s honorary degree which you can see here – skip forward to about 50 minutes:
There will be “an audience with” event next month – stay tuned for details of how to get tickets!