Words wizard Maconie talks on lighter side of life

Pictured is Stuart Maconie who appeared in an Off the Shelf Festival event at the Pennine Theatre,Hallam University.
Pictured is Stuart Maconie who appeared in an Off the Shelf Festival event at the Pennine Theatre,Hallam University.
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MUSIC journalist, DJ and author Stuart Maconie left hundreds of people in stitches with a humorous presentation at Sheffield’s Off The Shelf literature festival.

The former NME writer, who now presents a show on BBC Radio 6 Music, talked about his books Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas, which contrast people in different parts of Britain.

His light-hearted talk drew a crowd of around 200 people to Sheffield Hallam University.

It was followed by a signing session of new book Hope and Glory, where fans had the chance to have a chat.

Stuart’s talk included anecdotes about his career, such as when he ‘came close to battering the drummer from Napalm Death’ in a row over the musician throwing an egg while on tour with the band for NME.

And he told of shouting at controversial Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole during a match - but the only abuse he could muster was ‘my book’s sold more copies than yours’.

Other topics of conversation ranged from Queen Victoria to Live Aid, Northern mums, journalists and politicians.