Introducing… Stuart Maconie – I’m an author and broadcaster and my new live show, Jarrow; Road to the Deep South, kicked off at the Roundabout pop-up theatre in Grasmere, on 16 September.
So we’re guessing you like the Lake District… what makes the Lakes – now designated a World Heritage cultural landscape – a special place for you?
I love the Lakes for its wildness, high fells, mountain tarns and the general beauty of the place. It can be a busy, jolly, social place or a bleak and lonely one and I love both. I’m dubious about the World Heritage status though as it seems to have mixed blessings for all but certain members of the farming lobby.
If you could name only 3 unmissable cultural hot spots or events in the Lakes – what would they be?
Three cultural hotspots? The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal. Rheged and generally the C-Art Festival. I think the culture on offer in the Lakes nicely encompasses the modern and the traditional, the native Cumbrian and the offcomers like me who’ve been drawn here.
Do you have any recommendations for great places to stay in the Lake District?
There are so many places to stay to suit all budgets that I wouldn’t begin to try and list even the half decent ones. Also I don’t want my favourite places booked up. But you should treat yourself to Sharrow Bay or Holbeck Ghyll or The Samling every now and then.
And how about the best places to eat, drink and be merry?
Final question… if you could choose just one view in the Lakes where would that be?
As for the best view, it’s hard to beat Wastwater from Great Gable or Ennerdale from Haystacks. If you want really gloomy, try the vista of the Irish Sea and Sellafield from Devoke Water.
// STUART MACONIE – JARROW; ROAD TO THE DEEP SOUTH
Last autumn Stuart Maconie walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade – a march in the autumn of 1936 by 200 men to protest mass unemployment and extreme poverty. The Crusade was born in a society facing a growing problem of inequality, injustice and the rise of fascist tendencies. Eighty years on, Stuart’s journey through a divided, post-Brexit, complex country, echoes 1936 in many ways.
From choral evensong to curry house, from austerity to affluence, from Wearside to Westminster, Stuart’s brand new live show Jarrow; Road To The Deep South is a hugely entertaining, impassioned and enlightening reflection of his journey through Britain then and now.
Based on his brand new book, Long Road From Jarrow (Ebury Press), this show will mostly be performed in venues along the route taken by the marchers.
I’d like to know what the country looks like now from the road, tracks, streets and riverbanks they walked, and to see the pews, pubs, cafes and halls they visited; a picture of now overlaid with a filter or gauze of 1936 – Stuart Maconie
Stuart Maconie’s Jarrow; Road to the Deep South UK Tour 2017 kicked off at the Roundabout pop-up theatre in Grasmere on Saturday 16 September.
For further information & tickets you can visit Stuart Maconie’s website