Join Stuart Maconie at Storyhouse for the first time as he discusses his new book The Full English, taking us on an enlightening, entertaining journey through England, from Bristol’s Banksy to Durham’s beaches, from Cotswolds corduroy to Stoke’s oatcakes.
Stuart will discuss the questions he asks in his book:
What kind of country is England today?
What does it mean to be English?
Are we hungry for change or seeking old certainties?
As his guide, Maconie walks in the footsteps of J.B. Priestley’s classic travelogue, English Journey, to explore our national identity and how it has evolved over the last century. On his way, Stuart takes inspiration from the people he meets at bus stops and train stations, cafes and corner shops.
Through his journey, he lets us see our homes and habits, hopes and eccentricities with fresh eyes. The Full English challenges us to embrace the messy, shifting and diverse nature of England, and to ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.
This is going to be a truly interesting and exciting event.
This event will be hosted by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Frank Cottrell-Boyce is an award-winning author and screenwriter. Millions his debut children’s novel won the CILIP Carnegie Medal. He is also the author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, Cosmic, Framed, The Astounding Broccoli Boy and Noah’s Gold. His books have been shortlisted for a multitude of prizes, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children’s Fiction Award (now the Costa Book Award) and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. His latest novel -The wonder brothers will be published on the 20th of July.
Frank is a judge for the BBC’s 500 Words competition. Along with Danny Boyle, he devised the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. He has written for the hit TV series Dr Who and wrote the ITV drama Steven. He has written many hit films including 24 Hour Party People, The Railway Man and Goodbye Christopher Robin.