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Afternoon Tea With Stuart Maconie
Monday 11th October, 2010

Afternoon Tea With Stuart Maconie
Library officer Lynne Evans serves Stuart Maconie and fan Anne Griffiths, 58, from Whitley a nice hot cup of tea during the author's visit to Lamberhead Green Library.

BROADCASTER Stuart Maconie has described Wigan's newest library and school as astonishing.

The BBC Radio 2 regular whose illustrious broadcasting and journalism career has also included a string of acclaimed books including "Pies and Prejudices" and "Adventures on the High Teas" offered top tips to youngsters at the new Abraham Guest High school thinking of pursuing a career in broadcasting before taking afternoon tea in the new Lamberhead Green Library.

Mr Maconie, who was born and bred in Worsley Mesnes, is Wigan's patron of the libraries.

He said: "The school and library are astonishing. Having a library on site is a brilliant idea. I used to love the sense of event going to a library but being part of the normal day life of the school is brilliant. The opening line of Manic Street Preachers 'Design For Life' says everything about libraries… 'libraries give us power'."

Wigan's new 23m super school and associated public library opened in April with latest best sellers, CDs and DVDs, extended hours, and activities for all ages including reading groups, under 5's story time, basic IT courses and family history sessions.

On Friday (October 8) Mr Maconie chatted with library users and signed copies of his books before revealing he's currently halfway through a new book and has just signed to present on the BBC's Inside Out which takes a closer look at stories across the region.

He added: "I'm about halfway through the book. I've chosen 10 significant dates in the recent history of Britain; some are serious, some are light hearted.

"From Queen Victoria's death to the New Labour landslide. It's serious enough at the moment but putting a few jokes in to some of the really serious stuff is proving a tall order."

"I'm excited by the TV work but my writing will continue to be the thing for me. Books have a life of their own."

Taryn Pearson, head of libraries for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: "We're delighted Stuart thinks so highly of the new library. He's a wonderful ambassador for our libraries and the borough."

"If people haven't managed to take a look round this fantastic new facility we'd certainly encourage them to come down and see what it has to offer."

For more information on libraries in Wigan and Leigh visit www.wlct.org

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