Friday 22nd May

Stuart Maconie – The Nanny State Made Me: A Story of Britain and How to Save it
Venue: Facebook
Time: 6pm

Tickets: Free

In this timely, provocative book, BBC 6 Music Broadcaster Stuart Maconie tells the story of Britain’s Welfare State through his own history of growing up as a northern working-class boy. What was so bad, he asks, about properly funded hospitals, decent working conditions and affordable houses? And what was so wrong about student grants, free eye tests and council houses? And where did it all go so wrong? Stuart looks toward Britain’s future, making an emotional case for believing in more than profit and loss, championing a just, fairer society. Chaired by Cash Carraway.
Whether ‘fighting the invisible enemy’ or ‘keeping our chins up’ throughout lockdown, we’ve been hearing a lot of wartime language from our political incumbents. However, a lot has changed since then. The post-war era of Britain developed some of the UK’s boldest and most brilliant schemes Britain has ever produced, such as the Welfare State and the NHS, which have been eroded by successive right-wing attacks and years of austerity. Is the war-time rhetoric appropriate now, perhaps drawing our attention away from the underhand tricks of a government trying to undo the progress made in the last 70 years?

Stuart Maconie is a writer, broadcaster and journalist familiar to millions from his work in print, on radio and on TV. His previous bestsellers have included Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas, and he currently hosts the afternoon show on BBC 6music with Mark Radcliffe as well as weekly show The Freak Zone. Based in the cities of Birmingham and Manchester, he can also often be spotted on top of a mountain in the Lake District with a Thermos flask and individual pork pie.

Cash Carraway is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and author. In 2018 she was nominated for a British Journalism Award for her play Refuge Woman and won Best Innovation at the Drum Online Media Awards. Cash Carraway’s debut memoir Skint Estate (Ebury/Penguin Random House) is a series of notes from her life in the gutter of austerity between the years 2010-2019. The Times called her “The new voice of a generation”.


All ticket donations from this event go to Fans Supporting Foodbanks, South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services and WoW.