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Books Editorial

stumaconie18.jpg Hit the road, Mac

Stuart Maconie’s latest show is based on his book Long Road From Jarrow, and he’s bringing it to several venues in the north-east. Should be good.

The original Jarrow Crusade was born of a society facing a growing problem of inequality, injustice and the rise of fascist tendencies. Eighty years on, Stuart Maconie retraced the route of the original march through a divided, post-Brexit country, which has many echoes of 1936. His resultant book has led on to this show, Jarrow: Road To The Deep South. He says: “I’d like to know what the country looks like now from the road, tracks, streets and riverbacks they walked, and to see the pews, pubs, cafes and halls they visited; a picture of now overlaid with a filter of gauze of 1936.” From choral evensong to curry house, from austerity to affluence, from Wearside to Westminster, this is a tale told in Maconie’s inimitable style.

Stuart Maconie: Long Road From Jarrow, Saturday 10 February, Gala Theatre, Durham, 7.30pm, £15; Sunday 11 February, Sage 2, Sage Gateshead, 8pm, £16.40; Saturday 3 March, The Forum, Northallerton, 8pm, £14/£16; Saturday 12 May, Customs House, South Shields, 7.30pm, £16.