Andy Kershaw talks life

By IH 29/05 Updated: 29/05 09:20

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BROADCASTER Andy Kershaw will be talking about the ups and downs of his life at Stratford Civic Hall on June 8.

As a teenager, he was promoting major rock gigs. He was Billy Bragg’s driver and roadie one day and presenting Whistle Test and Live Aid the next. A born rebel and a maverick, he’s combined his passion for music with a lunatic curiosity and an instinct for frontline journalism, reporting for the BBC and the broadsheets from the world’s most extreme countries – Iraq, North Korea, Haiti, Angola and Rwanda during the genocide.

Andy is among the UK’s most-decorated broadcasters, working for Radio 4 and, for 15 years, as a Radio 1 DJ, where he shared an office with John Peel and legendary producer John Walters. It was Andy’s enthusiasms that made him the central figure in the popularisation of world music. His record collection weighs seven tons.

More recently a presenter on Radio 3, he has also worked for the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen.

He was born in Rochdale in 1959 and in his own words was liberated by Bob Dylan. Barely out of his teens, he presented Whistle Test and Live Aid for the BBC. For most of the past 25 years he has had a weekly radio show pioneering extraordinary music from all over the world. He is also a serious foreign journalist, having reported for – among others – Independent, Daily Telegraph, Observer and BBC Radio 4’s Today, The World Tonight and From Our Own Correspondent.

Whether it applies to foreign adventures, romances, motorcycles, nervous breakdowns or relationships with a piece of music, Andy has always lived by his most reliable maxim - if you’re going to have one, have a big one.

For tickets and further details visit or call 01789 207100.

* STARS of the CBBC TV show Little Howard’s Big Question are bringing their family comedy show to the Stratford Civic Hall on June 8.

Due to current government cut backs the Ministry of Light Entertainment and Social Security is conducting checks to make sure all comedy acts are actually funny. The problem is real human Big Howard has not got a laugh since a girder fell on his head in Aberdeen. Will his animated partner Little Howard be enough to convince the authorities to let them carry on?

The man from the ministry is somewhere in the audience to make his verdict on the show which also features slugs, spiders, ants, monkeys (106 of them), a pigeon from Barnsley, audience interaction and a host of songs.

The show starts at 2pm. Tickets and further details as above.

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