Stuart Maconie is a TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author. He is on BBC Radio 6 Music (with Mark Radcliffe) every weekend morning between 8 and 10am, and hosts The Freak Zone on Sunday nights. His best-selling books include the smash hit Pies and Prejudice: In Search of The North; The Long Road From Jarrow; The People’s Songs and the recent The Nanny State Made Me, which came out in the first week of Lockdown 2020.
As someone who loves Gordon Burn’s work for its dark and unsettling intelligence, I am of course hugely flattered to be asked to judge this prize. But, with any award that bears his name, I am also very much looking forward to reading the books.
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