Stuart McLean

  • 1 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

This award-winning Canadian author, storyteller and broadcaster cut his teeth making radio documentaries for CBC Radio, winning an ACTRA Award in 1979 for his coverage of the Jonestown massacre. Stuart McLean hosts CBC Radio 1’s the Vinyl Café each weekend, which has 700,000 listeners, and features live and recorded music and witty, idiosyncratic short stories based around the friends and family of Dave, owner of the world’s smallest record store in downtown Toronto, whose motto is: ‘We may not be big, but we’re not small.’ McLean has recently taken the programme on the road, entrancing audiences throughout North America with his storytelling, while giving a platform to both established and emerging Canadian musicians.

His short story collections based around the show Home from the Vinyl Café and Vinyl Café Unplugged won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal (Canada’s top prize for humour writing) while books such as The Morningside World of Stuart McLean and Welcome Home: Travels in Small Town Canada have all been bestsellers in his native Canada. (Laura Hird)

15 Aug, 8.30pm, £8 (£6).

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