RADIO 2 Presenter and author Stuart Maconie will visit Winchester Discovery Centre next month.

He’ll appear at the library on Saturday, March 15 at 8pm to talk about his book and Radio 2 show, The People’s Songs. These are the songs that we have listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as downed tools and danced to.

Covering the last seven decades, Stuart looks at the songs that have sound tracked our changing times, and – just sometimes – changed the way we feel.

Beginning with Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again, a song that reassured a nation parted from their loved ones by the turmoil of war, and culminating with the manic energy of Bonkers, Dizzee Rascal’s anthem for the push and rush of the 21st century inner city, The People’s Song’s takes a tour of our island’s pop music, and asks what it means to us.

The story of modern Britain is told through the records that we listened to and loved during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from the Second World War to the present day.

This is not a rock critique about the 50 greatest tracks ever recorded. Rather, it is a celebration of songs that tell us something about how we have felt about things in our lives down the eras – work, war, class, leisure, race, family, drugs, sex, patriotism and more.

Tickets priced £15 can be booked in person at the Discovery Centre, online at or by calling 01962 873603.