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Stuart Cosgrove

Writer and Broadcaster

Stuart Cosgrove is the author of 'Detroit 67: The Year that Changed Soul', 'Young Soul Rebels: a Personal History of Northern Soul' and 'Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul,' for which he won the Penderyn Music Book Prize in 2018. The final instalment of his Soul Trilogy -'Harlem 69: The Future of Soul' will be published in October 2018.

Stuart was a staff writer with the black music paper Echoes, Media Editor of the NME and a television executive with Channel 4. Stuart was with the broadcaster for 20 years, working as Director of Creative Diversity and Head of Nations and Regions before he left to pursue writing projects in 2015. He is chair for Glasgow’s bid to host Channel 4’s new National HQ or Creative Hub.

A graduate of Hull University, Stuart completed a PhD. in modern American theatre history and has since studied at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and the John Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Stuart is an Honorary Fellow of John Moores University Liverpool and an Honorary Professor of Stirling University, and Honorary Doctor of Arts at Abertay University in his native Scotland. In 2005 he was named Broadcaster of the Year in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards, In 2012 he won numerous awards including a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award for Channel 4's coverage of the London Paralympics 2012. Stuart presents BBC Scotland's popular radio show 'Off the Ball'.