Maxine Peake joins radio star Shaun Keaveny in night at Leigh Library

Maxine Peake, right, and Shaun Keaveny at Leigh Library

Maxine Peake, right, and Shaun Keaveny at Leigh Library

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BOLTON actress Maxine Peake joined radio star Shaun Keaveny to discuss all things northern — at a night at the library.

Shaun, presenter of the BBC 6 breakfast show, returned to his hometown of Leigh to spend the night at Leigh Library where he shared his thoughts on being from the north.

He was joined by Maxine for his contribution to the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Words Festival.

Shaun said: “I wasn’t sure about how it was going to pan out and having my nearest and dearest there really upped the ante.

"We needed a draw and someone that would sell tickets that people outside my extended family would actually be interested in seeing and Maxine is a spectacular and interesting woman.”

The night, entitled North West Gas, saw the pair explore all things northern and discuss the ups and downs of living in the south.

Shaun said: “I feel a bit displaced really because I’ve been living in the south or a southern area for 16 or 17 years.

“It’s quite hard sometimes because you still approach life as if you’re a northerner but I get a lot of pleasure — and work — out of it. I’m one of those professional northerners and it is a bit of a gift really.

“Leigh was still a mining town when I was little and I had cousins who were miners but when you say that to people in casual conversation at a dinner party in the south east they look at you like you’re a Dickensian throwback.

“I love coming back. I get myself out to the Tommy Burke, the Boar’s Head or the White Lion, have a few pints and catch up on what I’ve missed.

"I always take my kids up to the Flash and have a romp around there and I still love going up to Lilford Park and exploring the mini forest in our wellies.”

Shaun presents the breakfast show on BBC6, Monday to Friday from 7am.

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12:49pm Fri 23 May 14

wsw69 says...

Your caption below the photo states 'Maxine Peake, right, and Shaun Keaveny at Leigh Library '

As if we need to be told which is which. Maxine is the one with the beard; right? :-(
Your caption below the photo states 'Maxine Peake, right, and Shaun Keaveny at Leigh Library ' As if we need to be told which is which. Maxine is the one with the beard; right? :-( wsw69
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2:24pm Fri 23 May 14

hal pel says...

Maxine Peake is from Bolton? Why has The Bolton News not mentioned that before?
Maxine Peake is from Bolton? Why has The Bolton News not mentioned that before? hal pel
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2:28pm Fri 23 May 14

hal pel says...

I had no idea that Maxine Peake is from Bolton. The Bolton News should have mentioned that before now.
I had no idea that Maxine Peake is from Bolton. The Bolton News should have mentioned that before now. hal pel
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2:45pm Fri 23 May 14

wsw69 says...

Actually Maxine Peake is from Horwich, of which was mentioned three times over the course of the three series of Silk.
Actually Maxine Peake is from Horwich, of which was mentioned three times over the course of the three series of Silk. wsw69
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3:54pm Fri 23 May 14

hal pel says...

wsw69 wrote:
Actually Maxine Peake is from Horwich, of which was mentioned three times over the course of the three series of Silk.
Thanks for clearing that up! If only she was in the paper a bit more often.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: Actually Maxine Peake is from Horwich, of which was mentioned three times over the course of the three series of Silk.[/p][/quote]Thanks for clearing that up! If only she was in the paper a bit more often. hal pel
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5:37pm Fri 23 May 14

wsw69 says...

hal pel wrote:
wsw69 wrote:
Actually Maxine Peake is from Horwich, of which was mentioned three times over the course of the three series of Silk.
Thanks for clearing that up! If only she was in the paper a bit more often.
I agree, And let's have zero of the talentless Bolton numpty nuts Helen 'I'm F**k All Like a Celebrity' Flannagan.
[quote][p][bold]hal pel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: Actually Maxine Peake is from Horwich, of which was mentioned three times over the course of the three series of Silk.[/p][/quote]Thanks for clearing that up! If only she was in the paper a bit more often.[/p][/quote]I agree, And let's have zero of the talentless Bolton numpty nuts Helen 'I'm F**k All Like a Celebrity' Flannagan. wsw69
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10:56pm Fri 23 May 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Thank **** for this week's Maxine Peake update, BN. I was beginning to get anxious!
Thank **** for this week's Maxine Peake update, BN. I was beginning to get anxious! I, Ludicrous
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