Alumni Profile of Stuart James - English Literature Graduate
Stuart James is the Editor for the Daily Star Sunday. He graduated from Bangor in 1987 with a BA Honours in English Literature.
I’m 50 years old and originally from a village called Chinley in the Peak District in Derbyshire. I attended Long Lane Comprehensive School, Chapel-en-le-Frith before going onto Bangor University to study a BA Honours in English Literature. I graduated in 1987.
I liked the idea of being close to the mountains and the sea. The University also allowed me to switch from doing History to doing English Lit
Highlights at Bangor…
Definitely the social life, plus the stunning scenery of Snowdonia, Anglesey and the Menai Strait.
The Students' Union was a really lively hub and I spent a lot of time there. I also loved playing pool in the pubs on the High Street. I did a lot of climbing in the mountains and lived in a few different places around Bangor, including Llanddaniel Fab on Anglesey, Talysarn in the Nantlle Valley and Tregarth. I really fell in love with the area and go back regularly.
I had some great teachers on the English course including Ian Gregson and Tony Brown.
Advice for prospective students…
Make the most of the fabulous scenery around you. Take a picnic down to Newborough Beach. Explore Anglesey. Climb Snowdon and Tryfan and The Glyders. Go to Pete’s Eats in Llanberis and tuck into their monster portions. Visit the castles at Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris. Have a fresh mackerel sandwich and a pint at the Ty Coch Inn at Porthdinllaen on the Lleyn Peninsula. Take a day trip to Llandudno and ride the tram up the Great Orme (have the famous steak pie at Enoch’s in Llandudno Junction on the way home).
Learn a little bit of Welsh – even if it’s just the lyrics to Calon Lan, Myfanwy or Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.
Life after Bangor…
I became a trainee reporter on the North Wales Weekly News in Llandudno Junction in 1988 and spent two and a half years covering Conwy, Llandudno Junction, the Conwy Valley and Deganwy. Not a bad patch, centred on a medieval walled town with one of Europe’s great castles! I then worked on the South Wales Evening Post in Swansea before switching to sports journalism on Wales on Sunday and the South Wales Echo in Cardiff. I moved up to London in 1995 and worked on sport, news and features at The Sun and the News of The World before concentrating on sport again at the Sunday People, Sunday Mirror and The Mirror. In 2002, I helped to launch the Daily Star Sunday. I’m currently the Editor at the Daily Star Sunday.
Bangor was a fantastic place to go to university – I loved every minute of it and I’d recommend it to anyone!