Interview with Kim Shuck – San Francisco’s Poet Laureate. Kim talks about growing up in a hippy household in California; her new found experience of being recognised by the public as a Poet Laureate, often at the strangest moments; the good and the bad behavioural gains and losses of the countercultural movement, as well as the seductive nature of live performing and how after that artists are often left with a feeling of something empty or missing, which for me ties in well with the issues of artists and possibly issues with addiction, to fame or substances.
Jon East talks about film craft.
Interview with Jon East. TV and film director – Summerhill School, The Last Kingdom, Magritte. Jon talks about film craft; his upbringing; the creative process; the writing and development process; how and when we should get feedback from others on scripts; casting and shooting the Summerhill TV series, as well as some of his more recent directorial projects: The Last Kingdom and Magritte.
Author Joanna Harcourt-Smith on ‘Tripping The Bardo With Timothy Leary‘.
Interview with Joanna Harcourt-Smith. Joanna is a writer and podcaster, the longtime partner of Dr. Timothy Leary and author of Tripping the Bardo With Timothy Leary. Joanna talks about times when she knew us as kids; the creative process and writing her book; the most interesting of Timothy Leary’s writing and work at Harvard, as well as finding the lost love letters Timothy had written to Joanna from prison – now on display at the National Museum in Washington D.C. A find which bizarrely also contained a bunch of drawings I’d given to Joanna in 1972, of us, a house and a spaceship.
Zoë Readhead on staying alive as an alternative educational establishment.
Zoë Readhead, Summerhill Principal – interview sample. In the interview Zoë talks about the tough business of staying alive as an alternative educational establishment in the highly bureaucratic world of education; changes at the school over the years in terms of the grounds and buildings as well as the cultural and international mix of the students. Zoë also recounts the school’s battle for survival with Ofsted, the school regulators, who tried to shut the school down unless it fundamentally changed its approach to raising kids, which was resisted when the students and staff fought back, raising money to secure the services of a great barrister who won the case for the school in the British law courts.
Gerard Mosiniak, chef and restaurateur on Rock and cooking.
Gerard Mosiniak. International chef, Punk/Pub Rocker and partner in London restaurants with Roxy Music’s Andy Mackay, amongst others. Gerard talks about working as an executive chef in many countries and also his varied life as a bandleader and life after being the cook at Nellcôte, where the Rolling Stones recorded ‘Exile on Main Street’ and where he introduced us Brits to great French cooking when I was there as a child in 1971.