I had a great time this morning talking to Gill Garrett on her NHSound Writers on the Radio slot. Mainly because I had loads of time to talk about my favourite topic – me!
Sam Knight, I was aware, couldn’t make it but I had expected Aine Morrris to be on as well and frankly take the lions share of attention – who doesn’t like listening to clever people talking about food and food writing. I know I do, nearly as much as eating the stuff! However she was unable to make the morning slot so I was able to monopolise most of the guest time.
As it was, with talking about writing and my background and local writers groups and Carys books I probably only read a little more than I wold have read had I been corralled into my original time.
Gill dealt with all the vicissitudes of fate like a true professional and managed to keep me mostly on topic without having to hit me with anything harder than a friendly smile a deftly delivered cue to start reading.
I had a relaxing time looking out of the studio window at the Blorenge mountain while listening to a playlist that was remarkably close to my favourite listening from the past: with Fairport Convention and Leonard Cohen particular favourites.
A big thank you to Gill for inviting me, and to her, the station manager and the team for making me so welcome.
I am available for a repeat anytime you have a free morning!
I should have mentioned this earlier but I have been up and down about whether I could make this and forgot to write it up when I confirmed the date. I have been looking forward to reading some of my material on NHS Sound Abergavenny on Thursday 13 September on the Writers on the Radio slot from 1000-1200hrs GMT.
If you aren’t in the area it is available online at NHS Sound Abergavenny and I will be reading extracts from ‘Wolf!’, ‘Strange People’ one of my short stories based on my childhood experiences of having an ASD in the neurotypical world of the early 1960s and possibly some other works, maybe even a poem or two depending on time.
Gill Garrett, whose programme it is will be talking to me and no doubt making me sound much more interesting than I am. If you get bored with that then there will also be Aine Morris the CEO of the Abergavenny Food Festival on talking about the Festival and food writing.
Sam Knight of Carys books was due to be on as well but he has had to withdraw for personal reasons – so you’ll be getting more of me – bad luck – we all wish Sam well and with luck he will be on the programme soon.
Apologies for the short notice – hope you can listen to some of it.
There are ways to prepare for interviews. Wrestling with Tuesday evening traffic and the one way system in Bristol isn’t one of the recommended ones. We fought an honourable draw with me eventually finding a parking space within a couple of minutes walk of my destination, the Old Vic Theatre.
Fortunately I wasn’t there for an audition. I had an interview with Kim Wright for Swindon 1055 radio. Kim presents Art2Art on the station and wanted an interview about my motivation for WOLF! and my writing in general.
This was a first for me, I’ve done print interviews before but never radio, so I didn’t have many preconceptions. I think I had expected a list of questions before hand but Kim likes to keep it spontaneous so I went in with an open (blank?) mind. (I didn’t feel I had yet reached the Jeffrey Archer stage of handing him a list with a casual ‘These are the questions.’)
It felt relaxed despite not being entirely sure where we might go with it and I enjoyed the experience. Whether that is a good thing or not, I am not sure. I’ll find out how it plays after the edit when I hear the broadcast myself . I’m not in the area that receives the show but it is broadcast live on the web at swindon1055.com on Friday at 2pm and repeated on Sunday at 3pm.
So if you want to put a voice to the face and the words, now’s your chance.
swindon1055.com on Friday at 2pm and repeated on Sunday at 3pm.