Rosie goes down memory lane with author and journalist Damian Barr, whose memoirs ‘Maggie and Me’ received rave reviews and led him to become Stonewall Writer of the Year. In ‘Maggie and Me’ Damian Barr remembers growing up in Scotland and the impact Margaret Thatcher had on his life. He reveals that his was family was shocked when they read the book and learned what had happened in his childhood. He also shares the news that the book will be turned into a TV series and that his work at the Literary Salon at Shoreditch House goes well as on 17th February Armistead Maupin, author of ‘Tales of the City’ can be expected to talk about his latest book ‘The Days of Anna Madrigal’. More of Damian on Twitter @Damian_Barr.
Wendy Baverstock shares her thoughts on the French film ‘Blue Is the Warmest Colour’, which won the Palm d’Or in Cannes this year. It tells the passionate love story between two young women, who move in together and later break up. Wendy was deeply impressed by the intensity of the film, which she very much enjoyed. Despite praising the film, she and Rosie also discuss its flaws when it comes to the passing of time, for example, and the harsh working conditions on the film set, which made headlines. ‘Blue Is the Warmest Colour’ is released in the UK on 15th November.
Journalist and writer Iman Qureshi talks about her debut play ‘Speed’, a comedy that takes a bittersweet look at speed-dating. Iman started working on the play two years ago and worked with Kali Theatre who helped her to shape the play through workshops. She also did some speed-dating in a straight environment for research purposes, but she stresses that the process or rather outcome is more about finding one’s identity. Speed is at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 3rd to 7th December.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:
1) Bronski Beat: ‘Smalltown Boy’ from the album “The Age of Consent”
2) Zachs & Krieg: ‘Keeping You Alive’
3) O’Hooley & Tidow: ‘The Hum’ from the album “The Hum”
4) Marcus Reeves: ‘Gone’ from the album “Quicksilver – The Masquerade Macabre”