Rosie speaks to Armistead Maupin, author of the acclaimed ‘Tales of the City’ set in 1970s San Francisco. His latest book ‘The Days of Anna Madrigal’, the ninth in the series, focuses on the beloved transgender landlady of the Tales. He reveals that his grandmother, who was a suffragette, had a great influence on the character of Anna Madrigal. Armistead also shares with us what it was like moving to San Francisco in the 1970s and offers us an insight into the Burning Man Festival, his friendship to Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood and future plans of a one man show.
Comedian David Mills talks about his new show ‘I Promised Myself I Wouldn’t Cry’. He and Rosie discuss the process of writing comedy and, with experience of performing in the US and in the UK, David reveals that both countries prefer a different style in delivering comedy. For example, in the UK it needs to be presented in a much faster pace than in the US. With regards to Maupin’s ‘Tales of the City’ David also recalls the time he lived in San Francisco. ‘I Promised Myself I Wouldn’t Cry’, is at the Soho Theatre on 3rd and 4th March.
Writer Cherry Potts fills us in about literary events within the LGBT history month. Among them ‘The Story Sessions: Queer Tales’ at the Ivy House in Nunhead on 19th February, where she, Cath Blackfeather, Anny Knight, Rebecca Idris and Claire Summerskill can be heard. Cherry tells us how The Story Sessions came about and what made her set up her publishing company Arachne Press. On Friday 21st February she is at the Crofton Park Community Library with ‘Cherry Potts Introduces Mosaic of Air’.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:
1) Rufus Wainwright: ‘San Francisco’ from the album “Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall”
2) O’Hooley & Tidow: ‘The Hum’ from the album “The Hum”
3) Amelia White: ‘Old Postcard’ from the album “Old Postcard”
4) Little Auk: ‘Wooly Clouds’ from the soundtrack of “North Sea Texas”