Rosie has Green Carnation Prize winner Anneliese Mackintosh on the phone, who is in Manchester and offers us an insight into ‘Any Other Mouth’, her collection of short stories. Anneliese tells us that she originally wrote the stories for herself as she did not expect ‘Any Other Mouth’ to be published. It was a means to deal with the past and the first time that she wrote about herself. After having dealt with a trauma in a ‘painfully honest’ way, she now works on a new book, which focuses on keeping the newly gained balance in life. ‘Any Other Mouth’ is published by Freight Books.
Anne Crump and Isabel Toms-Whittle from the lesbian drama group ‘Not So Lovelies’ share how the group evolved out of their work at the Drill Hall, which is now a venue used by RADA. Having lost their performance space, they decided that they wanted to continue performing lesbian drama. ‘Tales of Love, Lost and Found’ is an evening of storytelling and their first production. They also discuss the lesbian scene in south London and by presenting the show in Croydon, they hope to enrich it. ‘Tales of Love, Lost and Found’ is upstairs at the Spread Eagle in Croydon on 7th February 2015.
Brendan Nash reviews Alan Cumming’s family memoir ‘Not My Father’s Son’. Brendan explains that Alan Cumming’s ‘Not My Father’s Son’ alternates between the year 2010, when Cumming was filming ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, and his childhood memories. Brendan highly recommends reading the book for its fantastic examination of life, but he also enjoyed getting an insight into the production process of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. He describes Cumming’s tone of writing as subtly camp, very self-depricating, but also funny. He also says that we learn that Cumming is a survivor and that he decided early on in life not to worry about shame. ‘Not My Father’s Son’ is published in the UK by Canongate.
Writers Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper present their latest adult pantomime ‘Treasure Island – The Curse of the Pearl Necklace’. Jon reveals that they started working on the book in May and that they read R. L. Stevenson’s original in preparation for it. They also point out that this year it is actually a LGBT pantomime, in which lesbian, gay, bi and transgender characters are represented. For example, there is a transgender merman, who narrates the story. They are also proud that the show contains self-penned songs. ‘Treasure Island – The Curse of the Pearl Necklace’ runs at Above the Stag until 10th January 2015.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:
1) Sheila Simmonds: ‘Sheila Simmonds’ Christmas in D Major’ from the album “Hashtags & Handbags”
2) Lea DeLaria: Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ from the album “Be a Santa”
3) Marlene Dietrich: ‘Candles Glowing’ from the album “Falling in Love Again – The Marlene Dietrich Collection”
4) Miss Hope Springs: ‘By the Fire’ from the album “Now It’s Christmas Time”