George Butler


Artist George Butler discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

George is an award winning artist and illustrator specialising in travel and current affairs. In 2014, with three friends, he set up the Hands Up Foundation. The aim was to remind the people they had met in Syria that they had not been forgotten. Find out more about George at

1. The work of Ronald Searle
2. Evelyn the movie
3. Sam Cooke’s Live at the Harlem Square Club
4. EO Wilson
5. Hands Up Foundation
6. Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Tarik O’Regan


Composer Tarik O’Regan discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Tarik O’Regan has written music for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and the Royal Opera House, London.

He is currently working on a saxophone concerto, which has been commissioned for soloist Amy Dickson by the Presteigne Festival to be premiered during his tenure as Composer-in-Residence in 2020.

Tarik O’Regan’s work, recognized with two GRAMMY® nominations and two British Composer Awards, has been recorded on 39 albums.

  1. Librettists
  2. Western Addition (PHOTO: Alamo Square)
  3. Eswatini (PHOTO: Malolotja National Park)
  4. Musical commission fees
  5. Vermouth

  1. Original songs which became famous cover versions


Emma Vandore


Emma Vandore discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Emma is a writer and journalist. She has reported from over 30 countries on six continents, published in all of them, and now focuses on thought leadership content. Her long form work includes Schizophrenie Francaise, a satirical take on French politics that Paris Match described as the book all presidential candidates should read. In 2016, an idea for a novel won her a place on Escalator talent development scheme run by the National Centre for Writing and she has been working on it ever since. An early draft was shortlisted for London Book Fair’s The Write Stuff. She also runs a monthly creative writing workshop which meets in Bishop’s Stortford. Find out more at

1. Harlow
2. Mooncups
3. Story talent
4. Punjab
5. Open water swimming
6. Appreciation of the little things in life

Christina Gascoigne


Photographer, children’s book illustrator and potter Christina Gascoigne discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

  1. Great River Race
  2. The Other Final
  3. Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculptures
  4. Helen Schjerfbeck
  5. Muriel Herbert
  6. Combat Stress

Kathleen Alcott


Novelist Kathleen Alcott talks to Ivan about six things which should be better known. Kathleen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels America Was Hard to Find, Infinite Home and The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets. You can find out more about her at

1. The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin
2. News From Home
3. Time of the Last Persecution
4. James Salter’s Twenty Minutes
5. The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag

JJ Bola


JJ Bola talks to Ivan about six things which should be better known. JJ Bola is a writer, poet and author of Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined.

  1. Pedagogy of the oppressed by Paulo Freire
  1. Crisis in Congo
  1. Paul Lewin art work
  1. Karim Kamar
  1. United Borders and 4Front and
  1. The Upright Man

Peter Blegvad


Peter Blegvad discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

1. Small presses in the UK

2. Amateurs

3. Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley

4. Lucia Berlin

5. Sally O’Reilly

6. Chris Cutler’s Probes series of podcasts

Peter is a writer, graphic artist, songwriter and broadcaster. He has been making music since the mid 70s with Slapp Happy, Faust, Henry Cow, John Greaves, The Golden Palominos, John Zorn, Andy Partridge and others.

His weekly comic strip, Leviathan, ran in the Independent on Sunday from 1991-98 and The Book of Leviathan was published in the UK and the US in 2000. A Mandarin translation was published in 2010. A French translation won le Prix de Révelation at Angoulême Festival in 2014. The Pedestrian, a photo-based strip, is online here:

He has supplied BBC Radio 3 with ‘eartoons’ since 2002, and has won two Sony awards for his radio work, one in 2003 and one in 2012 (the latter for Use It Or Lose It a collaboration with Iain Chambers).

He taught Creative Writing at the University of Warwick for 15 years and was Senior Tutor in Visual Writing at the Royal College of Art, London from 2012 – 2015. He has taught several illustration workshops at the Die Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst.

In 2011 he was elected president of the London Institute of Pataphysics.

An introduction to his life-long multi-media epistemological project Imagine, Observe, Remember is online here: