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:

Catherine Johnson


Catherine Johnson discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Catherine has written over twenty books for children and teenagers. Her most recent, Freedom, won the Little Rebels Book Award and was selected as the UK’s IBBY (International Board of Books for Young People) Honor List title. She is also a screenwriter and has written for TV and film, including Bullet Boy. She is currently working on an adaptation of Miranda Kaufman’s Black Tudors for TV and a computer game for a British Game developer. Find out more at

1. Maya Deren

2. Colonel Alexander Dumas

3. Liza Picard

4. The Colour of Pomegranates

5. Charles Keeping

6. The Devil in Salem

Alex Woolf


Composer Alex Woolf discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known. Find out more about Alex.

  1. Sunday in the Park with George
  2. Solfege
  3. Evensong
  4. Louise Imogen Guiney
  5. English National Opera’s Access All Arias
  6. The origin of the Nokia ringtone

Charlie Connelly


Writer Charlie Connelly discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known. His books include Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast, And Did Those Feet: Walking Through 2000 Years Of British and Irish History and Our Man In Hibernia: Ireland, The Irish And Me. Read more about Charlie.

1. Noel Coward’s poetry

2. Sheila Borrett

3. Bap Kennedy

4. The Radio Garden App

5. The Norwegian Fish Canning Museum, Stavanger

6. Fifty Years of Europe: An Album by Jan Morris

Maya Jasanoff

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Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff discusses with Ivan six things that she thinks should be better known. Find out more about Maya. Her most recent book is The Dawn Watch.

1. Albert Kahn global photo archive

2. Shakespeare Wallah

3. Aeon online magazine

4. The Invention of Tradition,%20The%20Highland%20Tradition.pdf

5. Last Chance U

6. Khichuri

Petroc Trelawny

BBC Radio 3 Presenters

BBC Radio 3 Breakfast show presenter Petroc Trelawny discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

  1. Miklos Banffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy
  2. Call My Agent!
  3. Hungarian wine
  4. Limerick
  5. Lennox Berkeley
  6. The Railway Dining Car

Jeremy Treglown


Jeremy Treglown talks to Ivan about six things which he thinks should be better known. Jeremy is chair of Arvon and has written biographies of Roald Dahl, Henry Green, VS Pritchett and John Hersey. He was editor of the Times Literary Supplement between 1981 and 1990.

  1. Carn Brea
  2. Mozart’s Requiem in D minor with soloists taken from the chorus
  3. John Hersey’s Hiroshima
  4. Spanish Museum of Abstract Art
  5. Ruth Matilda Anderson’s photos of Spain
  6. The present isn’t so superior to the past

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