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 http://www.emmavandore.com

1. Harlow https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-to-do-in-harlow-essex-england/
2. Mooncups https://www.mooncup.co.uk/why-mooncup/
3. Story talent https://ingridsundberg.com/2013/05/28/literary-talent-vs-story-talent/
4. Punjab https://www.indianholiday.com/punjab/
5. Open water swimming https://www.clublasanta.co.uk/what-are-the-benefits-of-open-water-swimming/
6. Appreciation of the little things in life https://www.amazon.co.uk/Small-Pleasures-Life-Philippe-Delerm/dp/1861591160

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 https://www.greatriverrace.co.uk/
  2. The Other Final https://lesserspottedfootball.com/the-other-final-review/
  3. Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculptures https://www.artfutura.org/v3/en/theo-jansen/
  4. Helen Schjerfbeck https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/helene-schjerfbeck
  5. Muriel Herbert https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/may/09/muriel-herbert-musical-compositions
  6. Combat Stress https://www.combatstress.org.uk/

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 http://www.kathleenalcott.com.

1. The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin https://www.gutenberg.org/files/365/365-h/365-h.htm
2. News From Home https://vimeo.com/47911048
3. Time of the Last Persecution https://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review.php/817
4. James Salter’s Twenty Minutes https://www.vogue.com/article/james-salter-tribute
5. The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Volcano_Lover
6. Fitnessblender.com https://explorationsofelliese.com/2018/02/23/fitness-blender-depth-review/

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 https://beautifultrouble.org/theory/pedagogy-of-the-oppressed/
  1. Crisis in Congo https://congojustice.org/
  1. Paul Lewin art work https://www.instagram.com/paullewinart/
  1. Karim Kamar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0KCw-t3nkc
  1. United Borders and 4Front http://unitedborders.org/ and https://www.4frontproject.org/
  1. The Upright Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Vlt41HPUE

Peter Blegvad


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

1. Small presses in the UK https://www.thisissplice.co.uk/about-splice/small-presses-in-the-uk/

2. Amateurs https://fs.blog/2017/08/amateurs-professionals/

3. Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley https://siarchives.si.edu/history/featured-topics/stories/wilson-bentley-pioneering-photographer-snowflakes

4. Lucia Berlin https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n23/patricia-lockwood/sex-on-the-roof

5. Sally O’Reilly https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/learn/writer-in-residence/sally-oreilly/

6. Chris Cutler’s Probes series of podcasts https://rwm.macba.cat/en/probes_tag

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: http://www.electrocomics.com/strips.htm

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: http://www.amateur.org.uk

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 http://www.catherinejohnson.co.uk.

1. Maya Deren https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Deren

2. Colonel Alexander Dumas http://www.melaniejackson.com/alexandre-dumas-swashbuckler-extraordinaire/

3. Liza Picard https://felicitybryan.com/fba-author/liza-picard/

4. The Colour of Pomegranates https://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/oct/07/the-colour-of-pomegranates-sergei-parajanov-london-film-festival-2014

5. Charles Keeping http://www.thekeepinggallery.co.uk/

6. The Devil in Salem https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49997033

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 https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/oct/27/sunday-in-the-park-with-george-review-jake-gyllenhall-sondheim
  2. Solfege http://www.southcalmusic.com/solfege.php
  3. Evensong https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/the-joy-of-evensong/
  4. Louise Imogen Guiney http://essays.quotidiana.org/guiney/quiet_london/
  5. English National Opera’s Access All Arias https://www.eno.org/your-visit/ways-to-save-offers/
  6. The origin of the Nokia ringtone https://www.classicfm.com/composers/tarrega/nokia-theme-tune-origins/