16 Mar 2012, Posted by Nick in Book Reviews, Features, General, Interviews, Journalism, Spirituality, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Jeanette Winterson interview


One of my favourite books of 2011 was Jeanette Winterson’s memoir Why be Happy When you Could be Normal? So I was delighted to get the opportunity to interview her recently for Third Way Magazine. Anyone familiar with her award-winning Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, in either its novel or BBC TV serial format, will remember the bold landmarks of the writer’s thinly-disguised autobiography: the terrifying adoptive mother, the gospel mission tent, the collision of lesbianism with fundamentalism. What’s Read more [...]
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28 Nov 2011, Posted by Nick in General, Interviews, Journalism, Parenting, Spirituality, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A chat with Annie Lennox


I’ve long admired Annie Lennox, both for the gutsy emotional honesty of her music and her commitment to human rights campaigning (not to mention my Eighties nostalgia for all those insanely danceable Eurythmics riffs). So when I got the chance to interview her for the December issue of Third Way magazine, I decided to dig a little deeper to find out what has shaped her philosophy of life. Here are some of my favourite moments from our 70-minute conversation… In 1984, you were married briefly Read more [...]
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04 Aug 2011, Posted by Nick in Broadcasting, Features, General, Journalism, 0 Comments

How life became radio drama


  BBC link to This Solitary Bird Not long after my friend Will McMillan passed away in 2005 (see The Saving Grace), I began to consider writing about him. His angry public outbursts were no secret, but I knew a much deeper, more generous man too and wanted to commemorate his short but vigorous life. I remembered many conversations, often surprising to both of us, which lent themselves to drama - particularly the intimate, intense medium of radio drama. But I had no prior experience Read more [...]
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03 Aug 2011, Posted by Nick in Broadcasting, Features, General, Journalism, 0 Comments Tagged , , , ,

The Saving Grace


Journalist Nick Thorpe tells of the inspiration for his new play - an unexpected friendship formed at the margins of society. When I first saw Will McMillan, he was wearing a battered overcoat, a silk cravat and a frown which hung like forked lightning above the storm cloud of his beard. He struck me as just the kind of man I would instinctively avoid in the street. As a cub reporter, newly arrived in Edinburgh from London, it fell to me as a kind of rite of passage to field the latest “story Read more [...]
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09 May 2011, Posted by Nick in Books, Journalism, 0 Comments

The Imperfectionists


I've just finished reading The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman, a tragicomic novel about eleven lives connected to one newspaper as print journalism enters its death-throes. Rachman, a former journalist himself, deservedly won rave reviews for this first work of fiction, which stirred in me emotions not commonly associated with the media: compassion, affection, gentle humour. It also made me quite nostalgic for my years on the staff of the Scotsman, which is suffering plungeing circulation figures Read more [...]
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