ART & GENDER – Leslie Tate

I’m lying on my side in a darkened studio with lights and a camera pointed at my bare back. Christoffer is taking the pictures, directed by Andreas and Dagmara. The studio is in Aarhus, Denmark, I’m naked, and the film, called ‘Landscapes’, puts together close-up images of seven LGBTQI people over 60.

It’s a four-hour shoot, first across my back then tight on my chest, moving to my hand and finally to my upper body and face. While the camera pans through smoke effects and I’m in the picture, the film crew are exclaiming how beautiful it looks. Dagmara calls the session ‘funky’. It’s as if they’re sightseers in a gallery being constantly surprised and astonished by the artwork they see there. Continue reading ART & GENDER – Leslie Tate

WHAT GOES INTO AN EDIT?

Kendra Olson with her rescued cat Othello

I interviewed Kendra Olson about how she works with writers as a ‘developmental editor’. Kendra has an MLitt in Creative Writing and is the author of the historical fiction novel, The Forest King’s Daughter. She enjoys writing short stories and creative non-fiction, including book reviews. When Kendra is not writing she spends time with her cats and reading as many books as possible. Continue reading WHAT GOES INTO AN EDIT?

TOM CRAVEN – WATFORD ROCKS

Tom Craven

I interviewed Watford-based singer/songwriter Tom Craven who has played funk, pop, folk and high-energy rock and now runs his own events company. Tom says of himself: “My style is melodic song-writing. Involving big hooks, with generally acoustic-inspired arrangements. Mostly American in location, my music has included a lot of pop-rock sentiment, with melancholy rootsy vibes and a big emphasis on lyrical content. My heroes include Damien Rice, Neil Young, Tonic, Goo Goo Dolls, Gary Moore and Wishbone Ash.” Continue reading TOM CRAVEN – WATFORD ROCKS

SALLY CRONIN, BLOGGER AND INDIE AUTHOR, Part Two

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In part two of my interview with Smorgasbord blogger and indie author Sally Cronin, I asked about her upbringing, her love of language, and the differences between blogging and writing books.

Leslie: Can you describe the kinds of imaginative language you loved when you were growing up, please? Where did you get your ideas and help from? Continue reading SALLY CRONIN, BLOGGER AND INDIE AUTHOR, Part Two

SALLY CRONIN, BLOGGER AND INDIE AUTHOR, Part One

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I interviewed Sally Cronin who runs Smorgasbord, a lifestyle blog with 32,000+ followers, and has twenty years of published writing behind her. Sally says about herself: “In 1996. My first book ‘Size Matters’ was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another ten books since then on health and also fiction including three collections of short stories. I am an indie author and proud to be one.” Continue reading SALLY CRONIN, BLOGGER AND INDIE AUTHOR, Part One

LET’S TALK CREATIVE RADIO

Steve Campen

I interviewed Steve Campen, former producer at LBC Radio and studio manager at Essex Radio, who currently manages Creative Radio. I asked Steve about his lifetime experience of broadcasting, what makes good and bad radio, and today’s growth of podcasts. Continue reading LET’S TALK CREATIVE RADIO

KALI MEISTER – VALUE YOUR ENERGIES & TRUST THE SPIRIT

Kali Meister

I interviewed Kali Meister, spiritual healer, empath, claircognizant, and stand-up comedian. Kali, who studied psychology at the University of Tennessee, describes herself as a “Christened Catholic, former Baptist and Wiccan, Jewish sympathizing God fearing Buddhist.”

Leslie: Can you tell the story of how your calling as a medium/clairvoyant first showed itself?

Kali: I was 4 or 5 years old when my mother, brother and I had moved into a haunted house. My mother, her parents and I stayed in the house for the first time having moved everything in that day. My mother slept on the couch downstairs and I slept upstairs in the bed with my grandparents. My mother woke to an interdimensional being standing at the end of the couch. Continue reading KALI MEISTER – VALUE YOUR ENERGIES & TRUST THE SPIRIT

SIONNACH WINTERGREEN – GLAD TO BE GENDER-QUEER

Sionnach Wintergreen

I interviewed gender-queer author of male-to-male love stories, Sionnach Wintergreen,  asking questions about her place on the trans spectrum, her books and her unusual marriage.

Sionnach says of herself in her CV: “Sionnach (pronounced shuhn ukh) Wintergreen is the author of gay romance, epic fantasy, and adult fantasy. (She uses feminine personal pronouns because she has lived most of her life responding to them, but she would love it if people used ‘they’.) Her character-driven stories usually involve misfits because she is one.”

Sionnach is an animal lover and social activist living in Austin, Texas who has, in her own words, “One wonderful human son.” Continue reading SIONNACH WINTERGREEN – GLAD TO BE GENDER-QUEER

MEHREEN AHMED AND THE SINCERITY OF THE NARRATIVE

Mehreen Ahmed

I interviewed novelist and academic Mehreen Ahmed about her stream of consciousness fiction, her five published novels, and the personal methods and experiences that underpin her Modernist writing. Mehreen, who is an expert in computer-assisted language learning, has published several papers on the subject and has been successful in a number of writing prizes. She also has two MAs and comes from a family of writers. Born in Bangladesh, she now lives in Brisbane, Australia.

Leslie: I know that being a child refugee is one of your most powerful formative experiences. Could tell me your story, please? Continue reading MEHREEN AHMED AND THE SINCERITY OF THE NARRATIVE

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