Monday, 3 October 2016

From Louie Spence to Kandinsky

The variety of people I meet and events I cover continues to make my job as a freelance writer as exciting as it is unpredictable. Just last week, for example, I was chatting to that most natural of performers, Louie Spence, along with Linda Robson (Birds of a Feather) whose easy going nature made our encounter seem more like a friends’ chat than an interview. The following evening Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre gave me press ticket for the opening night of Sunny Afternoon. What an entertaining show! It was packed with energy, some of my favourite songs and outstanding performances. As you might imagine, I spent the next few days broadcasting its merits on twitter. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s on a nationwide tour and not to be missed.

In print, meanwhile, Hertfordshire Life has published my interview with photographer, Rachel Piper. I met another photographer at an exhibition during the summer – Stuart Feurtado – and he is my latest Our Creative Vale subject in Vale Life magazine. My Hampshire Life artist profile this month is John Green and Buckinghamshire Life includes two of my features: an interview with the amazingly talented magician, Tom Elderfield, and a piece about West Wycombe’s Hell Fire Caves where I’d been on a candlelit ghost tour.

Since I interview so many artists, I recently took the opportunity to go along to a Wendover Art Club talk about abstract artist, Kandinsky. It was a fascinating evening, partly due to the subject but I also met a couple of artists whom I plan to interview next year.

Now what else? Oh yes, I was privileged to critique the first three chapters of a friend’s book and continue to write three Neighbourhood News columns for The Bucks Herald. And it was good to catch up with Carole Matthews at the last Chiltern Writers meeting. There’s lots more in the pipeline, of course, but I’ll save details for next time.