Category Archives: Features: Interviews

Jasper Fforde, Part 1: Having Fun with Shakespeare, Mel Gibson and Dodos.

Some established writers are a byword for their genre. Agatha Christie is to whodunits what Barbara Cartland is to romance; while Terry Pratchett is to fantasy what Jasper Fforde is to… well, to what, exactly? This dilemma has made Fforde’s … Continue reading

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Jasper Fforde, Part 2: Shades of Grey – “a different kind of fun.”

When I met Jasper Fforde, he was promoting his Shades of Grey novel. He didn’t do a very good job, as he left me with the impression that it would be dull, compared with his previous work. Having since spent … Continue reading

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Ian Anderson Wondrin’ Aloud about Canes, Cathedrals and Questions of Faith

Tracing the spiritual thread through Jethro Tull’s catalogue is a puzzling job. On Aqualung – the album that catapulted them up the ranks of classic rock bands – singer Ian Anderson was clearly angry with the Church, which could explain … Continue reading

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Dave Bainbridge – the Solo Work

Goodbye Iona, hello Celestial Fire. Dave Bainbridge’s unique Celtic/prog/ rock /folk band is on hiatus, but with his new band Celestial Fire he has taken its more combustible elements and thrown on another can of musical petrol. Fiery it certainly … Continue reading

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Harriet Lamb goes Bananas for FairTrade

Talk to Harriet Lamb C.B.E. without mentioning bananas? You might as well write a biography of Richard Nixon that skipped over Watergate or write about the FA Cup without mentioning Wembley. Their bold shape and colour may match her driving … Continue reading

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Paperback (and Hardback) Writer: Steve Turner on his book Beatles ’66

Writer Steve Turner must have one of the best jobs in the world. He gets to be creative every day, writing about things and people that interest him. He has the platform to put out his view of the world … Continue reading

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Dave Bainbridge: His Iona Story

Iona’s story is as fluid and mystical as the band’s blend of prog, Celtic, folk and jazz. It started with a few session musicians and produced songs that have changed people’s lives. When the project began, founding guitarist and keys … Continue reading

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Philip Yancey on Prayer

In the business world, inventors can make a fortune by giving shape to simple ideas that affect nearly everyone, such as the tetra-pak milk carton and cats’ eyes in the road. The millions-selling author Philip Yancey does a similar thing … Continue reading

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Ann Widdecombe, Wild Thing

There is a potent chemistry when mixing political figures and the BBC’s Saturday evening show Strictly Come Dancing. In 2008 John Sergeant, the man whom Margaret Thatcher famously ‘handbagged’ live in a news report, just as famously stomped and dragged … Continue reading

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Songs from the Deep Places – Duke Special, Part 1: Roots, Image and Faith

With eyeliner defining his eyes and his head part-shaven and part-dreadlocked, Duke Special doesn’t need a global marketing machine to give him an image. Character and talent are the twin traits that get him business.

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