Ask Jules Faber what the most important ingredient is to living a creative life. He’ll begin to answer, then his daughter will interrupt him to tell him she’s just lost a tooth (the second for the week). He’ll acknowledge her, then slip back into his discussion with you as easily as you can imagine. Adaptability, he’ll say. And you believe him.
French poet and novelist, Jehanne de Champvallon could be the subject of a poem by Baudelaire or a play by Wilde. And she’s not afraid to follow from the transgressive authors who inspire her.
I postpone my interview with rapper, slam poet and writer Omar Musa because I’m trapped at the hairdressers with foils in my hair. It’s a slightly embarrassing reason for moving our arranged time forward, but I decide to text him with the truth of why I am running late. The reply: genial, to say the least.
It’s difficult to catch actor Philippe Maymat for an interview these days. Between his commitments to theatre roles, such as his recent performance as Claudius in Daniel Mesguich’s production of Hamlet in Paris, his numerous film and television commitments and Frangins, the one-man play he wrote about his relationship with his brother, Philippe is a busy guy.
Ask writers how they came to writing, and many of them will tell you it’s a “vocation”; something they can’t but do. In his book The Art of Work, Jeff Goins makes a kind of call to arms, asking people to listen to the voice telling them to write, give up on purposeless living and do what they are ‘made’ for.
‘Candour’ is a word that comes to mind when I think of actress, author and festival director, Melanie Myers. And when I think of the word candour, it reminds me of Cecily’s great line from Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest, “I think that when someone has anything unpleasant to say, one should always be quite candid.”
Even the most brick-faced stoic amongst us would find it difficult not to be moved by an Adele song.
It’s been 35 years since the arrival in Japan of the now iconic arcade game Pac-Man. Professor Toru Iwatani recently told Time magazine where the inspiration for the game came from.
Though Joe Dolce wrote the number one hit song “Shaddap You Face”, there’s nothing ‘shaddup’ in his approach to his life and work. A prolific creator, Dolce continues to write music, perform and write poetry and essays.
…and there I was in a room with swaying, yelping female bodies moving in unison to the beat, throwing their arms to the sky and lifting their chins in a vociferous prayer to the god – of dance.