What a drama getting to this interview yesterday… I managed to park on the other side of town. I forgot my phone in the car. Upon realising this I was a few streets away already running tight. So I took a calculated risk and left my white iphone in the driver’s seat, rather than rescuing it and getting late for my interview. The thinking was: it’s such a dank and grey day that a potential car burglar would have to get close to the window to be able to see inside. I raced across town in the rain. Sheffield Live! was not where I thought it was going to be. Firstly Paternoster Row was not where I thought it should be. It wasn’t far – it was parallel to my idea of it. Then I couldn’t find the building itself. Of course at this point one turns to one’s phone: maps, email or even makes a call. After getting directions from someone I was sent the wrong way down the road, now getting warm and breaking into a sweat in my brown woolly jumper and thick coat. After returning from the direction of the bus station, nearly via BBC Sheffield (due to misdirection by the Big Issue seller), I managed to get ‘accurate’ directions from someone at the Showroom Cinema – today’s farishta. And it was just around the corner from there. I arrived in a breathless urgency and a little cross. My emotions plateaued in the exceedingly s_l_o_w lift. 90 seconds later we’re on air.
Sheffield Live! Interview 25 Feb 2013
In my defence I’m still getting my bearings around Sheffield…
Unsurprisingly the car window was still intact and phone sat waiting patiently for me.
I’ve a live radio interview at 12:10 (GMT) today with Kevin Resley on the Communities Live programme on Sheffield Live! online or 93.2FM.
Here’s the 1 min 11 edit on the Sunrise website.
And just to clarify, we’re using the real life interviews as ‘inspiration’ – a starting point. We’re not making verbatim theatre through the retelling of specific lives.
And what’s just sliced from the end of the interview is: whilst this project isn’t trying to change the world, it is about breathing life into this much hidden subject in Asian communities (to raise more awareness, discussion and understanding).
Ok, just been told there should be a longer edit – 1 minute – on the sister radio station Kismat
Sunrise Radio interview to air today every hour this morning just after the hour. This is their LGB/T coverage week. Listen live online or access in archives from tomorrow.
I’m looking forward to attending Brave New World tomorrow. It looks like an interesting line up. It will be great to hear about other LGBT projects currently taking place. It will also be useful to make some new links with the heritage sector. Whilst the theatre production is the initial priority, I’m also looking to maximise the learning, training and archive potential of the material gathered; and to appropriately celebrate and profile the lives of the respondents more directly.
Last week was a busy week with a few radio interviews. BBC Asian Network’s Entertainment News covered the project. It was aired as a 3-min short at the end of the news programme flagging up the project and issue of Asian homosexuality. I hadn’t done a telephone interview in a short while. I was reminded how a live or studio recorded interview is preferable where possible to a telephone recorded interview. A telephone recording when broadcast can sound flatter, and a little lacking in energy and spark. It was great to get the coverage.
I received a text on Friday from a friend:
“Random! Was buying samosas on Dudley Road. Radio was on talking about your project. It’s def out there!”
And I thought that I’d done my job. That’s the great thing about the Asian Network – a national broadcaster… It can get into all sorts of nooks and crannies as it’s listened to by so many people – especially Asians of all backgrounds.
The interview is available to listen to for another 3-days.
On Friday I had an interview with Gaydio in Manchester – a north West community radio station. Andrew Edwards runs The Sunday Forum on Sunday mornings from 7-9am. This was a studio recorded interview. Andrew was great. He has quite a casual chatty style.
I was delightfully surprised when he asked me to pick a song to play in the middle of the interview. I chose, True Colours by Cyndi Lauper. Firstly it is a landmark song etched into my youth. I was 11 in 1986 when it was released. Cyndi certainly was ‘alternative’ yet accessible during my diet of popular chart music. And the subject felt appropriate: overcoming your inner fear and being who you are, because that’s OK, in fact it is beautiful.
For those that don’t know Cyndi Lauper is an activist for LGBT equality. She co-founded the True Colours Fund which sets out to inspire and engage all, especially straight folk in the advancement of LGBT equality.
Andrew informs me that he played an edit of our interview on ALLFM yesterday too. This gets repeated on Tuesday 12th Febraury at 9am. This can be heard in Manchester or online.
I recorded another telephone interview; with Kiran Kaur of Sunrise Radio, an Asian Southall-based radio station covering Greater London. The station’s plans to cover LGBT issues during a week of programming to mark LGBT History Month (February) I think very progressive and commendable. It is not yet known when the week will be broadcast but there’s another 17-days left in the month.
Keep the interviews coming…