Please excuse the brevity of this post. I’m racing out as we speak to a silent retreat.
Following on from The Love That Knows Much Shame, Harjit Sarang, Fiyaz Mughal and I had some radio interviews with BBC Radio channels across England on Sunday 25 May 2014.
I was on BBC Radio Nottingham on the Dhamaka programme with presenter Kaval Vaseer.
Starts 40:55 – 46:55. Available here for another four days from today.
Harjit was on BBC Radio Sheffield on Eastern Air with presenter Waheed Akhtar.
Starts 02:06:05 – 02:10:40. Available here for another four days.
Fiyaz was on BBC Radio Derby with presenter Satvinder Rana.
Starts 01:11:55 – 01:21:10. Available here for another four days.
And another from me on BBC Radio Stoke with presenter Ajmal Hussain.
Starts 01:06:45 – 01:16:30. Available here for another four days from today.
Another from Harjit on BBC Radio Manchester Indus programme with Talat-Farooq Awan.
Starts 01:12:55 – 01:16:45. Available here for another four days.
And another from Fiyaz on BBC Radio Gloucestershire with Many Masih.
Starts 01:24:15 – 01:29:00. Available here for another four days.
And I’m afraid it was another from me on BBC Radio Northampton with Jona Kotnis.
Starts 01:38:10 – 01:46:46. Available here for another four days.
For Bolly lovers this interview’s preceded by from Kabhi Khushi Kabhei Gham 01:31:40 – 01:37:30.
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.