A 2021 podcast talking to a curated list of some of Deia’s most interesting and storied inhabitants who all call Deia their home. What has bought them here, why do they love the place so much and what can they share with you about why Deia is so special?
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Damian Heine Suner
In this episode Tara talks to Deianenc Damian Heine Suner. With a PhD in Genetics, Damian currently does research in Molecular Biology and Genetics on the island. Damian tells us about his parents, the Deia Artist Mark Heine, a German Jew, who found himself in New York and then Deia after WWII, and his mother Francesca Suner, a Mallorcan school teacher who grew up on the island of Cabrera during the Spanish Civil War. Damian also shares fascinating insights into his work as a scientist.
In this episode Tara talks to Jonny Quinn, drummer for the award winning band Snow Patrol, and new resident of Deia. Jonny’s teddy bear personality shines through as he tells his story about what it's been like to make it big in the music world. He also shares some other very fun things about his life and family. His humility, kindness, and insightfulness makes this talk a pleasure to listen to. You also get to hear Tara geek out over cross country skiing. : )
In this episode Tara speaks with Steffi Schulz who co-wrote Faces of Mallorca with Mark Julian Edwards. Mark, who is also a photographer, took the photos, and together they created a beautiful book that is a celebration of the Mallorcan people. In this talk we get to know Steffi, as she tells us how the seed for the book was planted between her and Mark as a project concept, and how they decided to go for it. We also get some insights into the creative journey that Steffi took as the book came to life for her.
In this episode Tara talks to Alan Hydes, artist in residence at Hotel La Residencia, here in Deia. Alan's story is as colorful, varied and three dimensional as his art. An adventurer at heart, Alan shares how his family, and his willingness to take risks has shaped him into a great and well loved artist around the world. Alan’s openness and great sense of humor makes this a fun and lively listen.
In this episode Tara talks to the fun and energetic Dani Rotstein, the executive producer of the documentary Xueta Island, a movie that tells the story of the Mallorcan Jews who were forced to convert many centuries ago, and until recently, have been a taboo topic on the island. Dani talks about his life growing up in a Jewish home in New Jersey, falling in love with Spain, moving here, finding his true love in Spain, and then finding his calling to share the rich and varied history of the Mallorcan Jews.
In this episode Tara talks to Francesca Deia, a lifelong Deianenc who helps to run S'Hortet, a family run restaurant in the Clot. Francesca tells a fascinating story about her farming family and what things were like back in the days of Deia before the big changes came after the death of Franco. Her story is one of hard work, and heroic rebellion in the midst of a time and place when things were changing fast. Francesca is fiercely intelligent, and her strength and integrity shine through in this excellent talk.