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Each week, a guest makes a series of recommendations of things which they think should be better known. Our recommendations include interesting people, places, objects, stories, experiences and ideas which our guest feels haven't had the exposure that they deserve.

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Each week, a guest makes a series of recommendations of things which they think should be better known. Our recommendations include interesting people, places, objects, stories, experiences and ideas which our guest feels haven't had the exposure that they deserve.

    George Butler

    George Butler

    Artist George Butler discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

    George is an award winning artist and illustrator specialising in travel and current affairs. In 2014, with three friends, he set up the Hands Up Foundation. The aim was to remind the people they had met in Syria that they had not been forgotten. Find out more about George at www.georgebutler.org.

    The work of Ronald Searle https://lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v08/n08/graham-hough/prisoners
    Evelyn the movie https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/oct/26/evelyn-review-moving-documentary-on-a-familys-loss
    Sam Cooke’s Live at the Harlem Square Club https://medium.com/@elliotimes/my-all-timers-31-sam-cooke-live-at-the-harlem-square-club-1963-debc240f358a
    EO Wilson https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2010/04/08/the-homer-of-the-ants/
    Hands Up Foundation https://handsupfoundation.org/
    Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/book-prizes/science-book-prize/2017/other-minds/
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    Tarik O'Regan

    Tarik O'Regan

    Composer Tarik O'Regan discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

    Tarik O'Regan has written music for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and the Royal Opera House, London.

    He is currently working on a saxophone concerto, which has been commissioned for soloist Amy Dickson by the Presteigne Festival to be premiered during his tenure as Composer-in-Residence in 2020. 

    Tarik O’Regan’s work, recognized with two GRAMMY® nominations and two British Composer Awards, has been recorded on 39 albums.


    Librettists https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/01/08/nights-at-the-opera



    Western Addition http://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=Western_Addition:_A_Basic_History



    Eswatini https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43821512



    Musical commission fees https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2014/aug/18/future-new-music-composers-report-pay



    Vermouth https://talesofthecocktail.com/in-depth/9-myths-about-vermouth-debunked



    Original songs which became famous cover versions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJKe2j9Wjh4


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    Emma Vandore

    Emma Vandore

    Emma Vandore discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

    Emma is a writer and journalist. She has reported from over 30 countries on six continents, published in all of them, and now focuses on thought leadership content. Her long form work includes Schizophrenie Francaise, a satirical take on French politics that Paris Match described as the book all presidential candidates should read. In 2016, an idea for a novel won her a place on Escalator talent development scheme run by the National Centre for Writing and she has been working on it ever since. An early draft was shortlisted for London Book Fair’s The Write Stuff. She also runs a monthly creative writing workshop which meets in Bishop’s Stortford. Find out more at www.emmavandore.com

    Harlow https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-to-do-in-harlow-essex-england/
    Mooncups https://www.mooncup.co.uk/why-mooncup/
    Story talent https://ingridsundberg.com/2013/05/28/literary-talent-vs-story-talent/
    Punjab https://www.indianholiday.com/punjab/
    Open water swimming https://www.clublasanta.co.uk/what-are-the-benefits-of-open-water-swimming/
    Appreciation of the little things in life https://www.amazon.co.uk/Small-Pleasures-Life-Philippe-Delerm/dp/1861591160
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    Christina Gascoigne

    Christina Gascoigne

    Photographer, children’s book illustrator and potter Christina Gascoigne discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.


    Great River Race https://www.greatriverrace.co.uk/



    The Other Final https://lesserspottedfootball.com/the-other-final-review/



    Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculptures https://www.artfutura.org/v3/en/theo-jansen/



    Helen Schjerfbeck https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/helene-schjerfbeck



    Muriel Herbert https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/may/09/muriel-herbert-musical-compositions



    Combat Stress https://www.combatstress.org.uk/


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    Kathleen Alcott

    Kathleen Alcott

    Novelist Kathleen Alcott talks to Ivan about six things which should be better known. Kathleen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels America Was Hard to Find, Infinite Home and The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets. You can find out more about her at www.kathleenalcott.com.

    The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin https://www.gutenberg.org/files/365/365-h/365-h.htm
    News From Home https://vimeo.com/47911048
    Time of the Last Persecution https://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review.php/817
    James Salter’s Twenty Minutes https://www.vogue.com/article/james-salter-tribute
    The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Volcano_Lover
    Fitnessblender.com https://explorationsofelliese.com/2018/02/23/fitness-blender-depth-review/
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    JJ Bola

    JJ Bola

    JJ Bola talks to Ivan about six things which should be better known. JJ Bola is a writer, poet and author of Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined.


    Pedagogy of the oppressed by Paulo Freire https://beautifultrouble.org/theory/pedagogy-of-the-oppressed/



    Crisis in Congo https://congojustice.org/



    Paul Lewin art work https://www.instagram.com/paullewinart/



    Karim Kamar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0KCw-t3nkc



    United Borders and 4 Front http://unitedborders.org/ and https://www.4frontproject.org/



    The Upright Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Vlt41HPUE


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