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This podcast is a heartwarming and insightful conversation with professionals in the creative industry. We find out what inspired them to risk their livelihoods to join the creative industry. Each guest brings a work of art that inspired them, and a work that they have, in turn, created. Join these fun, thoughtful and inspiring conversations:

Claret & Conversation: Voices from the Creative Industry is sponsored by Claret Press and Clapham Publishing Services.

Join us every Wednesday for a new podcast.

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This podcast is a heartwarming and insightful conversation with professionals in the creative industry. We find out what inspired them to risk their livelihoods to join the creative industry. Each guest brings a work of art that inspired them, and a work that they have, in turn, created. Join these fun, thoughtful and inspiring conversations:

Claret & Conversation: Voices from the Creative Industry is sponsored by Claret Press and Clapham Publishing Services.

Join us every Wednesday for a new podcast.

    Eugene Skeef

    Eugene Skeef

    Eugene Skeef is a South African musician, composer, poet and activist, exiled from South Africa for his work with Steve Biko during the Apartheid regime. He has since become a workshop leader, renowned for the work that he did in post-genocide Bosnia. 

    Join us as he introduces a range of drums to Katie Isbester, and tells the story of his extraordinary life. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 9: Bill Hope by Claret & Conversation

    Episode 9: Bill Hope by Claret & Conversation

    Bill Hope is a Clapham-based actor who has worked in theatre and movies. His break-through role was in Aliens directed by James Cameron. He has also acted with Johnny Depp, starred on Spooks, and voiced over cartoons. Born in Canada, he has made London his home. Two ex-pat Canadians talk about his career. Join the conversation.

    • 44 min
    Episode 8: Phil Wolff by Claret & Conversation

    Episode 8: Phil Wolff by Claret & Conversation

    Listen to actor, director and screenwriter Phil Wolff discuss creative craft, film and separating the art from the artists in this weeks episode.

    • 49 min
    Episode 7: Ray Foulk by Claret & Conversation

    Episode 7: Ray Foulk by Claret & Conversation

    Jack-of-all-trades Ray Foulk discusses his extraordinary life as the Isle of Wight festival creator, city events planner, art deco gallery curator and author. 

    Ray grew up on the Isle of Wight. When the island needed funding to build a new swimming pool, he and his brother decided to set up a festival. Now an internationally renowned event with headliners such as Lionel Ritchie and Lewis Capaldi, Ray credits its early success with prosperity the support of Bob Dylan. Catapulted into success, Ray and his brother were brought into the Milton Keynes city planning project. Asked to develop the town’s leisure space, Ray once again went the extra mile and brought Buckminster Fuller, the celebrated architect, on board.

    In his late twenties, Ray ‘retired’ to run an antique shop in London. Here, again, Ray quickly became successful, acquiring famous pieces of art deco furniture and curating exhibitions. Ray’s interest in this area spurred him to learn more. He received a degree from the Open University before being offered a place at Cambridge to study architecture. Later in life, Ray worked in schools to raise environmental awareness, which he credits as being his greatest creative contribution.

    In this podcast, Katie and Ray discuss the importance of thinking big in the creative industry, and how this ambitious drive can be harnessed for success. They also discuss Ray’s new book, Picasso’s Revenge, and the world of Picasso and 1920s Paris.

    Buy Picasso’s Revenge here: https://www.picassosrevenge.com/

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    • 46 min
    Episode 6: Adam Saunders by Claret & Conversation

    Episode 6: Adam Saunders by Claret & Conversation

    Listen to the British composer and music leader discuss his role as a creative catalyst and the importance of collaboration.

    Adam Saunders’ musical ability was clear from a young age. Growing up near Portsmouth, Adam attended a small school where few people played instruments. From the age of seven, he found himself accompanying the school choir and music groups and was, in his own words, ‘thrown in at the deep end’. Preferring to play by ear rather than from sheet music, Adam continued to enjoy working in a communal environment and has fond memories of playing obscure Edwardian requests for punters in Portsmouth pubs.

    At Trinity Laban, Adam discovered his desire to work in community-based projects through his friendship with Pete Churchill. Marrying the professional with the pedagogical, Adam began involving himself in group projects, focusing on bringing music to those with no formal training or musical background. It was in this role as a creative catalyst that Adam came to Clapham Community Choir, working with an eclectic group of people with mixed abilities to create a fun and dynamic society.

    In this episode, Katie and Adam discuss the role of ‘creative catalysts’, those in the creative industry who enable others to create through training and guidance. They also consider the role of collaboration in creativity, and how often it is through working together that we can show our strengths and minimise our weaknesses.

    Find out more about Adam: https://adamsaundersmusic.com/

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    • 38 min
    Episode 5: Tor Bridges by Claret & Conversation

    Episode 5: Tor Bridges by Claret & Conversation

    Listen to the award-winning director and filmmaker Tor Bridges discuss using creativity as a force for positive change and social justice, and how this ethos has impacted her work.

    Tor Bridges studied documentary film making in the States before moving back to the UK and joining the BBC as a researcher. She quickly became disenfranchised with the hierarchical, male and mercantile environment and left the organisation to pursue her career as a director. Joining forces with her husband, they set out to make documentaries which brought people’s attention to hard-hitting international issues. More recently, Tor was the executive producer for ‘Anna: the woman who went to fight ISIS’. The documentary is about Tor’s niece, Anna, who went to fight with the Kurds against ISIS and was sadly killed by a Turkish airstrike in the town of Afrin in northern Syria.

    Tor believes passionately in the ability of documentaries as a force to inform and change people’s opinions. Her films contextualise the bigger picture by bringing in personal stories, as she believes it is the individual which will intrigue her audience.

    In this podcast, Katie and Tor discuss the role of documentary makers in shaping and respecting the narrative of their subjects. They also explore how creativity can be a force for change and the need for more female voices in the filmmaking industry.

    Watch ‘Anna: the woman who went to fight ISIS’: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0006h6x

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    • 32 min

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