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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

Singer-songwriter Peggy Seeger: still in the vanguard of her musical dynasty

Liz Thomson

If American music has a royal family, it’s surely the Seeger clan. Charles, the patriarch, the composer, musicologist and teacher who could be said to have invented ethnomusicology, married first to Constance de Clyver Edson, a violinist and teacher.

Filmmaker Darius Marder: 'Deafness is a culture. That's not being PC'

Owen Richards

Sound of Metal has been a long time coming. Director and writer Darius Marder faced years of delays ranging from casting changes to the whole world shutting down. Was it worth the wait? Well, six Academy Award nominations including Best Film certainly suggest it was.

theartsdesk Q&A: Author Sam Mills on the...

CP Hunter

Sam Mills’s writing includes the wondrously weird novel The Quiddity of Will Self, the semi-memoir Fragments of My Father, and Chauvo-Feminism (The...

theartsdesk Q&A: conductor Klaus Mäkelä

David Nice

Let the facts – and the music-making you can see and hear online – speak for themselves first. Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä became the Oslo...

10 Questions for Vocalist-Lyricist Georgia Mancio

Sebastian Scotney

This week marks a major step in the songwriting collaboration between British/Italian singer-songwriter Georgia Mancio and Alan Broadbent, the Grammy...

theartsdesk Q&A: Daryl Hall

Owen Richards

Legendary singer-songwriter talks recording, vaccines and reaching a billion streams

theartsdesk Q&A: actor and comedian Andi Osho on her debut novel 'Asking For A Friend'

Laura De Lisle

The multi-tasking artist talks social media, 'Line of Duty', and learning how to not act

theartsdesk Q&A: Amina Cain on her first novel and her eternal fascination with suggestion

Jessica Payn

The American writer discusses 'Indelicacy' and characters who are flawed and unfixed

theartsdesk Q&A: Isabella Pappas on how 'Finding Alice' is a blueprint for bereavement

Laura De Lisle

Youngest star of the ITV drama discusses grief, teenage girls, and getting into character

theartsdesk Q&A: actor Polly Walker on 'Bridgerton' and the new breed of period drama

Laura De Lisle

Talking wigs, women, and her (brief) experience of coronavirus

10 Questions for Musician and Broadcaster Cerys Matthews

Sebastian Scotney

Thoughts on an album which places poets centre-stage

theartsdesk Q&A: poet laureate Simon Armitage on landscapes, libraries, home and edgelands

India Lewis

Interview with the Yorkshire-born poet ahead of his appearance on The South Bank Show

Filmmaker Frank Marshall: 'People don’t understand what geniuses The Bee Gees were'

Owen Richards

Director of the new Bee Gees documentary discusses the brothers' legacy in music

10 Questions for Singer/Pianist Joe Stilgoe

Sebastian Scotney

Joe Stilgoe learned 250 new songs for the 67 episodes of "Stilgoe in the Shed"

theartsdesk Q&A: Mick Talbot of The Style Council

Thomas H Green

The keyboard don discusses the very Eighties ups and downs of life in The Style Council

Filmmaker Bassam Tariq: 'Great cinema doesn't need to be perfect - embrace the imperfections'

Owen Richards

Director of 'Mogul Mowgli' discusses taking risks, and the differences between the British- and American-Asian experience

10 Questions for Poet and Critic Rebecca Tamás

Jessica Payn

On 'Strangers' and the urgent interconnectedness of the human and non-human

theartsdesk Q&A: Sally Anne Gross and Dr George Musgrave, authors of 'Can Music Make You Sick?'

Joe Muggs

On World Mental Health Day we meet the authors of an incisive new study of music and musicians

theartsdesk Q&A: musician Kevin Rowland - 'it was painful to be misunderstood and misinterpreted'

Kieron Tyler

To coincide with its reissue, the Dexys Midnight Runners lynchpin considers his solo album ‘My Beauty’

'I loved being a dresser': Sir Ronald Harwood, Oscar-winning writer, dies at 85

Jasper Rees

A memorial interview with the playwright and scriptwriter who enjoyed a remarkable Indian summer

theartsdesk Q&A: author Katharina Volckmer

Charlie Stone

Interview with the first-time novelist on her deeply funny, subversive new novel

Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui: 'The disability community is the world community'

Owen Richards

Interview with the men behind Netflix's new Paralympic documentary 'Rising Phoenix'

theartsdesk Q&A: Record label New Heavy Sounds

Thomas H Green

Co-founder Ged Murphy sheds light on the world of Britain's most original heavy rock independent

theartsdesk Q&A: author Jorge Consiglio

Olivia Fletcher

On brutality, estrangement and what solitude can bring to a work of fiction

theartsdesk Q&A: horn player Sarah Willis

Graham Rickson

Midnight recording sessions and late-running buses; playing Mozart in Havana

theartsdesk Q&A: filmmaker Mike Hodges

David Thompson

The British writer-director reflects on the making and meaning of his thriller 'Black Rainbow' as it bows on Blu-ray

theartsdesk Q&A: actor Gemma Whelan

Adam Sweeting

From 'Game of Thrones' to 'Emma' and the new series of 'Killing Eve', upward mobility is the name of her game

Remembering John Prine, one of the great American singer-songwriters

Jasper Rees

A tribute to the blue-collar folk poet, who has died at the age of 73

Director Marjane Satrapi: ‘The real question is do you like everyone? No? So, why should everyone like you?’

Jill Chuah Masters

The forthright 'Radioactive' filmmaker on intelligence, ignorance and Marie Curie

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