Claire Sawers

Freelance Writer

Month: August 2009 (page 1 of 2)

Interview: Lauren Laverne

The Sunday Times
23 August 2009

Lauren Laverne

Lauren Laverne

The BBC biter who hates being bitten

The Culture Show presenter Lauren Laverne can’t bear being interviewed –  she knows how dangerous it can be. Still, she did talk to Claire Sawers Continue reading

Interview: Susie Orbach

The List
20 August 2009

Planet of the Shapes

Susie Orbach tells Claire Sawers how the battle against body fascism is a never-ending struggle Continue reading

Simon Amstell – Do Nothing

The List
20 August
4 stars

How to Do Nothing in a very funny way Continue reading

The Penny Dreadfuls

The List
16 August 2009
4 stars

A quality spoof from hammy trio Continue reading

Review: Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed’s Internal

The List
13 August 2009
4 stars

Powerful, disarming exercise in human interaction Continue reading

Preview – Xiaolu Guo

The List
12 August 2009 Continue reading

Petrushka is a ballet for the new romantics

The Sunday Times
23 August 2009

Emo meets Bowie in a Scottish Ballet production for the modern age performed at the Playhouse in Edinburgh Continue reading

Alex and Helen’s Radio Nowhere

The List
21 August 2009

Silly, surreal and sarcastic fun Continue reading

Interview: Jason Donald at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The List
20 August 2009

choke-chain

Opening doors in other people’s memories

 

‘The reaction to Choke Chain has been positive and often emotional,’ says Glasgow-based author Jason Donald, whose first novel was published earlier this year. His debut is a tender, at times uncomfortable, coming-of-age tale of two brothers growing up in 1980s South Africa, dominated by a bullying father figure.

Bruce Thorne is man of the house, and believes the best way to avoid raising a pair of sissies is to feed them a macho diet of bare-knuckle fighting, casual racism and scams to get out of paying the bills. ‘People email me saying they loved the book but were in tears by the last few chapters,’ reveals Donald. ‘Someone said they were “physically shaking with anger” at Bruce. Many mild-mannered readers have confessed they were wishing for terrible things to happen to him.’

Donald’s description of a hot summer in Pretoria, with car trips to the beach at Durban, or barbecues under the purple jacaranda trees was inspired by his own childhood. Born in Dundee to a South African mum and Scottish dad, he moved with his family to Pretoria aged two and returned to Scotland when he was 16.

‘Quite a few people who grew up in South Africa say my book opened up doors in their memories,’ says Donald, who is currently working on a second novel about asylum seekers in Glasgow. ‘The sky, the heat, walking around barefoot, their experiences of apartheid. These conversations have been an unexpected reward.’

28 Aug (with Amanda Smyth), 6pm, £6 (£4).
Read the original article here.
jasondonald.org

Zoe Lyons

The List
18 August 2009
3 stars

Sharp act with a cuddly side Continue reading

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