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Chantal Joffe meets Olivia Laing20200219The painter Chantal Joffe meets the writer Olivia Laing.

Chantal Joffe was Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy of Arts until 2019, and is renowned for her bold, large-scale portraits of women, and for her self-portraits. She has won the Charles Wollaston Award for the 'most distinguished work' in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, chosen from more than 1300 entries. In 2018 she set herself the challenge of creating a self-portrait every day.

Olivia Laing's books include The Lonely City, a reflection on what it means to be alone, which has been translated into 17 languages and sold over 100,000 copies, and The Trip to Echo Spring, which focuses on the connections between creativity and alcohol. Her novel Crudo, set in the summer of 2017, was widely acclaimed and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2019.

Producer: Clare Walker

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Helen Cammock Meets Suhayla El Bushra20191120The artist Helen Cammock meets the dramatist Suhayla El-Bushra.

Helen Cammock’s work explores social history through film, photography and performance. She won the Max Mara Prize last year and is nominated for this year’s Turner prize for her film The Long Note, which focuses on the role of women in the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland.

Suhayla El-Bushra has written extensively for TV including episodes of Hollyoaks and Ackley Bridge. Her plays include The Arabian Nights for the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh, and she has also written for the National Theatre. She is currently adapting the novel The Long Song by Andrea Levy.

Producer: Clare Walker

The artist Helen Cammock meets the playwright Suhayla El-Bushra.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Suhayla El-Bushra has written extensively for TV including episodes of Hollyoaks and Ackley Bridge. Her plays include The Arabian Nights for the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh, and she has also written for the National Theatre. She is currently adapting the novel The Long Song by Andrea Levy.

Producer: Clare Walker

Kamila Shamsie meets Akram Khan20190605

The writer Kamila Shamsie meets the choreographer Akram Khan.

Kamila Shamsie was born in Pakistan, and has published seven novels. Last year she won the Women’s Prize for Fiction with Home Fire, the story of two British Muslim sisters, and their jihadist brother - who wants to come home.

Akram Khan first danced professionally as a young teenager, and formed his own company almost 20 years ago. He appeared in the London 2012 opening ceremony, and last year he gave his final performance dancing in a full-length piece. His latest work Outwitting the Devil is inspired by a newly discovered fragment of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s earliest surviving works of literature.

Producer: Clare Walker

The writer Kamila Shamsie meets the choreographer Akram Khan.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Kamila Shamsie Meets Akram Khan20190605The writer Kamila Shamsie meets the choreographer Akram Khan.

Kamila Shamsie was born in Pakistan, and has published seven novels. Last year she won the Women’s Prize for Fiction with Home Fire, the story of two British Muslim sisters, and their jihadist brother - who wants to come home.

Akram Khan first danced professionally as a young teenager, and formed his own company almost 20 years ago. He appeared in the London 2012 opening ceremony, and last year he gave his final performance dancing in a full-length piece. His latest work Outwitting the Devil is inspired by a newly discovered fragment of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s earliest surviving works of literature.

Producer: Clare Walker

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Two artists come together to talk about their creative work.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Karine Polwart meets Jen Frankwell20190612

The folk singer Karine Polwart meets the artist Jen Frankwell.

Karine Polwart is Scottish songwriter and musician. She was BBC Radio 2’s Folk Singer Of The Year in 2018.

Jen Frankwell is a visual artist and leatherworker, handcrafting sporrans and kiltbelts . She has created artworks for Karine’s latest album, The Scottish Songbook, in which she re-interprets Scottish pop songs from the past 50 years.

Producer: Clare Walker

The folk singer Karine Polwart meets the artist Jen Frankwell.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Karine Polwart Meets Jen Frankwell20190612The folk singer Karine Polwart meets the artist Jen Frankwell.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

The folk singer Karine Polwart meets the artist Jen Frankwell.

Karine Polwart is Scottish songwriter and musician. She was BBC Radio 2’s Folk Singer Of The Year in 2018.

Jen Frankwell is a visual artist and leatherworker, handcrafting sporrans and kiltbelts. She has created artworks for Karine’s latest album, The Scottish Songbook, in which she re-interprets Scottish pop songs from the past 50 years.

Producer: Clare Walker

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Katie Paterson Meets David Mitchell20191106The artist Katie Paterson meets the novelist David Mitchell.

Katie Paterson is an award-winning artist whose conceptual works have included the sounds of melting glaciers and a map of 27,000 dead stars. She also sent a meteorite back into space. An exhibition of her work can be seen at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art until May 2020.

The best-selling author David Mitchell has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize twice – for number9dream and Cloud Atlas. Next year he will publish his ninth novel.

Photo © Brendan McNeill

Producer Katy Hickman

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Two artists come together to talk about their creative work.

Katie Paterson meets David Mitchell20191106The artist Katie Paterson meets the novelist David Mitchell.

Katie Paterson is an award-winning artist whose conceptual works have included the sounds of melting glaciers and a map of 27,000 dead stars. She also sent a meteorite back into space. An exhibition of her work can be seen at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art until May 2020.

The best-selling author David Mitchell has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize twice – for number9dream and Cloud Atlas. Next year he will publish his ninth novel.

Photo © Brendan McNeill

Producer Katy Hickman

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Marek Reichman meets Peter Saville.20190703The industrial designer Marek Reichman meets the graphic artist and designer Peter Saville.

Marek Reichman has designed cars for some of the world's best-known marques and is currently chief creative officer at Aston Martin. Born in Sheffield, he graduated from Teesside University with a degree in industrial design and continued his studies in vehicle design at the Royal College of Art.

Peter Saville was in his mid-20s when he created renowned album covers for Factory Records' bands including Joy Division and New Order. Since then he has worked with leading fashion designers and musicians and was appointed creative director of the city of Manchester.

Producer: Paula McGinley

Industrial designer Marek Reichman meets graphic designer Peter Saville.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Marek Reichman Meets Peter Saville.20190703The industrial designer Marek Reichman meets the graphic artist and designer Peter Saville.

Marek Reichman has designed cars for some of the world's best-known marques and is currently chief creative officer at Aston Martin. Born in Sheffield, he graduated from Teesside University with a degree in industrial design and continued his studies in vehicle design at the Royal College of Art.

Peter Saville was in his mid-20s when he created renowned album covers for Factory Records' bands including Joy Division and New Order. Since then he has worked with leading fashion designers and musicians and was appointed creative director of the city of Manchester.

Producer: Paula McGinley

Industrial designer Marek Reichman meets graphic designer Peter Saville.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Two artists come together to talk about their creative work.

Max Richter Meets Tacita Dean20191030The composer Max Richter meets the artist Tacita Dean.
Max Richter has composed eight solo albums including The Blue Notebooks, Vivaldi Recomposed and Sleep, an eight and half hour long exploration into nocturnal neuroscience. His music has been used extensively in film, television, dance, opera and theatre.
Tacita Dean captures landscapes, the sea, clouds, solar eclipses, portraits and still life in paint, chalk and film. She works primarily in film and has fought for the survival of 16 and 35mm film production and processing.

Producer: Clare Walker

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Two artists come together to talk about their creative work.

Producer: Clare Walker

Nick Knight Meets David Chipperfield20190619The photographer Nick Knight meets the architect David Chipperfield.

Over the last 30 years, Nick Knight has worked with many of the biggest names in fashion and music, including Alexander McQueen, Lady Gaga and Kanye West. Other commissions include a 90th birthday portrait of Her Majesty the Queen.

Sir David Chipperfield has created prize-winning buildings around the world. In Britain, his most notable works include the River and Rowing Museum in Henley, the Hepworth Wakefield gallery, and the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. One of his earliest commissions was a house for Nick Knight – where they met for this conversation.

Producer: Clare Walker

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Nina Mae Fowler meets Nick Park20190626

The artist Nina Mae Fowler meets the animator Nick Park.

Nina Mae Fowler finds inspiration in the cinema past and present. She has created large scale pencil and graphite drawings of stars from Hollywood’s Golden age, and her portraits of leading British film directors are on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Nick Park is an Oscar-winning animator, writer and director best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit, Creature Comforts and Shaun the Sheep.

Producer: Clare Walker

The artist Nina Mae Fowler meets the animator Nick Park.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Nina Mae Fowler Meets Nick Park20190626The artist Nina Mae Fowler meets the animator Nick Park.

Nina Mae Fowler finds inspiration in the cinema past and present. She has created large scale pencil and graphite drawings of stars from Hollywood’s Golden age, and her portraits of leading British film directors are on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Nick Park is an Oscar-winning animator, writer and director best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit, Creature Comforts and Shaun the Sheep.

Producer: Clare Walker

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Roddy Doyle meets Antony Gormley20191113

Roddy Doyle is the author of 11 novels including The Commitments, which was adapted into a successful film and stage musical, The Snapper, and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, which won the Booker Prize. His most recent novel, Smile, focuses on institutional abuse at a Christian Brothers secondary school, and draws on his own experiences.

Antony Gormley is best known for the giant Angel of the North near Gateshead. His work can also be seen at Crosby Beach on Merseyside, where 100 cast-iron figures stand looking out to sea. His current exhibition, at the Royal Academy in London, includes a work called Clearing, which fills a gallery with 8 km of aluminium tube, and Host, which floods another with earth and seawater.

Producer Clare Walker

Novelist Roddy Doyle meets the sculptor Antony Gormley.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Roddy Doyle Meets Antony Gormley20191113Roddy Doyle is the author of 11 novels including The Commitments, which was adapted into a successful film and stage musical, The Snapper, and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, which won the Booker Prize. His most recent novel, Smile, focuses on institutional abuse at a Christian Brothers secondary school, and draws on his own experiences.

Antony Gormley is best known for the giant Angel of the North near Gateshead. His work can also be seen at Crosby Beach on Merseyside, where 100 cast-iron figures stand looking out to sea. His current exhibition, at the Royal Academy in London, includes a work called Clearing, which fills a gallery with 8 km of aluminium tube, and Host, which floods another with earth and seawater.

Producer Clare Walker

Novelist Roddy Doyle meets the sculptor Antony Gormley.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Sandy Powell meets Simon Costin20191023

The costume designer Sandy Powell meets the art director and set-designer Simon Costin.

Sandy has 14 Academy Award nominations, including two this year for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns. She has won three Oscars - for Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator and The Young Victoria - and has worked extensively with Martin Scorsese, most recently on The Irishman.

Simon works with leading fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Stella McCartney. He collaborated with Alexander McQueen to stage his spectacular catwalk shows. He is also Director of the Museum of British Folklore, and the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall.

The costume designer Sandy Powell meets the art director and set-designer Simon Costin.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Sandy Powell Meets Simon Costin20191023The costume designer Sandy Powell meets the art director and set-designer Simon Costin.

Sandy has 14 Academy Award nominations, including two this year for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns. She has won three Oscars - for Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator and The Young Victoria - and has worked extensively with Martin Scorsese, most recently on The Irishman.

Simon works with leading fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Stella McCartney. He collaborated with Alexander McQueen to stage his spectacular catwalk shows. He is also Director of the Museum of British Folklore, and the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Tony Walsh meets Julie Hesmondhalgh20191016

The poet Tony Walsh meets the actor Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Tony performs under the name Longfella, which describes his 6ft 5in frame. His first collection of verse, Sex & Love & Rock&Roll, was published in 2015. He came to worldwide attention in May 2017 when he recited his poem This is the Place at the vigil following the Manchester Arena bombing.

Julie played Hayley Cropper on Coronation Street for 16 years, and has appeared in acclaimed TV series including Broadchurch and Happy Valley. On stage she recently took the title role in Brecht’s Mother Courage at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. She runs a theatre company, Take Back, which stages performances of short scripts written in response to current events.

Producer: Clare Walker

The poet Tony Walsh meets the actor Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Tony Walsh Meets Julie Hesmondhalgh20191016The poet Tony Walsh meets the actor Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Tony performs under the name Longfella, which describes his 6ft 5in frame. His first collection of verse, Sex & Love & Rock&Roll, was published in 2015. He came to worldwide attention in May 2017 when he recited his poem This is the Place at the vigil following the Manchester Arena bombing.

Julie played Hayley Cropper on Coronation Street for 16 years, and has appeared in acclaimed TV series including Broadchurch and Happy Valley. On stage she recently took the title role in Brecht’s Mother Courage at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. She runs a theatre company, Take Back, which stages performances of short scripts written in response to current events.

Producer: Clare Walker

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Tracy Chevalier meets Edmund de Waal20191009

The writer Tracy Chevalier meets the ceramicist Edmund de Waal. Tracy Chevalier has written eight novels including the international best-seller Girl with a Pearl Earring. Her latest book 'A Single Thread' is set in Winchester Cathedral. Edmund de Waal is a ceramicist and author. His book 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' is a family biography about the loss and survival of art objects through time. His porcelain installations often respond to history, museum collections and archives.

Producer: Clare Walker

Writer Tracy Chevalier meets ceramicist Edmund de Waal at his studio.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Tracy Chevalier Meets Edmund De Waal20191009The writer Tracy Chevalier meets the ceramicist Edmund de Waal. Tracy Chevalier has written eight novels including the international best-seller Girl with a Pearl Earring. Her latest book 'A Single Thread' is set in Winchester Cathedral. Edmund de Waal is a ceramicist and author. His book 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' is a family biography about the loss and survival of art objects through time. His porcelain installations often respond to history, museum collections and archives.

Producer: Clare Walker

Writer Tracy Chevalier meets ceramicist Edmund de Waal at his studio.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Two artists come together to talk about their creative work.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

01Chi-chi Nwanoku and Yinka Shonibare20170419Double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku meets the artist Yinka Shonibare in his studio.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

01Grayson Perry and Naomi Alderman20170405Can computer games be called art?

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

01Iain Sinclair And Keggie Carew20170510Writer Iain Sinclair meets artist Keggie Carew to talk about her book Dadland.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

01Naomi Alderman and Chi-chi Nwanoku20170412What's it like to make your art in the moment?

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

01Sally El Hosaini And Iain Sinclair20170503Film director and screenwriter Sally El Hosaini meets the writer Iain Sinclair.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

01Yinka Shonibare and David Adjaye20170426The artist Yinka Shonibare meets international architect Sir David Adjaye.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

02Jim Moir And Steven Thomas20170712Comedian and painter Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) meets Biba shop designer Steven Thomas.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

02Keggie Carew and Richard Hawley20170621Artist and biographer Keggie Carew meets producer and singer-songwriter Richard Hawley.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

02Nancy Fouts with Rob and Nick Carter20170726Surrealist Nancy Fouts meets the artist duo Rob and Nick Carter, who create digital art.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

02Richard Hawley and Tony Pitts20170628Musician Richard Hawley meets actor, writer and director Tony Pitts.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

02Steven Thomas and Nancy Fouts20170719The designer Steven Thomas meets the modern day surrealist Nancy Fouts.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

02Tony Pitts and Jim Moir20170705Actor and director Tony Pitts meets comedian and painter Jim Moir, aka Vic Reeves.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

03Angus Jackson And Nadine Shah20171206Theatre and film director Angus Jackson meets singer-songwriter Nadine Shah.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

03Eimear Mcbride And Viv Albertine20171122Novelist Eimear McBride meets musician and author Viv Albertine.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

03Jonathan Yeo And William Orbit20171213Painter Jonathan Yeo meets music producer William Orbit.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

03Kerry Andrew And Sarah Hall20171108Musician and composer Kerry Andrew travels to meet the novelist Sarah Hall.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

03Rose Wylie And Stewart Lee20171129Painter Rose Wylie meets comedian Stewart Lee.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

03Tom Morris And Miles Chambers20171115Tom Morris, director of Bristol Old Vic, meets Bristol's poet laureate Miles Chambers.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

04Alice Lowe And Toyah Willcox20180307The director and actor Alice Lowe meets the singer and actor Toyah Willcox.

Alice Lowe wrote, directed and starred in the acclaimed comedy slasher film Prevenge, which she made while pregnant. Her work on screen as an actor includes roles in Hot Fuzz, Horrible Histories and the horror parody series Garth Marenghi.

By the age of 20, Toyah Willcox had appeared on stage at the National Theatre, recorded an album and taken a leading role in Derek Jarman's film Jubilee, as the flame-haired pyromaniac Mad. Since then she has acted in more than forty plays, recorded over a dozen studio albums, and appeared in numerous feature films - alongside icons such as Katherine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier. She is currently performing as Elizabeth 1 in a stage version of Jubilee.

Director and actor Alice Lowe meets singer and actor Toyah Willcox.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

04Humphrey Ocean And Mark Alexander20180314The artist Humphrey Ocean is Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy of Arts, and his portraits of Paul McCartney, Philip Larkin, Tony Benn and Lord Whitelaw are in the National Portrait Gallery. While at art school, he became a member of the band Kilburn and the High Roads, led by singer and songwriter Ian Dury - who was also Humphrey's tutor. Dury was an important influence on Humphrey Ocean's student work, and they remained friends until Dury's death in 2000.

For Only Artists, he meets the painter Mark Alexander. Mark attended art school as a mature student: before that, he had trained as a silversmith, before finding better paid work in factories, where he moved from job to job, becoming a charge hand and then a quality inspector in the aerospace industry.

As a painter, his works include versions of Van Gogh's Dr Gachet, rendered entirely in shades of black, and portraits of Beethoven, following a residency at Beethoven's house in Bonn.

Producer Clare Walker.

Artist Humphrey Ocean meets painter Mark Alexander.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

04Mark Haddon And Tai Shan Schierenberg20180228The writer Mark Haddon meets the portrait and landscape artist Tai Shan Schierenberg. They talk about the connection between painting and short stories, capturing the English landscape and creative flow.

Mark's best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time has won numerous awards and become an internationally successful play. Most recently he published his first ever collection of short stories called The Pier Falls.

Tai Shan Schierenberg won the National Portrait Gallery's Portraiture Award in 1989, and the Ondaatje Prize in 2011. His works hang in the National Portrait Gallery and notable sitters include the Queen with Prince Philip, Seamus Heaney and Stephen Hawking.

Producer: Clare Walker.

Writer Mark Haddon meets portrait and landscape painter Tai Shan Schierenberg.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

04Maxine Peake Meets Cosey Fanni Tutti20180328The actor and writer Maxine Peake meets the musician and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti.

Maxine Peake was born just outside Bolton. Her television credits include leading roles in the series Dinnerladies, Shameless and Silk. In 2014 she played Hamlet at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. She has written for radio and the stage, and her play about Lillian Bilocca - who campaigned for better safety in the fishing industry - was part of Hull's City of Culture celebrations.

Cosey Fanni Tutti was born in Hull, and began her artistic career there in 1969, when she joined a subversive art collective called COUM Transmissions. Founded by Genesis P-Orridge, the group staged surreal events or interventions around Hull and beyond. Cosey worked for two years as a model for sex magazines and films to create a show about pornography and the sex industry called Prostitution. When it opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1976, it prompted walkouts, made headlines, and provoked questions in Parliament. Cosey co-founded the industrial music band Throbbbing Gristle with Genesis P-Orridge, Peter Christopherson and Chris Carter. Chris and Cosey later created their own band and now perform under the name Carter Tutti.

Producer Clare Walker.

Actor and writer Maxine Peake meets musician and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

04Shobana Jeyasingh And Hussein Chalayan20180321Shobana Jeyasingh is a British choreographer. Born in Chennai, she grew up studying the classical Indian dance form bharatanatyam. She launched her own contemporary dance company in 1988. Past works have explored science, classical painting and urban architecture, working with composers, mathematicians and filmmakers. In 2015 she created a piece, commissioned by the Royal Ballet, that directly challenged the stereotype of the exotic Indian dancer.

For Only Artists she meets Hussein Chalayan at the Place Theatre, the home of the London Contemporary Dance School.

Hussein Chalayan has twice won the Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, and was awarded the MBE in 2006. He was born in Cyprus and moved to Britain with his family when he was 8. From his first graduation collection which he left to decompose buried in a garden, to a coffee table which transforms into a skirt and remote-control dresses, Chalayan is known for his highly creative designs, worn by the likes of Bjork and Lady Gaga. He has made films, had his work shown in galleries and directed and designed a dance piece, Gravity Fatigue, at Sadler's Wells Theatre.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh meets fashion designer Hussein Chalayan.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

05Brett Anderson And Tariq Goddard20180620Novelist and publisher Tariq Goddard meets singer and songwriter Brett Anderson, from the band Suede.

Tariq has published six novels, and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award. His latest, Nature and Necessity, charts the lives of a dysfunctional family over 30 years. Its matriarch, Petula Montague, has been described as "a great new monster of English fiction".

Brett is a singer and songwriter, who co-founded the band Suede. Three of Suede's albums have topped the British charts, and they won the Mercury Prize in 1993. Earlier this year, Brett published a memoir, Coal Black Mornings, about his unconventional childhood on a council estate just outside Hayward's Heath, and his initial struggles for success as a musician.

Producer Clare Walker.

Novelist and publisher Tariq Goddard meets singer and songwriter Brett Anderson of Suede.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

05Hollie Mcnish Meets Paapa Essiedu20180613The poet Hollie McNish meets the actor Paapa Essiedu.

Hollie won the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry in 2016, and has published five books of her poems. Her most recent book, Plum, draws on memories and writing from childhood and her teenage years, along with her experiences as a parent. She first made her name as a performance poet, and her videos have received millions of views online.

Paapa played Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016 - the first black actor to take the role for the RSC. The production toured the UK earlier this year, and also travelled to North America. Paapa first joined the RSC in 2012, shortly after graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has also worked at the National Theatre, and at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol.

Producer Clare Walker.

Poet Hollie McNish meets actor Paapa Essiedu, best known for playing Hamlet for the RSC.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

05Louise Welsh meets Duggie Fields20180530The writer Louise Welsh meets the artist Duggie Fields.

Louise lives in Glasgow and is the author of eight novels, including The Cutting Room, Naming the Bones, and the Plague Times trilogy, which imagines a world ravaged by a pandemic.

Duggie studied at the Chelsea School of Art in the 1960s, and is known for his colourful geometric canvases, inspired by pop and classical culture. For the past 50 years, he has lived and worked in the same Earls Court flat- which he once shared with Syd Barrett, a founding member of Pink Floyd. A re-creation of the flat is currently on show in Glasgow - complete with paint-spattered floor, furniture, and life-sized photographs of the walls, covered in art-works.

Producer Clare Walker.

Glasgow-based novelist Louise Welsh meets artist Duggie Fields.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

05Natalie Dormer Meets Tori Amos20180606Natalie Dormer, who has reached a global audience through her roles in The Tudors, Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games, meets the singer and songwriter Tori Amos, backstage at the Royal Albert Hall.

Tori was born in North Carolina and released her first solo album, Little Earthquakes, in 1992. It has sold more than two million copies around the world. She has released 14 more studio albums, winning eight Grammy nominations. Her musical, The Light Princess, premiered at the National Theatre in 2013.

Most recently, Natalie has co-written the screenplay for In Darkness, a psychological thriller.

Producer Clare Walker.

Actress Natalie Dormer meets singer-songwriter Tori Amos.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

05Sadie Clayton and Ron Arad20180523The fashion designer Sadie Clayton meets designer, artist and architect Ron Arad.

Sadie Clayton launched her eponymous brand in 2015, 2 years after graduating from Kingston University, and has gone on to show on the catwalks of London, Berlin and Shanghai. Her signature fabric is copper and her architectural designs have been worn by Gigi Hadid, Skin and Ellie Goulding, as well as being exhibited in art galleries around the world.

Ron Arad is an award-winning industrial designer, artist, and architect. He was born in Israel and went to the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later the Architectural Association in London. His career as a designer began in 1981 with the Rover chair, a recycled car seat anchored on a tubular steel frame, and he has gone on to design everything from furniture to eyewear to skyscrapers.

For Only Artists Ron Arad gives Sadie Clayton a tour of his studio in North London where they discuss serendipity, escaping the design label and what to do with two thousand plumbing saddles. The sketches they make of each other can be seen in the Gallery on the home page.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

Fashion designer Sadie Clayton meets designer, artist and architect Ron Arad.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

05Steven Isserlis meets Sebastian Barry20180516Cellist Steven Isserlis meets novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry.

Steven Isserlis is one of the world's top cellists. He's acclaimed for his musicianship, technical mastery and thrilling performances. He is a chamber musician as well as a concerto soloist and appears regularly with the world's leading orchestras. He gives frequent masterclasses and has written books for children about the lives of the great composers. He has premiered many new works, including John Tavener's The Protecting Veil which was written for him.

Sebastian Barry is an Irish playwright and novelist. He has won the Costa book of the year award twice for his novels The Secret Scripture and Days Without End. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009 and named the laureate for Irish Fiction this year.

For Only Artists, Steven and Sebastian reflect on how their family histories have influenced their work, on the fear and ecstasy of performance, and why listening is vital to writing.

Music played by Steven Isserlis: J.S. Bach's Cello Suite No 5 in C minor, John Tavener's The Protecting Veil and Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major.

Producer Katy Hickman.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

05Tracey Thorn Meets Carol Morley20180509Singer and songwriter Tracey Thorn meets the film-maker and screenwriter Carol Morley.

Tracey Thorn formed the duo Everything But The Girl in 1982 with fellow singer-songwriter Ben Watt when they were both students at Hull University. Together they released nine studio albums, and in the mid-1990s their single Missing sold more than three million copies around the world. Since 2007, Tracey has released four solo albums, and published an acclaimed memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star.

Carol Morley grew up in Stockport and was in a band by the age of 14, because she felt it was the place 'where real life took place' - although she now admits she couldn't sing. She later studied film and video. In 2011 she wrote and directed Dreams of a Life, an investigative drama-documentary about Joyce Carol Vincent, who died towards the end of 2003, but lay undiscovered in her London flat until early 2006. More recently she has scripted and directed Out Of Blue, based on the novel Night Train by Martin Amis.

For Only Artists, Carol and Tracey reflect on the art of editing, on whether the film and music industries have changed in the past decade, and the pleasures of writing - including the joy of finding an unusual rhyme when writing lyrics.

Producer Katy Hickman.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

06Amanda Levete Meets Asif Kapadia20181107The architect Amanda Levete meets the filmmaker Asif Kapadia.

Amanda Levete’s most recent work includes the bold new extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as well as major buildings in Lisbon, Melbourne and Bangkok. Her earlier work, with Jan Kaplicky, includes the Media Centre at Lords Cricket Ground, which won the Stirling Prize, and the Selfridges store in Birmingham.

Asif Kapadia’s film Amy, about the life and death of Amy Winehouse, won the Academy Award for best documentary in 2016. His film about the Formula One champion Ayrton Senna was widely acclaimed, and he has also directed a documentary about the controversial football legend Diego Maradona, to be released next year.

Producer: Clare Walker

Architect Amanda Levete meets film-maker Asif Kapadia.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

06Don Paterson Meets Thomas Ad\u00e8s.20181114The poet Don Paterson meets the composer Thomas Adès.

Don Paterson received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010, but when he left school at 16 he was aiming for a career in music, and worked as a guitarist and composer for many years. In 1993, his first volume of poems, Nil Nil, won the Forward Prize for the Best First Collection, and since then his work has won every major British award. He is professor of poetry at the University of St Andrews.

By his mid-20s, Thomas Adès had won an international reputation as a composer, notably for his opera Powder Her Face, and his orchestral work Asyla, premiered by Simon Rattle in Birmingham. Since then he has written two more large scale operas, as well as numerous works for orchestra and for smaller groups. He is also a conductor and pianist.

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Poet Don Paterson meets composer Thomas Ad\u00e8s.

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06Elizabeth Llewellyn Meets Amma Asante20181121The opera singer Elizabeth Llewellyn meets the film director and screenwriter Amma Asante.

Elizabeth Llewellyn first won wide critical acclaim in 2010, when she starred in Jonathan Miller's production of La Bohème at English National Opera. Her path to success was unconventional: she gave up singing at the age of 22, and worked as a project manager for an IT company for a decade before gradually returning to music. She has now performed in opera houses around the world, including leading roles in Tosca, Madame Butterfly, and Porgy and Bess.

Amma Asante appeared in Grange Hill as a teenager, and moved on to writing and directing. In 2004 she won the best newcomer BAFTA for her film A Way of Life. She went on to direct Belle, which was inspired by a portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a girl born into slavery, but brought up in the house of a British lord. Her film A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, opened the London Film Festival in 2016.

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Opera singer Elizabeth Llewellyn meets film director and screenwriter Amma Asante.

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06Hossein Amini Meets Conor Mcpherson20181128The screenwriter Hossein Amini meets the playwright and director Conor McPherson.

Hossein Amini co-created and co-wrote the TV series McMafia, which focused on Russian gangsters and global organised crime. His screenplay for the film The Wings of the Dove, based on the novel by Henry James and starring Helena Bonham Carter, won an Oscar nomination. His other screenwriting credits include Drive, which starred Ryan Gosling.

Conor McPherson's play The Weir, first staged in 1997, was voted one of the most important plays of the 20th century in a National Theatre poll, and has been performed around the world. More recently Bob Dylan's representatives invited him to create a stage-work featuring Dylan songs. The resultant play, Girl from the North Country, was widely acclaimed in London, and opened earlier this year in New York, where the New York Times described McPherson as 'perhaps the finest English-language playwright of his generation'.

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Screenwriter Hossein Amini meets playwright and director Conor McPherson.

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The screenwriter Hossein Amini meets the playwright and director Conor McPherson.

Hossein Amini co-created and co-wrote the TV series McMafia, which focused on Russian gangsters and global organised crime. His screenplay for the film The Wings of the Dove, based on the novel by Henry James and starring Helena Bonham Carter, won an Oscar nomination. His other screenwriting credits include Drive, which starred Ryan Gosling.

Conor McPherson's play The Weir, first staged in 1997, was voted one of the most important plays of the 20th century in a National Theatre poll, and has been performed around the world. More recently Bob Dylan's representatives invited him to create a stage-work featuring Dylan songs. The resultant play, Girl from the North Country, was widely acclaimed in London, and opened earlier this year in New York, where the New York Times described McPherson as 'perhaps the finest English-language playwright of his generation'.

Producer Clare Walker

Screenwriter Hossein Amini meets playwright and director Conor McPherson.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

06Jackie Kay Meets Lubaina Himid20181024Poet and novelist Jackie Kay meets Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid.

Jackie Kay is currently the Scottish Makar or poet laureate. Her first collection, The Adoption Papers, was published in 1991, and drew on her own experience as a black child, adopted at birth by a white couple. Since then she has written prize-winning poetry, stories and fiction, as well as a memoir, Red Dust Road, about tracing and finding her birth parents.

In 2017 Lubaina Himid became the first black woman to win the Turner Prize – and its oldest winner, at the age of 63. Her paintings and installations often focus on hidden black history and creativity - so for her work Swallow Hard: The Lancastrian Dinner Service, she overpainted willow pattern plates with images of slavery. She lives and works in Preston and is professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire.

Producer Clare Walker

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06Joanne Harris Meets Howard Goodall20181212The writer Joanne Harris meets the composer Howard Goodall.

Joanne Harris worked as a teacher for fifteen years, until the success of her novel Chocolat allowed her to write full time. Chocolat has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone, and became a film starring Juliette Binoche. Since then, Joanne's work includes 15 more novels, short stories, screenplays and three cookbooks. She has written four books inspired by her long-standing love of Norse mythology.

Howard Goodall's music has reached millions of listeners through his film and TV scores, which include Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley and Mr Bean. His choral work Eternal Light: a Requiem has received hundreds of performances around the world, and his West End musicals include The Hired Man and Bend It Like Beckham. He was also England's first National Ambassador for Singing, encouraging primary age children to sing together.

Producer: Clare Walker

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06Katherine Parkinson meets Roxana Halls20181205
06Katherine Parkinson Meets Roxana Halls20181205The actor Katherine Parkinson meets the artist Roxana Halls.

Katherine Parkinson is best known for her role as Jen in the Channel 4 sit-com The I T Crowd, which won her a British Comedy Award and a BAFTA. She has also appeared in the long-running drama Doc Martin and the science fiction series Humans. Her most recent stage work was at the National Theatre, where she starred as Judy – an obsessive housewife stuck in the 1950s - in Home, I’m Darling by Laura Wade. The production transfers to the West End next year.

Roxana Halls is a figurative painter who has exhibited across the UK and around the world. Her work has been included five times in the renowned BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, and has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show. She has won numerous prizes , and next year her art will feature in a touring show reflecting the life of Christine Keeler.

Producer: Clare Walker

Actor Katherine Parkinson meets artist Roxana Halls.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

06Norman Ackroyd meets Robert Macfarlane2018101720200326 (R4)The landscape painter and print-maker Norman Ackroyd meets the writer Robert Macfarlane.

Norman, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year, invites Robert to his studio in Bermondsey, London. They discuss their fascination with wild landscapes and islands, and how they attempt to come to a deeper understanding of place. They also share their thoughts on their working methods: for Norman, printmaking is like writing music - trying to capture and fix light and weather. For Robert, writing is a strange and solitary process: he reflects on the rhythm of prose and reads his latest “selkie” or seal-folk song.

Norman has been etching and painting for seven decades, with a focus on the British landscape - from the south of England to the most northerly parts of Scotland. His works are in the collections of leading museums and galleries around the world.

Robert has written widely about the natural world: his book The Old Ways is a best-selling exploration of Britain's ancient paths. In 2017 he published The Lost Words, a collaboration with the artist Jackie Morris, in which they aimed to bring nearby nature – the animals, trees and plants from our landscapes – back into the lives and stories of Britain’s children.

Producer Clare Walker

The painter and print-maker Norman Ackroyd meets the writer Robert Macfarlane.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

06Norman Ackroyd Meets Robert Macfarlane2018101720200326 (R4)The landscape painter and print-maker Norman Ackroyd meets the writer Robert Macfarlane.

Norman, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year, invites Robert to his studio in Bermondsey, London. They discuss their fascination with wild landscapes and islands, and how they attempt to come to a deeper understanding of place. They also share their thoughts on their working methods: for Norman, printmaking is like writing music - trying to capture and fix light and weather. For Robert, writing is a strange and solitary process: he reflects on the rhythm of prose and reads his latest “selkie” or seal-folk song.

Norman has been etching and painting for seven decades, with a focus on the British landscape - from the south of England to the most northerly parts of Scotland. His works are in the collections of leading museums and galleries around the world.

Robert has written widely about the natural world: his book The Old Ways is a best-selling exploration of Britain's ancient paths. In 2017 he published The Lost Words, a collaboration with the artist Jackie Morris, in which they aimed to bring nearby nature – the animals, trees and plants from our landscapes – back into the lives and stories of Britain’s children.

Producer Clare Walker

The painter and print-maker Norman Ackroyd meets the writer Robert Macfarlane.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

Norman, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year, invites Robert to his studio in Bermondsey, London. They discuss their fascination with wild landscapes and islands, and how they attempt to come to a deeper understanding of place. They also share their thoughts on their working methods: for Norman, printmaking is like writing music - trying to capture and fix light and weather. For Robert, writing is a strange and solitary process: he reflects on the rhythm of prose and reads his latest “selkie ? or seal-folk song.

06Stuart Skelton Meets Chris Addison20181031The opera singer Stuart Skelton meets the comedian, actor and director Chris Addison.

The tenor Stuart Skelton was born in Australia, and has appeared in leading opera houses and concert halls around the world. His most notable performances include the title role in Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten, and Tristan in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, with the conductor Sir Simon Rattle. He recently made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, playing Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walkure.

Chris Addison started out as a solo comedy performer and writer. He played Ollie, a hapless junior advisor, in Armando Iannucci’s political satire The Thick of It, and also appeared in the spin-off film In the Loop. He has directed numerous episodes of the Emmy award-winning comedy Veep, set in the office of the Vice President of the United States, and is familiar as a panellist on shows such as Mock the Week.

Producer: Clare Walker

Opera singer Stuart Skelton meets comedian, actor and director Chris Addison.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

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Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

07Debbie Wiseman meets Peter Kosminsky20190313

The composer Debbie Wiseman meets the film director Peter Kosminsky.

Debbie Wiseman began composing at the age eight and has written over 200 scores for TV and film, including Wilde, starring Stephen Fry, Wolf Hall and Dickensian.

Peter Kosminsky’s BAFTA winning fact-based dramas include No Child of Mine, about sexual abuse, and Warriors, which focused on the first British peacekeeping forces in Bosnia. More recently he has directed the multi-award winning TV series Wolf Hall, based on the novels by Hilary Mantel.

Producer: Clare Walker

Composer Debbie Wiseman meets film director Peter Kosminsky.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

07Debbie Wiseman Meets Peter Kosminsky20190313The composer Debbie Wiseman meets the film director Peter Kosminsky.

Debbie Wiseman began composing at the age eight and has written over 200 scores for TV and film, including Wilde, starring Stephen Fry, Wolf Hall and Dickensian.

Peter Kosminsky’s BAFTA winning fact-based dramas include No Child of Mine, about sexual abuse, and Warriors, which focused on the first British peacekeeping forces in Bosnia. More recently he has directed the multi-award winning TV series Wolf Hall, based on the novels by Hilary Mantel.

Producer: Clare Walker

Composer Debbie Wiseman meets film director Peter Kosminsky.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

07Iqbal Khan meets Benjamin Zephaniah20190306

The theatre director Iqbal Khan meets the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

Iqbal Khan was born in Birmingham. His productions include innovative stagings of Othello and Much Ado About Nothing for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Benjamin Zephaniah is also from Birmingham. He's written more than a dozen books of poems, as well as novels, plays and children's books.

Producer: Clare Walker

The theatre director Iqbal Khan meets the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

07Osman Yousefzada meets Haroon Mirza20190220Osman Yousafzada was born in Birmingham, where his mother ran a dress-making business. He studied anthropology before turning to fashion, and he launched his own womenswear label in 2008. Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Emma Watson and Taylor Swift have all worn his designs. Last year he staged his first solo art exhibition, Being Somewhere Else, at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.

Haroon Mirza was born in London and was obsessed by audio technology from an early age. He has exhibited his work widely around the UK and overseas. His installations have often mixed old-fashioned radios, TVs and gramophones with film loops, light and sound to explore sensory perception.

Fashion designer Osman Yousefzada meets artist Haroon Mirza.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

07Richard Long Meets Nitin Sawhney20190130The sculptor and land artist Richard Long meets the musician, composer and producer Nitin Sawhney.

Richard Long is one of Britain's best known land artists: using natural materials such as soil, rocks, water and vegetation in works sited in rural landscapes. He lives and works in Bristol, the city of his birth and has been shortlisted four times for the Turner Prize.

Nitin Sawhney is a musician, instrumentalist, composer and producer with over 20 studio albums to his name. He writes music for film, videogames, dance and theatre and received the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award in 2017.

Producer: Clare Walker

The artist Richard Long meets the musician Nitin Sawhney.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

07Sara Pascoe Meets Bryony Kimmings20190213The comedian Sara Pascoe meets the performance artist Bryony Kimmings, to discuss laughter, making a living, and the art of revealing the truth about yourself on stage.

Sara Pascoe is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor, appearing on shows including W1A and Mock the Week. Her first book, Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body investigated sexuality and evolutionary history. Her current show, Lads Lads Lads, chronicles her efforts to be happily single after the breakup of a four-year relationship.

Bryony Kimmings tackles taboos, stigmas and social injustice in her shows. In Sex Idiot she retraced an STI to its source and in 7 Day Drunk she investigated the link between intoxication and creativity. Her latest show is about motherhood, postnatal depression and finding inner strength. Her first screenplay, Last Christmas, written with Emma Thompson, is in production now.

Producer: Clare Walker

The comedian Sara Pascoe meets the performance artist Bryony Kimmings.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

07Tamara Rojo meets Josie Rourke20190227Tamara Rojo was a principal dancer at the Royal Ballet for more than a decade, before joining English National Ballet as artistic director and lead principal dancer in 2012. The company won the 2017 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in dance,( and Tamara has been praised for her bold programming).

Josie Rourke is the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse theatre, where her productions include Coriolanus, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role, and The Vote, by James Graham, with a cast including Judi Dench and Catherine Tate. Her first film, Mary Queen of Scots, was released in January.

The principal dancer of ENB, Tamara Rojo, meets theatre and film director Josie Rourke.

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07Tom Hiddleston meets Nicholas Britell20190320The actor Tom Hiddleston talks to the composer Nicholas Britell.

Tom Hiddleston's screen credits include The Night Manager on television, and the Thor and Avengers films in the cinema. On stage he has played Coriolanus to great acclaim, and is currently starring in Betrayal by Harold Pinter.

Nicholas Britell received Academy Award nominations for his scores for the films If Beale Street Could Talk and Moonlight. He also wrote the music for Vice, the recent film about Dick Cheney.

Actor Tom Hiddleston talks to composer Nicholas Britell.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

07Val Mcdermid Meets Vin Deighan20190206Val McDermid is one of Britain's most successful crime writers, and has sold more than 15 million books around the world. Since her debut in 1987, she has written several series of crime novels set in both her native Scotland and the north of England, as well short stories, radio plays and a prize-winning children's book. Her latest novel is Broken Ground.

Vin Deighan was born in Glasgow and draws under the name Frank Quitely. He is one of the leading artists in American comics, working for Marvel and DC on superheroes including Batman, Superman, and the X-men. He started drawing cartoon strips for the Glasgow underground comic Electric Soup in 1989 and continues to write and design his own short stories. An exhibition of his work was held at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow in 2017.

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Crime writer Val McDermid meets graphic artist Vin Deighan.

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Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

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10David Lan Meets Nico Muhly20200318The theatre producer and writer David Lan meets the composer Nico Muhly.

David Lan was the artistic director of the Young Vic in London for 18 years, winning the special Olivier Award in 2018 for his outstanding contribution to the stage. Born in South Africa, he trained as an actor, and then gained PhD in social anthropology, before working as a writer and director.

Nico Muhly has written more than 80 works, including the opera Marnie, staged by English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Philip Glass and Bjork, and his recent work for the screen includes the score for the BBC TV drama Howards End. Three of his compositions have inspired new dance works, currently being performed at Sadlers Wells.

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The saxophonist Jess Gillam meets the bass guitarist Gail Ann Dorsey.

In 2016 Jess Gillam became the first-ever saxophonist to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition, and in 2018 she was a soloist at the Last Night of the Proms. Her debut album Rise topped the UK classical charts. She also presents This Classical Life on BBC Radio 3.

Gail Ann Dorsey was a member of David Bowie’s band from 1995 until his death. She would often duet with him on stage, including taking the part originally performed by Freddie Mercury on Under Pressure. She has released three solo albums and has worked with a wide range of artists, including Tears for Fears, Boy George and Charlie Watts.

Producer Clare Walker

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

The saxophonist Jess Gillam meets the bass guitarist Gail Ann Dorsey.

In 2016 Jess Gillam became the first-ever saxophonist to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition, and in 2018 she was a soloist at the Last Night of the Proms. Her debut album Rise topped the UK classical charts. She also presents This Classical Life on BBC Radio 3.

Gail Ann Dorsey was a member of David Bowie’s band from 1995 until his death. She would often duet with him on stage, including taking the part originally performed by Freddie Mercury on Under Pressure. She has released three solo albums and has worked with a wide range of artists, including Tears for Fears, Boy George and Charlie Watts.

Producer Clare Walker

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

The saxophonist Jess Gillam meets the bass guitarist Gail Ann Dorsey.

In 2016 Jess Gillam became the first-ever saxophonist to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition, and in 2018 she was a soloist at the Last Night of the Proms. Her debut album Rise topped the UK classical charts. She also presents This Classical Life on BBC Radio 3.

Gail Ann Dorsey was a member of David Bowie’s band from 1995 until his death. She would often duet with him on stage, including taking the part originally performed by Freddie Mercury on Under Pressure. She has released three solo albums and has worked with a wide range of artists, including Tears for Fears, Boy George and Charlie Watts.

Producer Clare Walker

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

10Lavinia Greenlaw Meets Charles Avery20200311Lavinia Greenlaw has published six collections of poetry, including The Built Moment which reflected on her father’s dementia. Her novels include In the City of Love’s Sleep, about a relationship sparked by a chance encounter in a museum. She also writes about art and music, including a book on how pop shaped her young identity. She was the first artist in residence at the Science Museum, and her immersive sound work, Audio Obscura, won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

Charles Avery grew up on the island of Mull. For more than 15 years, he has worked on a single project – the invention of an imaginary island, creating its people, settlements, landscapes, forests and creatures through paint, sculpture and text. The main town is called Onomatopoeia, and it’s rumoured that the island is home to an elusive beast called the Noumenon.

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The writer Lavinia Greenlaw meets the artist Charles Avery.

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10Simon Stephens Meets Simon Armitage20200226The playwright Simon Stephens meets Simon Armitage. the Poet Laureate.

Simon Stephens has created more than 30 works for the theatre. They include original dramas, such as Punk Rock, set in the library of a Stockport school, new versions of plays by Chekhov and Ibsen, and the highly successful stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which won the Olivier Award for the best new play, and the Tony Award for the best play on Broadway.

Simon Armitage is the current national Poet Laureate, a role he began in May 2019. He published his first full-length collection of poems, Zoom!, in 1989. Since then has published more than a dozen volumes of poetry, along with fiction, an acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, works for theatre, film, television and radio, and a book about of his love of pop music, and his band The Scaremongers.

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The playwright Simon Stephens meets the poet Simon Armitage.

Only Artists brings two artists together to talk about their creative work.

The playwright Simon Stephens meets Simon Armitage. the Poet Laureate.

Simon Armitage is the current national Poet Laureate, a role he began in May 2019. He published his first full-length collection of poems, Zoom!, in 1989. Since then has published more than a dozen volumes of poetry, along with fiction, an acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, works for theatre, film, television and radio, and a book about of his love of pop music, and his band The Scaremongers.

The playwright Simon Stephens meets the poet Simon Armitage.