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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

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

Laura De Lisle

In her 15-year career, Plaistow-born Andi Osho has worked in theatre, TV and stand-up, and is the only contestant to have won Celebrity Mastermind twice. Highlights of her astonishingly varied CV include appearances in Casualty, Waking the Dead, EastEnders and Death in Paradise, and she played therapist Carrie in Michaela Coel’s acclaimed I May Destroy You.

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

Jessica Payn

Amina Cain is a writer of near-naked spaces and roomy characters. Her debut collection of short fiction, I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues, 2009), located itself in the potential strangeness of everyday thoughts and experience.

theartsdesk Q&A: Isabella Pappas on how...

Laura De Lisle

Isabella Pappas was nominated for an Olivier Award seven years ago – before she’d even started secondary school. The 18-year-old now stars in ITV’s...

theartsdesk Q&A: actor Polly Walker on '...

Laura De Lisle

Polly Walker's character in Netflix's sumptuous new Regency romance, Bridgerton, could've easily been little more than a villainous Mrs Bennet. We...

10 Questions for Musician and Broadcaster Cerys...

Sebastian Scotney

Cerys Matthews is a best-selling author, award winning DJ and multi-million selling musician, singer, reciter... and broadcaster, originally from...

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

10 Questions for Irina Nalis

Joe Muggs

Multidisciplinary thinking at a multidisciplinary festival in a time of crisis

Roy Hudd: 'I was just trying to make 'em laugh'

Jasper Rees

The most traditional of entertainers, who has died at 83, harked back to a vanished age

theartsdesk Q&A: musician Rick McMurray

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Ash drummer on 25 years as an indie rock teen titan

Actress Noémie Merlant: 'This is something that hasn't been told yet'

Demetrios Matheou

The star of 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' talks about a film that asserts the female gaze, behind and in front of the camera

theartsdesk Q&A: soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn

David Nice

Returning to ENO to sing Verdi's Luisa Miller, a great singer-actor reflects

'She was revolutionary': Tanztheater Wuppertal's new director on the legacy of Pina Bausch

Jenny Gilbert

Bettina Wagner-Bergelt talks violence and taped music in a monumental early masterpiece

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