…but with a bit of grunge thrown in, because Conjuring The Infiniteand Endless Empress author Kirkland Ciccone appears to have kidnapped the ghost of Kurt Cobain and whisked him off to the yurt at Edinburgh International Book Festival, as you can see in this great new video:
Kirkland is off to collect the Catalyst Award trophy later this week. Whether he’ll be wearing the sunglasses he’s sporting towards the end of the interview…no news on that front yet.
This Is What I Look Like author Theresa Talbot – ‘TT’ to BBC Radio Scotland listeners – has been snapped up alongside the likes of Kirsty Wark, James Naughtie and Lorraine Kelly to appear at Pitlochry’s Winter Words festival in February.
To quote the Winter Words website: ‘…we’ll hear tales from Theresa Talbot, direct from the Beechgrove Garden potting shed, and the great Lorraine Kelly will take us on a tour of her Scotland’.
(Theresa hosted The Beechgrove Potting Shed on BBC Radio Scotland…just in case you’re thinking, ‘Hang on, doesn’t she do the Traffic and Travel’. She does that too. And she’s written for the Comedy Unit and worked with Andy Williams and Lulu and interviewed Glen Campbell…)
You can catch Theresa on Saturday 21 February, but note that tickets don’t go on sale until December.
“It’s fun being me. Loads of people know what I sound like, but hardly anyone recognises me.”
In this voyage of self-discovery, TT (as she’s known to the likes of Fred McAulay) entertains us with us a life-story many will relate to: trying numerous occupations in the 1980s and 1990s (from bank clerk to Pepsi Challenge girl); recognising the need to self-educate; and eavesdropping on a No.66 bus…and thus ending up at the BBC, Radio Clyde and Q96 via AA Roadwatch. (That happens to everyone…doesn’t it?)
Theresa reveals how she stole (there’s no other word for it) a milk float as a young child, with disastrous consequences. She recalls her trepidation at the prospect of producing Lulu and explains why she talked non-stop to Andy Williams and how she blew a chance to sing with Glen Campbell. Along the way, she gives an insider’s guide to presenting Traffic & Travel and points out the importance of hairdressers to comedy careers. Plus, there’s a hilarious guide to having a stress-free Xmas.
Oh, and in case you are still wondering…this is what she looks like.