Category Archives: Tina Talks To…

Tina Talks To…novelists Fanny Blake and Megan Taylor

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Ever fancied yourself as a novelist? Do you think there might be a writer within but you aren’t sure if you have the courage to let it out? Then take comfort and inspiration from my two guests for this week’s Tina Talks To… Fanny Blake has been involved in publishing all her life but only found the courage to write her own novels when a significant birthday loomed and it became now or never! Her second novel Women of a […]

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Tina Talks to Judas, Jesus and Mary

My Tina Talks To… interview today is a slight change of plan from my original – the Sheffield ladies will be on next week. As it is the week after Easter, I’ve decided to re-run an interview I did last year with the three principal players in Newark Amateur Operatic’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The interview is really a discussion between Ben (Jesus), Andy (Judas), Julia (Mary) and me about one of the greatest stories ever told – the […]

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Tina talks to…Rachel Agnew

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Rachel Agnew might not be a household name but her voice is heard by pretty much everyone. She was catapaulted into the public eye in 2009 when she won the Make Me a Loose Woman competition to join the Loose Women team on ITV. Since then she has become a popular after dinner and events speaker telling her story. She is also a broadcaster, a marketing whizz, and a single mum who finds time somehow to write a column for […]

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Tina Talks to…Christine Brown Quinn

This is the first of a series of interviews focused on finding your own voice and telling your story. My aim is to inspire women to find their own voice by listening to thought provoking, fabulous women (and occasionally men) who have found theirs. In this interview I talk to Christine Brown Quinn, founder of The Female Capitalist, co-founder of The Women in Business SuperSeries, and author of Step Aside Superwoman; Career and Family is for Any Woman. Christine is […]

The view from the literary agent’s desk

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Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be a literary agent? Getting paid to read books all day seems like my idea of work heaven, but the reality isn’t always quite so sweet. Interviewing Victoria Hobbs, agent to some famous and not-so-famous names, was a fascinating insight into the life of a literary agent and their needs and expectations of an author. If you have aspirations of being the next JK Rowling or Martin Amis, then this is […]

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A magical conversation with Pauline Crawford

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Pauline and I go back many years, and every time our paths cross and we hook up again, it’s like we only saw each other yesterday. Pauline is a woman transforming the world – and, she intends, the boardroom. A conference speaker of 20 years experience, Pauline works with top people who want a business world in which diverse players contribute more effectively.  Her goal is to enable men and women to engage in conversations that shift attitudes and open up possibilties […]

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Jazzing it up with Alan Barnes

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Alan Barnes is one of the most self-effacing people I have ever interviewed. He has a string of accolades and awards including BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (2001 and 2006). He was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003 and has played with such greats as Humphrey Littleton, Dick Walter, Kenny Baker, Bob Wilber, Don Weller, Stan Tracey, Mike Westbrook and John Dankworth – and that’s just naming a few. He has also appeared as a session […]

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Tim Kliphuis – the fiddler raising the roof

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© Marco Borggreve I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dutchman Tim Kliphuis on my ‘In The Limelight’ radio show in advance of his visit to Newark to play at the Jazz Weekend at Ann et Vin. I also had the greatest pleasure in hearing Tim and his Trio play and I have to say this is one fiddler who really did raise the roof! Tim and the Trio, accompanied by David Newton on piano, were phenomenal. Although the violin was never […]

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Hovis – one hilarious horse!

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As an author of four books of horsy humour (three published by Hodder and Stoughton and one self-published), I know it is no mean feat to publish your first book. And it’s a great achievement when you have no previous knowledge of the publishing industry. So congratulations are well deserved for Karen Thompson and Hovis for birthing their first book together. It all started a couple of years ago on the Horse and Hound Forums and it has culminated in […]

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Want a good read? Have a listen…

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One of the things I love about doing my radio shows is that I get to interview interesting people. Recently I had the pleasure of talking to three local authors about their writing and their books. Ian Collinson, Megan Taylor and Nigel Pickard are published by a local publishing company, Weathervane Press, which is also owned by Ian. Enjoy the podcast and if you want to find out more then visit A sad postscript to this interview is that Nigel Pickard […]

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