/ archive / February 6th 2007

Special guests: Trevor Dann and Laura Atkins

Hayley Sherman speaks to Radio Academy Director Trevor Dann and Childrenís Literature Specialist, Laura Atkins. Also performing will be singer/songwriter Carly Bryant. Her compelling songs, influenced by artists such as Janis Joplin and Fiona Apple, will be a great way to end the proceedings.

This month's raffle gives you a chance to win, thanks to Borders, The Roald Dahl Treasury - a wonderful collection by and about the great storytelling genius, with a cool Borders bag to carry the excellent prize home in! Plus a very special radio related prize.

Trevor Dann

Trevor Dann
Trevor Dann

Trevor was very light hearted throughout his interview, as he discussed his achievements in broadcasting and journalism. Among his many amusing anecdotes was his banning of Status Quo from Radio 1's airwaves, and the group's unsuccessful attempt to sue the BBC as a result. Trevor also told Hayley of his aims behind the acclaimed biography on the singer/songwriter Nick Drake.

Trevor is Director of the Radio Academy, the professional body for the UK radio industry. He is also a writer, broadcaster and media consultant. His first book, the acclaimed Nick Drake biography, Darker Than The Deepest Sea was published in 2006.

Trevor and Hayley
Trevor and Hayley

Trevor presents an album show on Classic Gold and produces programmes for BBC Radio 2. He was previously Head of BBC Music Entertainment, responsible for Radio 1, Radio 2, Top of the Pops and Later with Jools Holland.

He is known in the music industry as the man who overhauled Radio 1's music policy during its mid-nineties repositioning. As Managing Editor of GLR, launched the radio careers of Chris Evans, Chris Morris and Danny Baker. Trevor has contributed to The Times, The Guardian, Q, Music Week and Mojo, and has won a BAFTA for Live Aid.

www.trevordann.com

www.radioacademy.org.

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Laura Atkins

Laura and Hayley
Laura and Hayley

Laura discussed her varied role as a Children's Literature Specialist, giving the attendees an insight into this increasingly popular field, including how the publishing world differs in the states, as she spent seven years in the industry there.

Laura is behind, with creative writing organisation, The South, a forthcoming Brighton based Children's Literature Festival, which will feature former SPACE guest William Nicholson on April 21.

www.lauraatkins.com

www.thesouth.org.uk

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Carly Bryant

Carly Bryant
Carly Bryant

Our thanks to the fantastic singer/songwriter Carly Bryant. She performed a few songs, including her version of the Scissor Sisters' - Take Your Mama Out and her own composition Circles.

Her compelling songs are influenced by artists such as Janis Joplin and Fiona Apple. Sample her music on the following websites;

www.myspace.com/carlybryant

www.carlybryant.moonfruit.com

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Forthcoming guests:

Rob Da Bank
Radio DJ and Sunday Best Recordsí Rob Da Bank.
Chris Difford
Singer/songwriter Chris Difford, formerly of Squeeze.
Trevor Dann
Radio Academy Director Trevor Dann
Laura Atkins
Childrenís Literature Specialist, Laura Atkins
Penny King
Arts Councilís music consultant, Penny King