No 10. Vigil, Breaking Brexit with Music and More

Photo credit: Bruce Tanner For the last six months, there have been unusual goings-on opposite Number 10 Downing Street. Passers-by might have seen a caricature of the Prime Minister’s head on a stick, endless creative and hard-hitting placards, a plethora of blue and yellow flags, a man impersonating the Foreign Secretary, and more… They might…

Conversation #9: Elena Remigi

Elena Remigi, 49 years old, is an Italian interpreter, translator, language teacher and creator of ‘In Limbo’, a collective book of 144 Brexit-related testimonies from EU citizens living in the UK. She was born and raised in Milan, where she is originally from and moved to Canada for a year when she was 19. She…

In Limbo: Brexit Testimonies from EU Citizens in the UK

Last week, I wrote about ‘Retaining European Citizenship‘ – an initiative focused on helping British citizens retain some of of their EU rights after Brexit. At the event I attended for this project, the other leaflet on the tables was for ‘In Limbo’ – a project about the other side of the coin, the citizens…

Daniel Barenboim at the BBC Proms

This blog is all about conversations. And it was a conversation during the working day today – in my day job in a museum – when one of our volunteers, Rosemarie, told me I needed to listen to Daniel Barenboim‘s speech at the BBC Proms. I’m known for my views about, and engagement with, Europe…

Retaining European Citizenship

One of the delights of this blog, and the related social media, is the growing network of Europeans I am interacting with. Just last week, on Twitter, I was invited to attend European Citizenship: A Conversation, held at the Nottingham Contemporary. Conveniently, this is less than two minutes from where I work three days a…

Weil’s um was geht! Hope and inspiration from Austria?

Inspiration and clarity can sometimes be found in unlikely places. On Friday morning, I was browsing my personal Facebook page when a post from Thomas Gansch, my first interviewee on this blog (and one of the best musicians in Europe) drew my attention, mostly because of the photo of a rather serious bearded man staring…

Conversation #8: Madeleina Kay

Madeleina Kay, originally from Leicester, UK, is the driving force and illustrator behind Letters to Europe, previously featured on Conversations with Europe. She is a singer, artist, and writer, as well as a political activist – which includes being one of the Communications Officers at the Young European Movement. Her latest publication is Theresa Maybe…

Conversation #7: Catherine Pawsey

Catherine Pawsey is originally from Scotland, has lived in Kent, and has now retired to France. She renovates properties for her children, which are now rented out to people from across Europe. I met Catherine through pro-Remain conversations on social media and am delighted she has agreed to be interviewed for the blog – one…

Conversation #6: Moez Adamjee

My next conversation, after a little break, is with Moez Adamjee, who is engaged in many conversations about Europe – including being very active online, which is how we know each other. Moez is one of my first interviewees to sound hopeful about the future of Europe – I wonder if, nearly a year since…