Conversation #19: Hugh and Ciarán, hosts of Previously in Europe

In a flurry of mutual interviewing, you might have seen my latest post about the Previously in Europe podcast, or heard me talking to Hugh and Ciarán on the podcast itself. I couldn’t feature the podcast without finding out more about the people behind it. So here, in my 19th personal interview, is a bit more…

Conversation #17: Kevin Gardner

Kevin Gardner is one of the many pro-EU folk I’ve met through my social media activity – and I really appreciate his enthusiasm to express his thoughts about Europe through this interview – one of the keenest interviewees I’ve had to date. Active with Manchester for Europe, this is the perfect time to share his…

Conversation #15: Ciarán Hanna

I’m delighted to share my recent interview with Ciarán Hanna, Deputy Chair of European Movement in Northern Ireland. From Northern Ireland, but having lived in Poland and France, and studied European Studies, Ciarán was keen to share his thoughts. Before we get to the interview, a word about The European Movement Northern Ireland: The European Movement is a…

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…

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 #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…

Conversation #5: Karin Geršak

Photo: Jure Frelih Karin Geršak lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She studied Translation Studies in English and German at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and also speaks Italian. She has had a varied career, including working as a croupier while studying. She has worked in tourism and the HRM department. Recently, she has been a freelance…

Hope for Europe in 2017?

Will our European conversations be different in 2017? I started putting this blog, Conversations with Europe, together in mid-2016, in the aftermath of the UK Brexit Referendum. My social media feeds were full of people’s thoughts about the EU and Europe in a far wider sense. I read and heard so many views about the…

Conversation #4: Anne Amison

After a thirty year teaching career at an urban comprehensive school in the West Midlands, Anne Amison now lives and works in Venice as a teacher, writer and speaker. She is the author of Byron – Venice: An English Milord in Europe & Italy (San Marco Press, 2014), and  has spoken about Byron’s Venetian life on numerous…

Conversation #3: Kat Boettge

  Kat Boettge has been elected provisionally as the East Midlands Green Party lead Euro candidate for the 2019 elections prior the referendum to be the relevant spokesperson. She is originally from Germany, but gained dual nationality last year. Kat has been living in Nottingham and in the UK for 16 years. She has previously…

Conversation #2: Justine Saracen

Retired university professor, opera manager, editor, Justine Saracen has written eleven historical thrillers that span the ages, from Ancient Egypt (The 100th Generation) through the Italian Renaissance (Sistine Heresy), to World War II; on opera (Mephisto Aria) religion (Sarah, Son of God, Beloved Gomorrah), and mountain gorillas (Dian’s Ghost). Recently she’s focused on World War…