A Song For Europe – Madeleina Kay

When I first interviewed Madeleina Kay, she was yet to become ‘EU Supergirl’ though she was certainly a leading pro-EU figure with her Letters2EU project and Alba Whitewolf books and illustrations. When I first interviewed Peter Cook, he was already leading the musical resistance to Brexit. The two combined for the Rage Against the Brexit Machine…

No, Jeremy Corbyn! The latest release in the musical fight against Brexit.

I’ve interviewed both Peter Cook and Madeleina Key for Conversations with Europe over the last few months. As two of the most high profile and creative pro-EU campaigners at the present time, it was inevitable that I’d soon be chatting to them about a joint project. RAGE Against the Brexit Machine, which I’ve also written…

“Because We’re Still European”: Club Europ Express, Brighton.

Because We’re Still European is the slogan of Club Europ Express, a cultural project based in Brighton. An ongoing theme of this blog has become how music, culture, the arts, and the conversations they inspire, are some of the strongest connections across the continent. This was so before the Brexit referendum. Those connections are now…

Conversation #14: Marek Kohn

Photo credit: Monika Stachyra Marek Kohn is a British author and journalist. Much of his work is about the implications of scientific thinking in relation to human nature and society; his books exploring these themes include A Reason for Everything: Natural Selection and the English Imagination; As We Know It: Coming to Terms with an Evolved…

Rage Against the Brexit Machine

This blog began, last year, with music when online political and cultural conversations with Austrian trumpet star Thomas Gansch inspired me to start interviewing and talking with my fellow Europeans about Europe, Brexit, coffee, stereotypes and more. The blog began with the aim of discussing what Europe – and being European – is all about….

Conversation #10: Peter Cook

Photo Credit: Christina Jansen Peter Cook leads Human Dynamics, offering Business and Organisation Development. He also delivers keynotes around the world that blend business intelligence with parallel lessons from music, via The Academy of Rock. He is author of, and contributor to, eleven books on business leadership.  His three passions are science, business and music, having led…

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…

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…

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 #1: Thomas Gansch

Thomas is my first Conversation with Europe. His political postings on social media during the UK referendum campaign were one of the inspirations behind this project from the beginning…