Tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do? Where have you been spending lock down?
I’ve lived in London since the end of 2008. I worked in the corporate sector until 2019 when I finally got the courage to start out on my own and follow my instincts. I started my own business – Hey Sunday – which is an agency to help people develop their experimental mindset, conquer their fears and bring about big change in their life. I’m also the co-founder of South London Arts Lab and MÜ magazine (more on that below) with a bunch of like-minded collaborators, including Youth (Killing Joke and world renowned producer). I play (ok, maybe that’s bending the definition!) the drums and played the ‘cello again after 30 years!
How’s lockdown been for you?
I spent the first lockdown in London. From a work point of view, it’s not been too different. I work from home anyway, so it gave me time to develop the Hey Sunday programme and to co-create two online festivals for the South London Arts Lab and start work on the magazine. From a personal point of view, lockdown has been difficult. My parents both contracted Covid. They are both in their late 80’s and both miraculously survived it and I cannot express how grateful I am to NHS and care home staff for their selflessness and compassion.
What’s something you’ve learned about yourself (or the world) over the last few months?
Myself: giving up booze a year ago was a pretty good idea.
World: I thought that Covid might be the cataclysmic event that might bring back the world from the abyss of division, inequality, hatred and climate destruction. I think I was wrong. Governments and institutions show no real desire to change and build a better world. I’m supporting movements called “#democratizingwork” started in Europe by several women scholars and “Socialstructing”, a concept coined by Marina Gorbis of the Institute For The Future.
What have you missed most about the House? What do you look forward to getting back to?
I’ve missed the warmth when I walk through the door, the smiles and welcome of staff and members. Oh, and the events of course. Going back as a non-boozer will be tumultuous!
If you could have a drink with one person (real or imaginary) at our bar, who would it be?
Say hello to me to talk… e.g. marketing, the offside rule, the history of the brioche bun ( you can talk about MÜ here).
…about MÜ magazine (www.mu-magazine.com), featuring interviews with established artists and visionaries like the HOSB’s own Jarvis Cocker, Alan Moore, Audrey Grant, Penny Rimbaud, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Mark Stewart as well as new emerging artists like Big Joanie, Stephen Towns and Dawn Okoro coupled with inspirational slabs of restorative counter-culture theatre, art, poetry and music.. I’m really honoured to have interviewed Steph Phillips of Big Joanie as the centrepiece of an article on the influence of black musicians on punk music through the ages. In the digital age, it’s kind of liberating to produce an old school, hard copy, through-the-letterbox magazine.
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