Keep Asking The Questions

I love asking questions, I love hearing the answers even more. Every month I have a radio show - ‘The Two of Us’ on Reel Rebels Radio. I also have a regular newsletter which includes a monthly interview. Below is a selection of some of the questions I have asked my radio guests and interviewees. It’s quite fun to ask yourself the questions, especially if you are a creative type which most people I interview are.

How does getting angry help ? 

How much is vulnerability part of your creative process ?

Why is story so important ? 

When did you first begin to identify as writer ?

Adversity – how do you cope with it ?

How much of your happiness is based around family ? 

Where do you get your energy from ? 

What are you most proud of and why ?

Do you see yourself as a spiritual person ?

Where do you get your strength ?

Where is the love in your life ?

Has fear of abandonment been something that you  have had to work with in you life ?

How do you remain hopeful and optimistic ?

How has having a loving partner helped with your emotional well- being and how it makes you feel about the future ? 

How does cooking help create a sense a family for you ? 

What does family mean to you ?

What makes you feel at home in the world ? 

How does nature heal ?

What does showcasing mean for you ?

What’s the greatest lesson that personal failure has taught you ? 

Does art have to be great ? Is that its purpose ? 

 What do you see your role as a creator in relationship to a wider community ? 

How do you deal with conflict on both a personal and political level ?  

How easy is engaging with the creative process for you ?

How does reading help you? 

How would you personally describe your emotional state day to day? Would you ever think about addressing mental health directly in your work ?

How much does fashion and dressing contribute to your emotional well-being ?

How much do you stay present in your own life ?

How do you love people when they are pissing you off (any tips!) ?

What support do you provide to younger people ? 

Did you have an example of this in your own life? 

Is poetry a sort of prayer?

What does poetry do for you that other art forms don’t ?

What’s next ?

What have you learnt from teaching?

Do you consider yourself an activist and how much is your writing a part of that ? 

Growing up how did racism directly impact your mental health and how, if at all, has that changed now you are an adult ?

In what ways does music contribute to your emotional well-being ?

What wisdom about self care would you like to pass on to your children ?

How has Brexit affected your mental health ? And sense of identity ?

What is it to become visible ?

How often do you get outside ? outdoors, out of the country, out of your comfort zone, out of your head ?

Five words to describe what emotional intimacy means to you. 

Would you describe yourself as a survivor?

Where have you felt constrained in your life ?

Diagnosis – what does it mean to you ? 

How do you cope with the unknown ? 

How are you doing today ? 

Asking for help ? Is that something that comes easily to you? 

Is it still possible to celebrate after a tragedy ? or How is it possible to live after a tragedy ?

What future do you envisage for yourself ?

How useful has therapy been for you ?

Would you describe taking photographs as a form of therapy ?

What solace do you get from other’s work ? What inspirations ?

How do you think we need to expand the conversation around mental health and creativity ?

What real life stories are not being told (or told enough) that need to be heard more?

Why is radio such a great medium for documentary/real life stories? 

What is the most unexpected/surprising thing that parenting has taught you ?

How has your notion of being kind to yourself changed over the last couple of years ?

How has being a parent impacted on your relationship and understanding of climate change, and the ways you respond to it ?

What is the most urgent thing you want to communicate with your creativity right now ?

If you could choose another art form (one that you are not currently working in) to express yourself in what would it be and why ?

When did you first begin to identify as an artist, how did that come about ?

How has living with chronic illness impacted on your creative process ?

What one thing has life taught you that you would like to sing from the mountain top ?