Stark Talk: The New Series
Edi introduces us to a few of the talented and unique individuals who feature in her new series of Stark Talk.
I've been reading Shereen's blog and agree that it is tough to persuade even the most high flying women to 'blow their own trumpet'. I've been producing and presenting Stark Talk for more than ten years and I can't say it's getting any easier to convince women they're 'worth it'.
I've just recorded an interview with Miss Lynn Myles, an extraordinarily bright, caring woman who is one of only five consultant neurosurgeons in Scotland. Always on the lookout for good guests, she was recommended to me by her colleague consultant paediatric oncologist Hamish Wallace, another modest individual whom I met when making Melissa's Story, a programme about one patient's experience at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Lynn claims there's nothing special about her, she's only doing her job but you can judge for yourself when the programme is broadcast on 27th October at 11.30am.
The week beforehand, on the 21st of October, there's another extraordinary woman on the show. Singer turned dancer, Claire Cunningham from Kilmarnock, took up dance when she was 27 years old. Five years on, this young woman who was born with osteoporosis, is touring internationally to great acclaim, challenging our perceptions of beautiful movement and aesthetics and confounding doctors who told her that she would never be any fitter. Still using crutches on and off stage with virtuoso skill, her bones are denser and she's taller. You can view her unique performance style and find out more through her website.
Our new series starts with the lovely stage and screen actor Billy Boyd. He's just as happy touring Sunshine on Leith, (the musical of Proclaimers' songs) with Dundee rep as he is with Hollywood glory surrounding his Hobbit days in the trilogy, Lord of the Rings. He's planning to get married to his partner Ali this year, except that neither he nor she are any good at planning! During the course of our conversation, as you'll hear, we have a Jim'll Fix It moment when we realise the dream wedding for him would be if the Proclaimers could be there singing Let's get married. 'That would make me do it!' he says and asks jokingly if I could organise it.
I did ask, but regretfully Charlie and Craig cannot commit to anything at the moment as they've just ended a 15 month tour and are back into the writing process. But I'm not giving up hope. Asked why Billy wants to get married when he's quite happy as he is, he tells me 'I love her.'
And I've been singing Oh Jean ever since.
Listen to Edi's Sony Gold award-winning documentary - Never Too Old To Care: