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Grayson Perry

Kirsty Young's castaway is potter Grayson Perry.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the artist Grayson Perry. For more than 20 years his work was broadly unknown outside the narrow confines of the art world. But in 2003 he became a household name after a collection of his exquisitely ornate pots won him art's most prestigious award, the Turner Prize. He's described as 'the hottest potter in the world' but newspaper headlines describing his success focused at least as much on his clothes as his art - when he collected the prize he wore a lilac party dress with a bow in his hair.

He started dressing in his sister's clothes when he was a child - initially as part of his imaginative games and then for an erotic thrill. In part, women's clothes represented the tender emotions he was too scared to show in his repressive and sometimes frightening family home. Now, they're a way of controlling how people see him, what kind of attention he attracts and, if nothing else, they're a unique selling point. He acknowledges the debt he owes to his profession; only the arts would tolerate, he says, a transvestite potter from Essex.

Favourite track: Prophecies by Philip Glass
Book: An art book on Gothic and Renaissance altar pieces
Luxury: Loads of really good pens and paper

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Fri 23 Feb 2007 09:00

Music Played

  • Busted

    Loser Kid

    • Busted.
    • Island.
  • Ron Goodwin

    Main theme to the 1964 film 633 Squadron

    • Where Eagles Dare & 633 Squadron.
    • MGM.
  • Tony Bennett

    This is All I Ask

    • When Joanna Loved Me/ This is all I ask/ fly me.
    • CBS.
  • The Fall

    Hip Priest

    • Hip Priest and Kamerads.
    • BBL1.
  • Motörhead

    Killed by Death

    • Anthology Vol 1.
    • Legacy.
  • Willie Nelson

    Always on My Mind

    • Make It Easy.
    • Music Club.
  • Randy Crawford

    One Day I'll Fly Away

    • The Love Album Classics.
    • Virgin.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Philip Glass

      Prophecies

      • Koyaanisqatsi - Film Soundtrack.
      • Island.
  • Book Choice

    • An art book on Gothic and Renaissance altar pieces

  • Luxury Choice

    • Loads of really good pens and paper

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Grayson Perry

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