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Gruff Rhys, Brigid Keenan, Richard Kerridge, Corey Baker

Libby Purves is joined by singer and songwriter Gruff Rhys, writer and journalist Bridget Keenan, dancer and choreographer Corey Baker and nature writer Richard Kerridge.

Libby Purves is joined by writer and journalist Bridget Keenan; singer and songwriter Gruff Rhys; dancer and choreographer Corey Baker and nature writer Richard Kerridge.

Brigid Keenan gave up a career as a fashion journalist to become the wife of a diplomat, living in Nepal, Ethiopia, Syria, the Gambia and Azerbaijan. In her latest book, Packing Up, the couple are posted to Kazakhstan and they are facing their biggest adventure so far - the prospect of retirement. Packing Up - Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse is published by Bloomsbury.

Gruff Rhys is a singer and songwriter who performs solo and with several bands including Super Furry Animals. His latest project, American Interior, was inspired by a trip across the US to retrace the steps of his distant relative John Evans. Evans left Snowdonia in 1792 to find a mythical Welsh-speaking Native American tribe, the Madogwys. Gruff has produced an album, film, book and app and will be performing songs from the album at The Brighton Festival and at the Soho Theatre.

Corey Baker is a dancer and choreographer from New Zealand. He is international resident choreographer for this year's International Dance Festival in Birmingham. He is working with members of the public and professional dancers on a piece called A Haka Day Out based on the traditional Maori war dance.

Richard Kerridge is a nature writer and leads the MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University. As a child he loved to encounter wild creatures such as newts, lizards and marsh frogs. In his book Cold Blood - part natural history guide, part memoir - he writes about our relationship with nature. Cold Blood - Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians is published in hardback by Chatto and Windus.

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43 minutes

In the studio

In the studio

L-R: Gruff Rhys, Richard Kerridge, Corey Baker and Brigid Keenan.


Role Contributor
Presenter Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest Gruff Rhys
Interviewed Guest Brigid Keenan
Interviewed Guest Richard Kerridge
Interviewed Guest Corey Baker
Producer Annette Wells