Viv Albertine, Hollie McNish, Salena Godden
With Ian McMillan. With former slits guitarist Viv Albertine, performance poet Hollie McNish, Salena Godden on her childhood and Gary Robinson on the Choctaw code talkers of WWI.
Ian McMillan?s guests on the ?cabaret of the word? include singer-songwriter and former Slits guitarist Viv Albertine, whose memoir ?Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys? (Faber) is an account of surviving the male-dominated punk scene. Poet Hollie McNish performs from her work-in-progress album and book, Salena Godden recalls her childhood in Hastings in ?Springfield Road?, which also tells the story of her journey writing the book, and Gary Robinson explains how the language of the Native American Choctaw tribe became a useful tool in WWI.
The former Slits guitarist Viv Albertine has written her memoir - ‘Clothes clothes clothes music music music boys boys boys’ (Faber) She explains that the book, made up of moments that are burned into her emotional memory, is written with the same questioning honesty as her music and artwork.
Performance Poet Hollie McNish kept a poetic diary of her pregnancy and birth of her daughter. Initially it was private, but now Hollie has decided to share the work as she’s ‘had enough of women not being honest’. Unedited, the diary focuses on details of her experience, from food as a displacement activity, to the unexpected beauty in morning sickness.
Salena Gooden’s memoir ‘Springfield Road’ (Unbound) has been published using crowdfunding. She tells Ian about the joys of her experience, how there is always an element of fiction in memory, and how if she was king, she’d make everyone write a memoir. She also shares work from her collected poems ‘Fishing in the Aftermath’ (Burning Eye)
Gary Robinson’s research into American Indians in the military led him to look into the use of Native American languages as code. The practice began with Choctaw speakers in WWI. Gary, who is of Choctaw descent explains how the language is so different grammatically and syntactically from English, and therefore can be used as a weapon.