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Lindsay Kemp, John Calder, Hilary Lister, John Calcutt, Neil Simon

Julian Worricker on dancer and choreographer Lindsay Kemp, publisher John Calder, sailor Hilary Lister, arts academic John Calcutt and playwright Neil Simon.

Pictured: Lindsay Kemp

Julian Worricker on:

The dancer and choreographer, Lindsay Kemp, who worked alongside David Bowie and Kate Bush.

John Calder, the influential publisher, who championed avant-garde authors and battled censorship.

The record-breaking sailor, Hilary Lister, who became the first quadriplegic person to sail across the English Channel.

John Calcutt, who shaped the contemporary visual art scene in Scotland at the Glasgow School of Art.

And the award-winning American playwright, screenwriter and author, Neil Simon.

Interviewed guest: David Haughton
Interviewed guest: Kate Bush
Interviewed guest: Bill Swainson
Interviewed guest: Pauline Rudd
Interviewed guest: Francis McKee
Interviewed guest: Matt Wolf

Archive clips from: Woman's Hour, Radio 4 22/01/1969; Private Passions, Radio 3 25/03/2000; Censorship In Modern Britain: Radio 4 Reports, 12/12/68; Radio 2 Arts Programme: Simply Simon, 27/04/1997; Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 14/05/1995; A Race Against Time: Hilary Lister's Round Britain Dream, BBC Two 14/07/2013; Woman's Hour, Radio 4 11/07/1989; Third Ear, Radio 3 06/05/1991.

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Lindsay Kemp

Born 3 May 1938; died 24 August 2018, aged 80.

Last Word spoke to his friend and collaborator David Haughton, and his former student, singer and musician Kate Bush.

John Calder

Born 25 January 1927; died 13 August 2018, aged 91.

Last Word spoke to his friend Bill Swainson, editor and literary consultant.

Hilary Lister

Born 3 March 1972; died 18 August 2018, aged 46.

Last Word spoke to her mother, Pauline Rudd.

John Calcutt

Born 4 March 1951; died 11 August 2018, aged 67.

Last Word spoke his friend Francis McKee, writer and director of the Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow.

Neil Simon

Born 4 July 1927; died 26 August 2018, aged 91.

Last Word spoke to Matt Wolf, London theatre critic of The International New York Times.


Role Contributor
Presenter Julian Worricker
Interviewed Guest David Haughton
Interviewed Guest Kate Bush
Interviewed Guest Bill Swainson
Interviewed Guest Pauline Rudd
Interviewed Guest Francis McKee
Interviewed Guest Matt Wolf