The week started with a spread in 50th Anniversary of Sunday Times. Headlined On Their Marks, an exclusive glimpse inside the Olympic Stadium with the people who are making the games happen”. I sneaked into it. On a wet dark Monday night I lit up watching the film Town of Runners. It’s out in April. It’s brilliant.
On Tuesday I cycled the canal to Viewtube by the Olympics to discuss an exhibition I’ll be curating in March. Very exciting. And then on to Notting Hill Gate to speak with Baaba Maal about a gig we’re putting on in July. Tuesday night another of my random acts goes out to the nation. On Channel Four About two and a half million folks have seen them in all.
Wednesday I spend at Southbank centre. I meet Jonathon Drori to discuss a TED talk I’ll be giving in parliament in June. On Thursday at 8.30am I give an interview with Shan McClellan to discuss Imagine Children’s festival at Southbank Centre on BBC radio London and later that day I have a quick Skype conversation with composer Philip Miller about a project in South Africa.
On Thursday I chatted with artist Morag Myerscough talk about a future project together. Morag shows me the work she has created from the poems that came from my residency at Royal London Hospital. The poems are on the wall of the brand new Royal London hospital. That will be opened shortly.
On Friday I have a meeting at Soho Theatre with my gigs agent and bump into editor Francis Bickmore. And then I spend the best time of all hanging out in Soho with Caroline Bird who brings me next weeks issue of BEANO which features a story on it’s front cover which is inspired by her show The Trail of Dennis Menace which is on at Southbank Centre for Imagine next week.
And on Saturday The Journalist and I go see John Akomfrah’s film Nine Muses at Rio Cinema in Hackney. I meet him outside afterwards. I love his work and we regained a connection spanning fifteen years and three continents.