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Industry Arts
Occupation Writer
Location London, United Kingdom
Introduction Words for, with and about music. Current projects include libretto for choral commission for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for composer Roxanna Panufnik & libretto for Wilde-based youth opera 'The Happy Princess' for Garsington 2019 with composer Paul Fincham. New novel 'Odette' just out (published by Unbound). Journalism for BBC Music Magazine, The Sunday Times, etc. Please note that JDCMB is my personal blog. By reading JDCMB you agree to its cookies. Contact via message to my public Facebook page (NB I rarely respond to PR pitches for JDCMB.)
Interests Books, music, ballet, theatre, cinema, playing the piano, cooking, travelling.
Favorite Movies Les enfants du Paradis, La Strada, The Lives of Others, Apocalypse Now, Cinema Paradiso, Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Zelig, Un Coeur en Hiver, Heimat, most Eric Rohmer, most Louis Malle, pretty much all the Ealing Comedies and a lot of Powell & Pressburger.
Favorite Music Classical from 16th to 21st centuries. World music & jazz in many permutations. Secret passions include Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, the Beatles and REM. Championing women composers in particular, including Fanny Mendelssohn, Pauline Viardot, Lili Boulanger, Elizabeth Maconchy, 'Poldowski' and many others.
Favorite Books Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Possession by A.S. Byatt, First Love by Ivan Turgenev, Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, everything by Vladimir Nabokov, The Road Home by Rose Tremain, 26A by Diana Evans, Music and Silence by Rose Tremain, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, Immigrant Blues (poems) by Goran Simic

The squish of mud between your toes; how would you live your life as a frog?

Very happily, preferably in the south of Frogland!