Interviews

An Artist of Hope: Angeline Braidwood talks to Emma Skeet about positive agents of change

An Artist of Hope: Angeline Braidwood talks to ...

"My passion and my energy is to inspire people to make a difference,” Emma Skeet tells me on a sunny afternoon in her garden. We are sitting under a homemade pergola. The chairs are vintage and upholstered with her great aunt’s bedspreads, and the table we sit at was a gift to Emma from her son, made from a reclaimed door and filled with shells. Emma’s life is surrounded by art – the salvaged, upcycled and pre-loved. She was inspired by her artist parents to make a difference and, looking back over her career to date, there is no doubt that everything she has done has been in pursuit of making the world a better place. Norfolk-based art activist Emma Skeet has just made the leap from being employed to working for herself and entirely for the benefit of the planet. Her community interest company Systa (Share Your Story Through...

An Artist of Hope: Angeline Braidwood talks to Emma Skeet about positive agents of change

"My passion and my energy is to inspire people to make a difference,” Emma Skeet tells me on a sunny afternoon in her garden. We are sitting under a homemade...

Alice Ellerby speaks to space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Alice Ellerby speaks to space scientist Maggie ...

Maggie Aderin-Pocock is an award-winning scientist. She has had a fascination with space for as long as she can remember and one of her earliest dreams – which she still hopes to fulfil – was to travel to space. Over the course of her career, she has spoken to over 400,000 schoolchildren to share her love of space, inspire the next generation of scientists, and to give all children, no matter what their interests, an awareness of science and the critical role it plays in enabling humans to make good decisions about the way we live on Earth and how we take care of our planet. In her latest book, Am I Made of Stardust?, Maggie answers some of the brilliant questions children have asked her over the years as a way of introducing young readers to the Universe, our solar system, and human space exploration. The book is fascinating,...

Alice Ellerby speaks to space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Aderin-Pocock is an award-winning scientist. She has had a fascination with space for as long as she can remember and one of her earliest dreams – which she still...

An interview with artisan growers at The Wild Zinnia

An interview with artisan growers at The Wild Z...

Just over 18 months ago, The Wild Zinnia moved on to a plot at The Elms Farm, on the outskirts of Bristol, 50 metres from the JUNO office. Before then, three shipping containers sat on this modest patch of partially tarmacked land. Now it flourishes with beautiful, fragrant British flowers grown for the ever-expanding sustainable cut flower market. This is all thanks to the hard work of Debs and Roz, two friends who set up the business during lockdown. It all started on an allotment in Bristol. Debs and Roz have adjacent patches where they had been growing vegetables for years. At the end of one growing season, they experimented with growing chrysanthemums, dahlias and zinnias for the first time, and fell in love with their intricacies. They wondered whether they might be able to sell them, and found there was real interest in flowers that had been grown locally...

An interview with artisan growers at The Wild Zinnia

Just over 18 months ago, The Wild Zinnia moved on to a plot at The Elms Farm, on the outskirts of Bristol, 50 metres from the JUNO office. Before then,...