I was chuffed to finally get to have a good long yarn with Bill Direen; to meet him even. We’d never met though we had corresponded. I had reached out to him a while back to podcast – and it was when he was in town during the tour that was captured for Simon Ogston’s documentary portrait. There was talk that some of our chat might have even made it into the film but I had to cancel due to a nasty dose of the winter flu.
Well, no problems this time – when Bill was up here recently he reached out to me and I was super-keen to record a chat. So we did. And here it is.
I’ve read some of Bill’s work – his book of lyrics, his experimental novels, the translations, the scholarship, essays, stories. And I’m a fan of his music – though there’s so much there for me to still get to.
He’s simply someone that I’ve always been aware of, fascinated by; this commitment to work – to turning up, and to doing it almost entirely away from the spotlight in fact. It’s about the work. Keeping steady, keeping sane.
We had a lovely chat – and it was my great pleasure to meet this scholar and gent. I hope you enjoy listening to our talk.