Daily inspiration

One of the things I most look forward to each working day is the next instalment of the weekly Essential Classics interviews on BBC Radio 3.

I first discovered them several years ago during my time as editor of Jewellery Focus magazine, when artist-goldsmith Kevin Coates appeared on the programme shortly after I had interviewed him myself. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Enlightening, insightful and thought-provoking, as well as entertaining, I suspect that anyone interested in the arts, society, politics and/or philosophy will find something or someone to inspire if they tune in. Lovers of classical music will especially enjoy the interviews, as each guest also shares his or her favourite pieces.

Most recently, I listened (and have relistened, online) to the interview with author Sarah Perry. I had heard of Sarah’s second novel, The Essex Serpent, published last year, and made a mental note to add it to my reading list, but beyond that I knew very little about her.

Listening to her speak, I’m particularly struck by her lucidity – a quality few writers possess, being always more comfortable with the written word. Her comments on learning to write, being a female writer, and those curious little continuities we all experience in life have given me much food for thought as I go about each day.

The interview with Sarah is available for the next 20 days or so, but even if you have missed out on that particular one, do keep an eye on the Essential Classics homepage to see who is coming up next!