Conversations


“These audio excerpts from the conversations are necessarily brief, but are frequently moving and provide fascinating insights into their artistic and life experiences. I apologise for the varied and often poor sound quality — they are not airbrushed in a studio.”

Author Antony Jeffrey says:

In my book Many Faces of Inspiration I have examined the creative processes and achievements of many leading artists and people involved in the arts. Each chapter in the book is based on extensive conversations I have recorded with an individual or sometimes with two or more colleagues.

Most of these conversations were recorded in the last two years but many are much older, dating back to 2002. I should make it plain they are not interviews; they lack the organised questioning and structure of most interviews. Rather they are discursive conversations where I have tried to explore the feelings, memories and insights these remarkable people have about their lives and work.

The trouble is that each chapter only begins to tap the depth and creativity of each subject person. Accordingly I feel that the reader should have the extra benefit of direct access to some of the most meaningful (or in some cases most entertaining) sections of the conversations. Hearing the voices of each person, the inflections and emphases on significant words and phrases, adds greatly to the understanding, far beyond the written word.

These excerpts from the conversations are necessarily brief, but are frequently moving and provide fascinating insights into their artistic and life experiences. I apologise for the varied and often poor sound quality – they are not airbrushed in a studio. Most conversations were recorded  in sitting rooms, verandahs, work places and odd locations with many extraneous noises and background activity.