Andrew was in the chair on Sunday pushing the boundaries of community radio with his controversial style and highbrow intellectual musings. We had two guests of Ukrainian descent making it Leith Tonight’s first ever Ukraine night.
First up with was Dmytro Drozdovskyi. While Andrew struggled with his name the interview was one of the most fascinating we’ve had on the show. At just 22 Dmytro is an expert on English literature and is head of the department of critism of the Ukrainian magazine of world literature VSESVIT amongst many other things. He was in our studio to promote a reading of Janet Paisley’s poems from Alien Crop in the original English and his Ukrainian translation at the Henderson Gallery. He spoke eloquently and passionately about his love for language and poetry and what our two cultures have in common. His inspiration words will not be forgotten.
We had a quick phone interview with this one man joke machine. He was promoting his current UK tour which has seen him enjoying all the best service stations this country has to offer. He is performing his current show , Milton Paradise Jones, at the Stand, Edinburgh on Tuesday 20th of October. He also has a DVD out so he’s a very busy funnyman. Here he is in action.
Edinburgh based composer and pianist was our second Dmytro of the evening. He was in to talk about Holodomor: A Portrait of Evil. This film is an artistic collaboration commemorating the Holodomor but still searching for wider distribution. Dmytro was gracious enough to educate us about this engineered and still controversial famine which took place in Ukraine in 1932-1933. The film shows a live performance by Dmytro combined with film and dance. He also talked to us about some of his other work and collaborations with other artists. We look forward to welcoming him back sometime soon so we can play some of his compositions.