5 Questions for Wayne Imms

Wayne has been involved with radio presentation and production for nearly twenty-five years. He has produced various BBC Radio 2 documentaries, covering Lionel Richie, Star Trek, Star Wars, Badly Drawn Boy and Oscar winning composer and arranger Anne Dudley. His interviewees include Leonard Nimoy, Tracey Emin, Stephen Fry, Pete Townshend and the Scissor Sisters. Wayne is also the founder and Creative Director of The Space (Southern Performance and Creative Energies); Brighton’s unique regular Brighton based arts and entertainment event. The Space features a line-up of highly successful special guest interviewees. Previous guests include acclaimed actor David Morrissey, musician William Orbit, comedian Frank Skinner, film director Sir Alan Parker, writer Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who) and playwright Bonnie Greer.

What was the last book you read?

The last book that I read was The Fry Chronicles, the second volume of Stephen Fry’s autobiography. It really was very much an interesting read; very honest and revealing. The book charts his life and work until the early eighties. I’m keen for the next installment.

Which book would you recommend to a younger version of you that hadn’t yet read it?

What springs to mind, to answer this question, is the novel of The Exorcist. The film is one of my favourites, although the novel is even better! It’s compelling stuff. The novel, by William Peter Blatty, was first published forty years ago, May 1971.

What was the first book you remember having a big impact on you as a child?

To be honest, I can’t really answer this. As a child, I was never a big reader. I was very much into comics and film and TV magazines.

What, in your opinion, has been the single greatest technological advancement for communication of the last ten years?

Again, I’m afraid this is a bit of a tricky one for me, as I’ve not really been one to particularly embrace new technology, such as gadgets like iPhones, etc. However, if it may count, I would certainly say the internet, which has so transformed my life.


Throughout your career who has been the most interesting person you have interviewed? Why?

This is a difficult one to answer. I’ve interviewed so many interesting people over the last twenty years. People who spring to mind include veteran filmmaker Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night, Help, Superman), an engaging and a highly articulate chap; Damon Gough, that’s Badly Drawn Boy, who I got on particularly well with; and Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons. I remember his passion and warmth.

Wayne will be at WORDfest for the Report, Discuss, Promote panel on Wednesday 6th at 7.30pm at The Hawth.

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