Max Scratchmann will talk about the grim realities of “living the dream” on a desert island.

Ouch!  This strikes close to home.  Alan and Rose, and Rose’s daughter Emily, entertain a fond dream of someday heading off to Orkney Big Island for ever. But Max may have a few words to say about this……

Here’s the review of Max’s book “Chucking it All”, from [Evil Website We Do Not Discuss that Kills Small Publishers]:

‘Named one of the twelve best travel books of 2009 by Worldhum, Chucking It All exposes the gritty reality behind all those twee bestsellers which extol the joys of sunny rural idylls. With its remorseless true-life account of downshifting to a remote Scottish island, Chucking It All uncovers the frightening realities of relocating to “a magical island lost in the mists of time” as you follow the warts-and-all adventures of urban misanthrope, Max Scratchmann, as he valiantly tries to forge a new life in the windswept Orkney islands, and grumbles his way through unending winters with eighteen-hour nights, nocturnal visits from drunken farmers and booty calls from desperate divorcees. From struggling to fit in as a temporary postman in a wilderness where houses don’t display numbers or names, to attending drunken country ceilidhs with the island singles’ club, or finding himself up to the neck in local politics while performing in the village pantomime, Chucking It All is an urbanite’s nightmare and one of the most hilarious books that you will read this year. Irreverent, sarcastic and bitingly caustic, Chucking It All still manages to be a grudgingly affectionate portrait of rural life through the eyes of a cynical outsider, and is one of the truest accounts of “living the dream” ever published. “Does for downshifting what Lewinsky did for Clinton – only much funnier…”   ‘

Okay that was from  (*sob*) Amazon.  It’s only proper to cite the source.  But they are still awful to small presses.

Max joins Two Rivers original show, ‘Stairwell Books Presents:’. This interview kicks off  right after we replay The Poetry Show podcast “SEASONS”, as produced and edited by Adam Talieti, as a production of Eden Agency, Knaresborough.

Ask York. (Coming soon!)

What is Ask York?  Well – first ask yourself “What are the burning issues affecting York today?”

Ask York is a brand new show coming to Two Rivers Radio in 2018 that seeks to discuss this question by raising issues with an expert panel and maybe even come up with some answers – all while enjoying a drink and perhaps a bite to eat.

The very first edition will be recorded at Angel on the Green from 8pm on Wednesday 24th January.  Please join our live audience and bring a question for our panel!  There is seating for around 30 – so please arrive in good time to avoid disappointment.

Pete Kilbane, indie businessman and community activist will be your host and our chair.

The panel will include:

Kate Pickett – Professor of Epidemiology, University Champion for Research on Justice and Equality, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health;
University of York (also co-author of The Spirit Level: Why more equal societies almost always do better

Paul Healey – Conservative councilor for 8 years up to 2015 and Deputy Group Leader. Small business owner.

Helen Graham – Helen has been working on the My Castle Gateway project and teaches Heritage Studies at the University of Leeds.

Jonny Crawshaw

The show will not be broadcast live, but will be recorded and broadcast the following Monday 29th at 2pm. You will be able to listen to the broadcast here: www.tworiversradio.stream – and we will be archiving the show on this website, too.

The recording will begin at 8:30 and last for approximately 1 hour.

Each month, we will put together a panel of local politicians, journalists, campaigners, business-people, academics and experts in all manner of fields to be quizzed by a live audience.

This is your opportunity to ask questions of those in the City that are making and affecting the decisions we as a community all have to live with and to hear all sides of many contentious debates.

It would be great if those who wish to come and ask a question contact the show in advance so that we have an idea of numbers. If you could also indicate the topic that you wish to discuss (not necessarily the specific question) that would be very useful: email – tworiversradio@gmail.com

Although the recording begins at 8:30, you are welcome to arrive early. The Angel on the Green has a wonderful menu (available until 8pm) and a cosy bar serving an excellent range of hot and cold drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. There will also be time after the recording for audience and panel members to mingle and further discuss the topics raised.

So whether you have a question about housing, business rates, students, alcohol licencing, local services, health, education, road maintenance, recycling, benefits, green economy, use of public space, development of brownfield sites, universal credit, redevelopment, creating a Yorkshire Assembly, employment, Coney Street, making better use of the river, tourism, cultural diversity, equality or anything else — please get in touch.

tworiversradio@gmail.com
www.tworiversradio.stream

Two Rivers Radio is a not-for-profit oganisation run exclusively by volunteers. If you like what we’re doing and would like to show your support further than attending the event, or maybe you’d like to get involved – please ‘like’ our page, comment on posts, invite your friends and find us on Twitter/Instagram @TwoRiversRadio

We hope to see a great turn-out at our inaugural Ask York.

Cheers

The Two Rivers team

Stairwell Books Presents gets Edinburgh visitor Max Scratchmann!

Rose and Alan are delighted to welcome Max Scratchmann on Monday 22 January. Little did Rose know that when she put out a call for writers to come and chat – whether self-published, or never published, or Stairwell or non-Stairwell – that Max would ask if he could stop by. Yes!

Max is a well-known British writer and illustrator. His poems and short stories have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, and he co-runs the Edinburgh performance poetry company, Poetry Circus.

He is the author of 16 books, including the award-winning autobiography about Scottish jute workers in India, The Last Burrah Sahibs, and the unintentionally controversial account of downshifting in the Scottish islands, Chucking It All. [Rose plans to ask about this!]

Max lives in Edinburgh and is a regular performer at the Festival Fringe as well as having been seen at the Glasgow Comedy Festival, the Imaginate Festival, the Celtic Mystery Festival, the Merchant City Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, the Hidden Door Festival and many more…

“Poetry Circus has become one of the bigger players in Edinburgh’s spoken word scene” – The Scotsman

So, please join us on Monday, the 22nd, between 1pm and 2pm: and listen again once the show has been archived by Jez and Declan.

Rose & Alan

Electronooky!

Our very own Jez Russell will be spinning the very best in Electroswing this Saturday night  (and the second Saturday of every month this year) at the Nook, York.

There will be great, toe-tapping tunes, £4 cocktails, great people and top vibes.

If this video doesn’t whet your whistle  –  get yourselves down there anyway  –  it’s going to be a corker!

If you're undecided about coming to The Nook tomorrow night for drinks, dancing and electroswing – maybe this video will persuade you!? (either way) 😛 https://www.facebook.com/events/147464112639945/created by Mark Chandler of HMGW – Thanks Mark!(Video taken at Two Rivers Radio fundraiser gig – at the Corner Pin, 12/11/17)

Posted by Jez Russell on Friday, 12 January 2018

 

Video courtesy of Mark Chandler & HMGW  (recorded at Two Rivers Radio’s fundraiser at the Corner Pin on 12/11/17)

If you love music, gaming or wrestling check them out and give them a ‘like’.

Join the Audience for Ask York.

What is Ask York? Well – first ask yourself ‘”What are the burning issues affecting York today?”

Ask York is a brand new show for Two Rivers Radio in 2018 that seeks to discuss many of the pressing questions facing the city today – by raising the issues with an expert panel.  The panel will bring answers, raise new questions and perhaps even come up with some solutions!  –  all while enjoying a drink and maybe a bite to eat.

Two Rivers Radio welcomes you to be part of the Ask York audience at The Angel on the Green from 8pm on Wednesday 24th January.

There is seating for around 30 – so please arrive in good time to avoid disappointment.

The show will not be broadcast live, but will be recorded and broadcast the following Monday 29th at 2pm. You will be able to listen to the broadcast here: www.tworiversradio.stream – and we will be archiving the show on the website, too.

The recording will begin at 8:30 and last for approximately 1 hour.

Each month, we will put together a panel of local politicians, journalists, campaigners, business-people, academics and experts in all manner of fields to be quizzed by a live audience.

The host and panel are for the 24th are yet to be confirmed, but as we get confirmations we will be updating the event so watch this space!

This is your opportunity to ask questions of those in the City that are making and affecting the decisions we as a community all have to live with and to hear all sides of many contentious debates.

It would be great if those who wish to come and ask a question contact the show in advance so that we have an idea of numbers. If you could also indicate the topic that you wish to discuss (not necessarily the specific question) that would be very useful: email – tworiversradio@gmail.com

Although the recording begins at 8:30, you are welcome to arrive early. The Angel on the Green has a wonderful menu (available until 8pm) and a cosy bar serving an excellent range of hot and cold drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. There will also be time after the recording for audience and panel members to mingle and further discuss the topics raised.

So whether you have a question about housing, business rates, students, alcohol licencing, local services, health, education, road maintenance, recycling, benefits, green economy, use of public space, development of brownfield sites, universal credit, redevelopment, creating a Yorkshire Assembly, employment, Coney Street, making better use of the river, tourism, cultural diversity, equality or anything else — please get in touch.

tworiversradio@gmail.com
www.tworiversradio.stream

Two Rivers Radio is a not-for-profit oganisation run exclusively by volunteers. If you like what we’re doing and would like to show your support further than attending the event, or maybe you’d like to get involved – please ‘like’ our page, comment on posts, invite your friends and find us on Twitter/Instagram @TwoRiversRadio

We hope to see a great turn-out at our inaugural Ask York.

Cheers

The Two Rivers team

Welcome to Two Rivers Radio – 2018!

We’re back!! After a skeleton schedule on Christmas Day and a 1 day hiatus on New Years Day – Two Rivers Radio is broadcasting again every Monday between midday and 11pm – live and loud from our pop-up studio at The corner pin.

Tune in from midday today for 11 hours or fantastic community radio. There are beats to lively up yourselves, words and melody to sooth your souls, talk and discussion to make you think and so much more beyond!

Listen live here: www.tworiversradio.stream (make sure to take a look at our shiny new schedule!)

Midday – 1pm – The Lunchtime Rush with Declan Minskip
#thelunchtimerush #liveandloud

1pm – 2pm – The Poetry Show hosted by two of the Podcast Poets Rose Drew & Alan Gillott
Today’s special guest in the second half of the hour will be Pauline Kirk
#poetry #poetrycommunity

2pm -3pm – Black York with Fasil Demsash
This is a brand new fortnightly programme for 2018. Fasil will discuss an interrogate many of the issues facing the growing multicultural, BAME community in the city. The show will be a celebration of our exciting diversity and how it will enrich York’s culture.

3pm – 4pm – Paul Coull returns with the Soul Hour
Expect a superb selection of soul classics, old and new from Two Rivers Radio’s very own #SoulMan.

4pm – 5pm – Upside Your Mind
Every week we bring you a fresh and uplifting mix from this sensational York DJ. A veritable mezze of beats, genres, melodies and dance-moves can be expected during this hour!

5pm – 7pm – Dave Harper & Steve Brooks a.k.a Catch A Fire
The City of York’s Reggae, Dub and Dancehall aficionados take over the Two Rivers studio with 2 hours of solid good vibes.
#MoreFiyah

7pm – 8pm – HMGW
Mark Chandler presents another edition of HMGW, which once a month brings together thrilling mix of local music and wrestling. Today his guests will be Jimbo Doomface Music & Dominic David Todd.

8pm – 9pm – Off the Radar
Another brand new show in 2018 – Nigel Daniel Finburg a.k.a Chalkie to Yorkie delves into the early days of Rock ‘n Roll. He’ll be playing ‘Off the Radar’ tracks from the birth of contemporary music until the modern day.

9pm – 11pm – Cowboys From Hell on #TRR
The Cowboys today will actually be the Cowboy as Stephen Allanis on his hols. Do not fear though as Jim Hornby (#BlackDog) will be in the studio bringing you the greatest, the loudest, the heaviest in rock and metal to close the day.

Two Rivers Radio is operated by a dedicated team of fantastic volunteers who give up their time to produce interesting, different, hyper-local and fiercely independent radio for the people of York.

If you would like to know more, would like to get involved or would like to show your support please visit www.tworiversradio.stream

To those of you that have been with us form the beginning, thank you. …and to those who have only found us today, welcome – we hope you will enjoy what we do and look forward to creating some wonderful radio for you in 2018.

#communityradio #York