The Artist Gill Erskine-Hill

CSM INTERVIEWS Gill Erskine-Hill has been painting for 35 years in a variety of locations, being fortunate enough to live and work in Devon, Scotland, Norfolk and the Dordogne area of South West France. Following a move back to Devon, she is re-experiencing the beauty and diversity of this part of Britain and drawing inspiration from the people and landscape there. Most of Gill’s early work … Continue reading The Artist Gill Erskine-Hill

The Stained Glass Artist

Country Squire Magazine’s Dom Wightman interviews Andrew Fitzsimmons, the talented stained glass artist. Born in 1978 at the start of the ‘punk era’ in London, Andrew spent his early childhood on Mersea Island, near Colchester. Andrew has one daughter, Lilly, who’s also an artist and he lives in Southend.  Dom: How long have you been an artist? Andy: I come from an artistic family of, painters, … Continue reading The Stained Glass Artist

The Holly Rose Interview

BY ANASTASIA CHOO It’s a warm sunny afternoon and I am sitting in an idyllic converted church chapel in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside in the delightful company of singer and song writer Holly Rose. Holly was the lead singer of platinum selling band Semisane in South Africa in 2004 followed by a successful solo career in the UK and two outstanding album releases.  … Continue reading The Holly Rose Interview

Interview with a Master Weaver

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Ask anyone what the word “tapestry” means and the chances are that they’ll talk about old and grandiose designs that are metres long and wide, which the aristocracy often used to keep out the draft. Nowadays the need for tapestries to keep out draughts in a large hall has disappeared but the weaving of tapestries did not die in medieval times and … Continue reading Interview with a Master Weaver

Jonaya

Considering what the mainstream media says about him, why on earth would a 21 year old mixed race girl want to march alongside Tommy Robinson in a Unite Against Hate march? On the other hand, why not? Here, Country Squire Magazine asks Jonaya, a participant in the recent Manchester March, about her motivations, opinions on Robinson and about how the UK Government is reacting to the … Continue reading Jonaya

Tom Gallagher’s England Possessed

Tom Gallagher was an academic for over thirty years, specialising on conflicts of nationalism and ways of reducing their velocity. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Bradford. He lives in Edinburgh and has written 14 single-authored books. Among the most recent was ‘Scotland Now: A Warning to the World (2015). Here Country Squire Magazine’s Dominic Wightman interviews Tom about his … Continue reading Tom Gallagher’s England Possessed

The Extraordinary Brendan Stone

Professor Brendan Stone is certainly extraordinary. Now in his fifties, Brendan is a Senior Academic Fellow at The University of Sheffield. This is quite a turnaround for a man who at 14 became extremely mentally ill, at 19 was in a mental hospital, at 20 became a suicide survivor and at 23 became homeless. For two decades Brendan lived what he describes as a hard … Continue reading The Extraordinary Brendan Stone

The Mr Fishfinger Interview

BY JON ALEXANDER “He didn’t sound like a Fishfinger” was the message I sent to my friend on Facebook.  Having just finished a telephone interview with Westmorland and Lonsdale’s newest Parliamentary Candidate – Mr Fishfinger – that was all I could think to say.  He’d been ever so kind to give Country Squire Magazine this exclusive opportunity, so I did not hesitate in dropping him … Continue reading The Mr Fishfinger Interview

Rural Homelessness Interview

Country Squire’s rural homelessness campaign continues with an interview by the magazine’s Dominic Wightman of a homeless lady who currently lives day to day and hand to mouth in a tent with her dog. She’s bright, she’s eloquent, she’s brave and really she shouldn’t be homeless in 21st Century Britain; in the sixth richest country on earth. But she is. Why? What is going wrong … Continue reading Rural Homelessness Interview