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Thursday, 18 January 2018


(2 of 12 Posts)

The Pivot Questionnaire comprises 10 questions. I have seen it used on the television show Inside The Actor's Studio, presented by James Lipton. Apparently Proust was the original inspiration. The modern questions originated on a French TV show called Bouillon de Culture, hosted by Bernard Pivot. I have expanded the questions to 12.

(For the time being, this idea is restricted to Northern Ireland's creative artists in any field, literature, music, broadcasting, etc. If you are one and are interested in taking part as well as promoting your work, please get in touch via

This post's special guest in Colin Dardis who is one of Eyewear Publishing's Best New British and Irish Poets 2016, and recently an ACES 2015-16 recipient from Arts Council of Northern Ireland. His work has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and USA. A collection with Eyewear is forthcoming in 2018. Colin also co-runs Poetry NI and is the online editor for Lagan Press. 

… a place where every story matters …

Colin's website is


What is your favourite word? - Salubrious
What is your least favourite word? – Anything blasphemous
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? – Enthusiasm, creativity, humour
What turns you off? – Trolling, rampant egotism, nepotism
What is your favourite song? Lover, You Should Have Come Over by Jeff Buckley
What is your favourite film? The Big Lebowski
What is your favourite curse word? - Feck
What sound or noise do you love? – My wife’s laughter
What sound or noise do you hate? – Any sound while I’m trying to read or get to sleep
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – Host of a Radio 4 discussion/panel show
What profession would you not like to do? – Teacher (it’s absolutely exhausting and bless all of them for persisting)
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? – I believe Heaven does exist, I don’t know if there are gates, but ‘Welcome’ would be a good start.

Colin Dardis, thank you for your dozen answers to a dozen questions.

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Previous guest: Mandy Bingham, singer/songwriter 17 January 2018

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