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Thursday, 1 February 2018



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 is Stephen Dunwoody who divides his time between music and journalism. He plays blues and soul and has a very distinctive singing and playing style. His album Nina and Me is due out in Spring 2018 inspired by his great love for Nina Simone.

I blogged about his album Trouble In Mind and here is the link:

Here is a link to the song that introduced me to Stephen. (It blew my mind!)

Stephen’s website is


1. What is your favourite word? Dude

2. What is your least favourite word? Can't 

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? It’s strings and oboe

4. What turns you off?

5. What is your favourite song?
Help by The Beatles

6. What is your favourite film?
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

7. What is your favourite curse word? 
Aw crap

8. What sound or noise do you love?

9. What sound or noise do you hate?
Barking dog

10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Librarian or pen maker

11. What profession would you not like to do? Banking
12. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Hi dude”

Stephen Dunwoody, thank you for your dozen answers to a dozen questions.

Previous posts:
Singer/songwriter Mandy Bingham – 17 January 2018
Poet Colin Dardis – 18 January 2018
Writer & Independent Researcher Anne-Marie Quigg – 19 January 2018
Broadcaster Gerry Kelly - 20 January 2018
Writer George Larmour – 22 January 2018
Journalist/writer Geoff Hill – 23 January 2018
Singer/Songwriter Janet Henry - 24 January 2018
Broadcaster Lynette Fay - 25 January 2018
Actor Michael Smiley – 26 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Paddy Nash – 27 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Edelle McMahon – 29 January 2018
Broadcaster Kathy Clugston – 30 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Brigid O’Neill – 31 January 2018

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