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Thursday, 13 September 2018


Earlier this year, I ran a series of questionnaires with creative people from Northern Ireland. I am so grateful to each and every one that took part. The motive? To attract visitors to my blog, to provide links to anything participants want to promote and to enjoy the answers to the 12 questions.

I am developing the next list of invitees and hope to share their comments on here in due course.

For the time being, I am sticking with my interest in Northern Ireland connections.

In the meantime, here's the premise and a list of the kindly souls who took part in the last series.

(Search the blog for individual answers).

If anyone would like to take part, please copy/paste the questions, add your answers and any promotional links and send to And thank you one and all.


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

The 12 questions:

1. What is your favourite word?

2. What is your least favourite word?

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 

4. What turns you off?

5. What is your favourite song?

6. What is your favourite film? 

7. What is your favourite curse word?

8. What sound or noise do you love?

9. What sound or noise do you hate? 

10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 

11. What profession would you not like to do?

12. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Here's a list of the people featured in the previous series. Use the search box to read their answers.

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 cMMahon – 29 January 2018
Broadcaster Kathy Clugston – 30 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Brigid O’Neill – 31 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Stephen Dunwoody – 1 February 2018
Writer Colin Breen – 2 February 2018
Singer Mairead Healy – 3 February 2018
Harpist/comedian Ursula Burns – 5 February 2018
Actor Charlie Lawson - 6 February 2018
Singer/songwriter Simon Murphy - 7 February 2018
Singer/songwriter Anthony Toner - 8 February
Radio presenter Stephen Clements – 2 March 2018

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