Interviews

This page gives links to interviews I have given in the past, for projects both in Scots and English – and in Gobblefunk forby!

Scots Warks: In conversation. Interview by Dr Michael Dempster, September 2021.

I was delighted to be asked to take part in Scots Warks, a project run by the Scots Language Centre to encourage literacy in Scots.

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Historical Thesaurus of Scots, interview by University of Glasgow press office, September 2015.

The Historical Thesaurus of Scots project began at the University of Glasgow in 2015, with myself as Director. The pilot website includes two sample categories (Weather and Sport) and gives more information on the aims of the project.

How to speak Gobblefunk
In 2016, as Editor of the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, I was invited to take part in the Blue Peter Roald Dahl Special (and thrilled to receive a Blue Peter badge!) Here is a short video that accompanied the show, with tips on creating Gobblefunk words.

www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/bp-how-to-speak-gobblefunk

Word of Mouth: Roald Dahl’s Language

As part of the Roald Dahl centenary year, I was honoured to be one of Michael Rosen’s guests on Word of Mouth, where we discussed Roald Dahl’s creative use of language and word play. First broadcast on 3 May 2016, BBC Radio 4.

www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b078y4ts

Newshour: Roald Dahl’s dictionary is scrumdiddlyumptious

Again as part of the Roald Dahl centenary, I was delighted to be interviewed by award-winning journalist Lyse Doucet – and to find out that we shared a love of Dahl’s creative use of language. First broadcast on Newshour, BBC World Service.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p03wldx9