Kristofer Rodriguez Svonuson: “I don’t want to have things figured out”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions... Iceland is a place that leaves you frustratingly short of superlatives. You could write a separate ode to every inch of it. The first thing that hits you is the landscape. The second - an altogether different kind of discovery - is that … Continue reading Kristofer Rodriguez Svonuson: “I don’t want to have things figured out”

Cliewe Juritza: “I wanted to buy a skateboard…a Stasi man took me for an interrogation”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… With a social scene and population in persistent flux, Berlin always offers something different. But, however rapid its evolution, elephants remain in the room - the Wall perhaps the most obtrusive. As an expat idiot living in Berlin, I was assigned plenty of recommended … Continue reading Cliewe Juritza: “I wanted to buy a skateboard…a Stasi man took me for an interrogation”

James McInnes: “The tightest limitations produce the most creativity”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Recent weeks have seen the battle lines drawn – and traced over in heavy black marker –between the guardians of Sydney's nightlife and those who would see it strangled for the sake of corporate interests. It's creatives versus casinos. And the 15,000 strong crowd … Continue reading James McInnes: “The tightest limitations produce the most creativity”

Cat Hunter: “We shouldn’t need to say female. We should just say musicians.”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Cat Hunter is just about the most good natured person you'll meet. Altruistic, but with the passion and drive for it to mean something, she's heavily involved in helping reconnect isolated groups in society such as the homeless and the elderly. As a drummer, she's … Continue reading Cat Hunter: “We shouldn’t need to say female. We should just say musicians.”

Magdalena Wiegner: “My aim is to fill the streets with little details”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Magdalena Wiegner was the first friendly face I saw when I moved to Berlin in 2014. I spent a week in the vacant room of her Neukölln apartment. Magda is an artist. That much was clear from peeking through her doorway. Intricate sketches adorned … Continue reading Magdalena Wiegner: “My aim is to fill the streets with little details”

Omar Sakr: “There’s nothing minor in life”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Omar Sakr is that rarest of unicorns - a successful poet. Treating each word with care, he conjures images that are crisp and blooming. He's written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, and The Saturday Paper, among others. His work has also featured in Meanjin, … Continue reading Omar Sakr: “There’s nothing minor in life”

Minna Partanen: “You have to step over the shame every time you go on stage”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… You'll hear Minna Partanen before you see her, such is the carry of her voice. Once you see her, you're inclined to keep looking. Minna is a Finnish actor and theatre director with cropped, chameleonic hair. She never enters a room without a story, … Continue reading Minna Partanen: “You have to step over the shame every time you go on stage”

Will Kostakis: “I’m scared someone’s gonna Go Set A Watchman me”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… It's better not to compare yourself to Will Kostakis. His novels are bestsellers, earning fulsome cover quotes from the likes of Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi). His latest is due for release in March. The fact he's a full year younger than me makes me want … Continue reading Will Kostakis: “I’m scared someone’s gonna Go Set A Watchman me”

Nina Betts: “He immediately started showing me photos of his mother’s open casket funeral”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Nina is a natural storyteller with the best turn of phrase in the business. She's the kind of person who would make you feel inadequate by comparison at high school reunions. It would be totally inadvertent, of course. And you'd be enjoying the conversation … Continue reading Nina Betts: “He immediately started showing me photos of his mother’s open casket funeral”

Anke Grünow: “Catharsis can be dangerous”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Anke Grünow is a 27 year old writer/photographer/artist from Dresden, born in the faltering twilight of the GDR. She's always looking for a new angle of expression, and someone whose creative thirst I envy. She has also tried to kill herself. Twice. Are you able … Continue reading Anke Grünow: “Catharsis can be dangerous”

Bill Pearce: An Unknown Soldier

[July 2008] In the peak of the Austrian summer, exploration of Salzburg’s Altstadt proved to be everything I’ve come to expect of a traditional European city – narrow streets meandering through stone archways and rows of claustrophobia-inducing buildings ready to swallow you whole. Looming above, the Hohensalzburg Castle overlooks the fabled city and the Salzach … Continue reading Bill Pearce: An Unknown Soldier