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The Interview

Local writer and storyteller, George Murphy interviews local characters and personalities


Tristan Langlois

As lockdown prepares to unlock, Hebden Bridge storyteller and museum educator, Tristan Langlois is in the HebWeb spotlight.

Read about past and present pleasures, fell running, his early jobs and his current role at the prestigious Royal Armouries. Even more importantly, Tristan is Chairman of Hebden’s famous Shaggydog Storytellers!

The son of Anglo-French parents, he discusses his early years spent in France and Wales. Tristan explains how his love of storytelling has fed into his work

Read George Murphy's interview with Tristan Langlois', and questions and answers.


Nicola Jones

Nicola shares her experiences as an ally of gay friends; recounts tales of prejudice and abuse during the early years of the Aids pandemic; describes the excitement of growing up during the 1980s Manchester music boom, her favourite bands and records; why she moved to Hebden Bridge - and plans to stay here; her work with Hebden Civic Trust; what lockdown has been like for a single person living on her own; her favourite places to hang out, and much, much more.

Read Nicola Jones' interview, and questions and answers.


Benjamin Myers

Award winning novelist Benjamin Myers, lives in Mytholmroyd with his wife, novelist Adelle Stripe.

His novels include The Offing and The Gallows Pole, which won the Walter Scott Prize.

Ben describes his early start as a writer, playing in a band, music journalism, the influence of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, his reaction to Lockdown, the scope and theme of his new short story collection, and much more.

Read Benjamin Myers's interview, and questions and answers.


Kate Lycett

Hebden Bridge artist Kate Lycett is well known for her captivating portrayals of Hebden Bridge and its surrounding towns, villages and countryside. In the latest HebWeb Interview, she describes growing up in Suffolk, her time as a fine art student, her early employment and how she rediscovered her true vocation.

Kate discusses her latest project, explains the lasting influence of textile design on her style, how she is coping with lockdown and why the Pennines inspire her work. Thanks to readers for suggesting some of Kate's questions.

Read Kate Lycett's interview, and questions and answers.


Peter Riley

Writer Peter Riley shares childhood memories of wartime bombings, homemade entertainment and the first time he met his father. He explains how teachers inspired his love of poetry and travel.

His many occupations have included encyclopaedia researcher, language tutor and bookseller. Peter reflects on free improvisation, moving north, Parkinson’s Disease, the lure of Hebden Bridge and where he’d like to eat after lockdown.

He is the author of more than twenty publications, has been poetry editor for the Fortnightly Review since 2012, and the recipient of the Cholmondeley Prize ‘for achievement and distinction in poetry’. Since moving to the area his Due North (2015) was shortlisted for The Forward Prize and a two volume Collected Poems (2018) was also published by Shearsman.

Read Peter Riley's interview, and questions and answers.


Chris Green

Chris Green OBE is the driving force behind White Ribbon UK. Find out about his inspirational, action packed life: his decade of communal living, his work for Co-ops and community businesses, his times in Finland, Derry, Palestine, Brick Lane, Grunswick - and on anti fascist marches. The Q&A reveals his hobbies and interests, the ideology behind his campaigns, the ups and downs of living in the Pennines and which records he'd choose on a desert island. Also, how HB compares with Tod!

Read Chris Green's interview, and questions and answers.


Bryony Mylroie-Smith

Meet a highly educated, super fit, much travelled, born and bred Hebden Bridge woman, who set up a successful business, had a child and then had to deal with COVID!

A story for our times to continue the series of The HebWeb Interview into 2021.

Read Bryony Mylroi Smith's questions and answers.


Malcolm Struthers

The story of a recent offcumden: Malcolm describes what attracted him and his husband to Hebden Bridge, the team work involved in Happy Valley Pride and the Film Festival, why he changed careers, his hero, a dog rescue, love for running and Iceland and much more!

Read Malcolm Struthers's questions and answers.


Andrew Bibby

Andrew Bibby has lived in Hebden Bridge for over 30 years and has certainly made his mark, not least for having been a key member of the team that led to the rebuilding of the Town Hall. Andrew tells George Murphy of his interest in walking, running, singing with choirs and the Community Land Trust. As a journalist and author, Andrew's works include books about the English landscape and outdoors and, recently, a trilogy of crime fiction titles set in the Lake District.

Read Andrew Bibby's questions and answers.


Mary Agnes Krell

Professor Mary Krell is Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Media, Film and Music at Sussex University. In normal times, she commutes each week from Mytholm to the south coast. She's also, in non-Covid times, producer and director of the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF) which attracts visitors and performers from across the world.

Read Mary Agnes Krell's questions and answers.


John Billingsley

A tale of a writer and offcumden, expelled from school, rebellious in Essex and Paris, of a boat and three ladies - one of them an iron one - of escapes to Mytholmroyd, Japan and Hebden Bridge; a man wrapt in nature, libraries, magazines and music …

Read John Billingsley's questions and answers.


Heather Wilson, (also known as H)

I was born in London, adopted at 17 months old, moved to Warwick for 10 years, then back to London again, to the Lucy Clayton Modelling School.

I left London in 1993 to do my Art Degree in Ipswich, Suffolk.

23 years on, I have my Shop/Studio upstairs in Bridge Mill, above Innovations in St. George's Square, where I paint bespoke water colour pictures which tell the client's life story.

Read Heather Wilson's questions and answers.


Marco Nizzardo - I was born very little in 1970 in Florence, where I grew up my first 10 years.

My English mother came from Guernsey. Father had a restaurant called The Sword, near Piazza Santa Maria Novella. We moved north in the 80s, near Milano. Father had a restaurant called il Passatore after a famous Italian brigand (the Italian Robin Hood, who used to rob the rich, full stop).

Read Marco's questions and answers.


Amanda and Debbie Elwen Amanda and Debbie have worked in the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls sector for 25 years and are the founders of the first EVAWG Hub in the UK. Debbie was recently identified as one of the most influential women in the UK for her work and Amanda sits on the board for Women's Aid National. Read their questions and answers.