Interviews

I’ve done hundreds of interviews with the famous and the not-so-famous. I do my best to try to ask the questions that anybody would ask if they had access to these subjects. So I do lots of research and present in-depth portraits, conscious that any interview can only skim the surface and be a snapshot of a person’s thoughts and feelings on that day, on that date.

If you want to check out a (partial) list of the hundreds of interviews I’ve done over the years, please take a look.


He is the very model of a modern Israel advocate

For the JC Jan 2020 by Jenni Frazer On Richard Kemp’s Twitter biography are the words “Keep attacking” — a mantra which could sum up this military man’s life. He is an anomaly in British society, a soldier down to his bootstraps, who uses every public platform he can to speak well of the Israel […]

  • 16 January, 2020

Devastated Smeeth is still ready for a fight

Ruth Smeeth for JN December 2019 The former Labour MP Ruth Smeeth, who lost her Stoke North seat to her Conservative opponent last week, has said she is “devastated” by the result, not for herself but for her constituents. And she said: “I beg everyone in the Jewish community to join the Jewish Labour Movement […]

  • 2 January, 2020

How to be a genius

Norman Lebrecht by Jenni Frazer for JC September 19 2019 It is, says Norman Lebrecht, a question which has occupied him for half his life. For a short, intense period of time — 100 years or so — a “handful” of people appeared on the public stage “and changed the way we see the world”. […]

  • 21 September, 2019

From homeless teen to Chief Fire Officer

For the Jewish Chronicle August 1 2019 Most of us, I would guess, cannot imagine what it takes to be a member of Britain’s front-line emergency service, our firefighters. The visceral fear we are taught relating to fire, when we are tiny children, usually extends for our entire lives. And so Sabrina Cohen-Hatton is doubly […]

  • 1 August, 2019

In his wife’s death, widower sees a message for humanity

For the Jewish Chronicle August 1 2019 It’s not easy speaking to Dr Howard Kaye. On the last day of Passover this year, a Shabbat, he heard the sound of gunfire in the foyer of his synagogue in Poway, a small town near San Diego. Dr Kaye, a rheumatoid specialist, rushed out to see what […]

  • 1 August, 2019

How does he sleep at night?

For the Jewish News July 26 2019 One of Labour’s most outspoken MPs, Wes Streeting, has told Jewish News that he “doesn’t know how Jeremy Corbyn sleeps at night”, and that he has “given up hope that the party will tackle antisemitism while Corbyn is leader”. Mr Streeting was speaking on the eve of a […]

  • 29 July, 2019

And finally, an American speaks

For the Times of Israel posted July 26 2019 With the air of a triumphant conjurer, Benjamin Dreyer, the copy editors’ copy editor — he is the veteran copy chief of Random House publishers — says that in his new book, “Dreyer’s English”, there are two important Yiddish words. “There’s a ‘geshrei’ and there’s an […]

  • 27 July, 2019

Mann and the canary

For the Times of Israel posted July 27 2019 “When it comes to fighting antisemitism”, says the British Labour MP John Mann, “it’s not enough for us to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jewish community, when they [antisemites] are throwing the stones of hatred, of bitterness, of bile. We have to stand in front of [Jews] […]

  • 27 July, 2019

The man who’s got our back

For the Jewish News July 15 2019 One of Labour’s most outspoken MPs, Wes Streeting, has told Jewish News that he “doesn’t know how Jeremy Corbyn sleeps at night”, and that he has “given up hope that the party will tackle antisemitism while Corbyn is leader”. Mr Streeting was speaking on the eve of a […]

  • 16 July, 2019

When Howard Jacobson was out on the town

Howard Jacobson for the JC published July 4 2019 By his own admission, Howard Jacobson is not “a planning” sort of writer. Things take him by surprise, he says. Just the same, the Booker prize-winning author has been thoroughly swept off his feet by the female protagonist of his latest novel, Live a Little. Beryl […]

  • 4 July, 2019