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Interview with will.i.am and Brian David Johnson

18th February 2018 | Books

Interview with will.i.am and Brian David Johnson

will.i.am and Brian David Johnson are not as unlikely a pairing as you may first think.

As one of the founding members of The Black Eyed Peas, and as a talented solo artist and producer, will.i.am has sold nearly 10M singles in the UK alone. He is also a coach on the UK version of ‘The Voice’ and owns his own fashion label and technology company.

Brian David Johnson is a renowned futurist and roboticist who has authored multiple books including ‘21st Century Robot’ and ‘Vintage Tomorrows’.

The pair first met when they both worked at Intel (will.i.am as Director of Creative Innovation, and Brian David Johnson as a roboticist), their friendship evolved whilst discussing artificial intelligence and future technology – which is where the idea for their new book, ‘Wizards and Robots’ came from.


In a future where wizards are real, and robots from the future are here… the fate of our world rests in the hands of one unsuspecting teenager.

When a young man breaks into her home claiming her life is in danger, Ada Luring's world changes forever. Geller is a wizard, on the run from his father's hidden clan who want to kill Ada and her mother. Sara Luring is the scientist who will create the first robot, the wizards' age-old foes.

But a robot has travelled back in time to find Ada, and will lay everything on the line to protect her, as she may just be the key to preventing the earth's destruction in the future.

Ada, Geller and the robots must learn to work together to change the past and secure the future. But they don't have much time before a mysterious enemy launches its attack on Earth...


James Gilmore interviewed…

The Forever Conversations: Becoming a 'better' person

28th January 2018 | Books

The Forever Conversations: Becoming a 'better' person

The Forever Conversations is our series of conversations exploring mental health issues and some of the struggles that we face whilst growing up. The Forever Conversations are presented in partnership with John Green’s new book, “Turtles All The Way Down”.

Whether its anxiety disorders, stress, depression or one of the other many different types of challenges that we, as young people, face – it’s fair to say that as we’re growing up we are constantly realising different ways we want to change and develop, hopefully for the better. Almost our entire teenage-hood is full of self-doubt and drama – but when we take hold of our development, when we become happy with who we are the ways we want to be better citizens, that is when we truly start growing up.




In John Green’s new book “Turtles All The Way Down”, he gives us an insight into the mind of a girl, 16 year-old Aza Holmes, who is genuinely struggling against the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts – based on his own experiences. She too has to try and take control and work out who she wants to be.

The book touches on how the person that we are now, and the situations which we are in today, are not our forever – and that links to one of the quotes from the book, “Your Now Is Not Your Forever”.


On his radio show, James Gilmore asked the question: In what ways do you want to become a ‘better’ person in the future? Here’s how some listeners replied…

James Gilmore on Your Now Is Not Your Forever

James Gilmore responds to listeners messages about how they would like to become a better person... (9 minutes)


Interview with Emily Barr

26th January 2018 | Books

Interview with Emily Barr

When Emily Barr released her debut YA book, 'The One Memory of Flora Banks', she probably didn't realise how the book would transform her life.

Although already the author of twelve adult fiction books (with her book 'Backpack' winning the WH Smith New Talent Award), 'The One Memory of Flora Banks' turned Emily Barr into a universally acclaimed YA author. As we have come to learn, one of Barr's talents is to get into the head of a character who is going through an otherwise difficult-to-relate story.


In 'The One Memory of Flora Banks' we follow Flora, a teenage girl who lives with anterograde amnesia - an illness which means that she has to re-remember her life several times each day. Now, in her second YA book, 'The Truth and Lies of Ella Black', we follow Ella, a girl who finds out that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, and she is whisked away to Rio to uncover the truth of her life...

James Gilmore interviewed Emily Barr about the success of her first book, her new book, 'The Truth and Lies of Ella Black' and an upcoming trip to inspire her third YA novel.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews Emily Barr

James Gilmore interviews Emily Barr about the success of her first book, her new book, The Truth and Lies of Ella Black and an upcoming trip to inspire her third YA novel.. (8 minutes)