The time you realise Paris has become ‘home’! A 25-minute interview series hosted by various WRP hosts, including Patricia Killeen.
Episode 86 – Mariamne Everett
During the interview, they chatted about her life and career in Paris. And since it was the day that French far-right media pundit Eric Zemmour announced he will run for president in next year’s election, they also discussed how the far right currently impacts life in the City of Light.
Episode 85 – Tendayi Olga Chirawu
In this episode of Turning Points, Patricia Killeen chats with Tendayi Olga Chirawu. Tendayi is a third-culture person and mom based in Paris who writes fantasy fiction with strong female characters and diverse people doing incredible things all over the world.
She studied Global Communications and Civil Society at the Master’s level and has been working as a digital content and communications expert in the city of light since. She has written for several publications, including The Spire Newsletter, Quartz Africa, Insight Magazine, and more. She has also worked in professional proofreading and copy editing for over a decade.
In today’s episode, along with chatting about her life and her writing, Tendayi also presents her newly published novel, “The Glitter Horn”.
Episode 84 – Claudine and Isabelle van den Bergh Cooke
In this episode of Turning Points, Patricia Killeen went to the Moulin Rouge to interview two dancers, Claudine and Isabelle van den Bergh Cooke, sisters from Ireland. On 10 September, they fluffed up their feathers and went back to work at the Moulin Rouge, which had been closed for 18 months due to Covid restrictions.
The red windmill in Pigalle, is one of Paris’s most recognizable icons. The “Feerie Show” is played to a full house, twice a night, six nights a week. There are 80 Doriss dancers in the show, hailing from 14 different countries. 450 people work behind the scenes and the budget for the show is estimated at 10 million euros, including over 4 million for the spectacular costumes.
Claudine, 29, has been dancing since she was two years old and has been with the Moulin Rouge for over nine years and is one of the three principal dancers. She interprets the legendry “La Goulue” (1866-1929) whom artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec painted when she danced the French can-can and was star of the Moulin Rouge back in the Belle Époque
Isabelle, 24, found out she had successfully auditioned for the company while she was studying for her Leaving Certificate (high school graduation exams) just over five years ago. For her it was “a dream come true.” She was delighted to join Claudine in Paris. She loves dancing the French can-can and finds her background in acrobatics is a real plus for the energetic dance.
Claudine and Isabelle are delighted to be back at work. Being part of the world renowned Moulin Rouge is an honour for a dancer and a night out at the Moulin Rouge show, is a perfect way to celebrate the thrilling return of liberty in the City of Light!
Episode 83 – Jelly Germain Ngono
In this episode of Turning Points, Patricia Killeen speaks to Jelly Germain Ngono, dancer, choreographer, musician and dance master.
Born in Cameroon, Jelly Germain moved to Paris when he was ten. As a young boy, he loved watching old jazz films, which kindled a passion for tap dancing.
Shortly after donning his tap shoes, he was noticed by Olivier Brard, conductor of the “Royal Tencopators” who gave him his first break. Initially autodidact, he subsequently enrolled in dance classes at the Candela Conservatory in Paris, took classes with Jacques Bense and enrolled in circus school. He was mentored by Cotton Club Dancer, Ralph Brown, and rubbed shoulders with tap giants; Buster Brown, Lon Chaney, Diane Walker and Chuck Green
In 1991, Jelly Germain left Paris for Amsterdam where he was choreographer of the “Holland Show Ballet”. At that time, he also created his first company “Rythm Aces” and worked on video advertising projects. He taught at the Amsterdam Dance Academy and became choreographer of the “Lido” in Amsterdam.
In 1993, he toured with the renowned “Riverdance” show, and subsequently toured with “Black and Blue”. From 1997 to 2000, he performed in variety shows at the Sporting Club in Monaco and the Casino Rhul in Nice.
Over the years, he shared the stage with some of the greatest blues, jazz and boogie musicians.
He finally hung his hat in Paris, and has been entertaining us in the City of Light for the past two decades. He has his own band, “The Harlem Drivers” and a female dance troop, “The Starlites”.
On 31 December 2021, he will perform at the “Les Paris Follies” gala, organised by “La Bâronne de Paname”, at the mythical, roaring twenties brasserie and ballroom “La Coupole”, razzle-dazzling us into 2022 with a sparkling, sensational program. (Facebook: labaronnedepaname).
Facebook: jellygermain.ngono Instagram: jelly_germain_ngono
Episode 82 – Terrance Gelenter
In this episode of Turning Points, Patricia Killeen speaks to Terrance GELENTER, “Your American Friend In Paris”. Terrance is the founder/director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, an English-language website dedicated to delivering cultural content about Paris, highlighted by books, films, gastronomy, and interviews with authors and filmmakers to Anglophonic Francophiles.
He is the principal writer and editor of four weekly newsletters: THE PARIS INSIDER, THE PARIS READERS CIRCLE, THE PARIS INTERVIEW, and THE PARIS WEEKENDER and a weekly podcast that is also broadcast on WRP (World Radio Paris) radio. He is the author of “Paris par Hasard: from Bagels to Brioches”, a spirited, anecdote-filled memoir that has its poignant moments as we follow Terrance’s life that began in post-war Casablanca, continued in the coal mining country of western Pennsylvania, acquired definition on the streets of Brooklyn, added polish in San Francisco and ultimately ended and restarted in the Paris he was born to inhabit. Like Paris itself, this compact book is filled with secret streets and splendid boulevards, legend, and lore, the present, and the past, along with passionate talk at cafe tables, the breeze of a great river, the charm of bookstores, the majesty of galleries and museums, and, of course, the most important of all human emotions: delight. It’s like an evening with M. Gelenter himself, walking, dining, laughing, learning.–Pete Hamil
He has been interviewed on FORUM, KQED-San Francisco’s prestigious morning talk show, and has addressed The Commonwealth Club and The Metropolitan Club in San Francisco.
Your American Friend in Paris – https://terrance-paris.com/
Paris Through Expatriate Eyes – http://www.paris-expat.com
Email : Terrance@paris-expat.com
Episode 81 – June Rives
In this episode of Turning Points, Patricia Killeen speaks to author June Rives. June’s love affair with France began when she was 16. The first time she visited the Paris, she was hooked! College and her career in public relations led her to all things French. After minoring in French and majoring in advertising at the University of Texas in Austin she started her own firm at age 30 with clients such as Ari France and Meridien Hotels.
At the turn of the 21st century, she took her leap of faith and moved to Paris where she remained as a resident for 10 years. Living in the City of Light inspired her to begin writing. In 2004, her non-fiction how to guide for expats living in France entitled “Merci, Monsieur…A guide for living in la belle France” was published.
Her first novel “Paris Perfect” was published in 2016 and follows the loves and adventures of 5th generation Texas Punkin Lowery as she escapes to Paris after many tragedies in her 50-yearold life. The second in the series “Peril in Paris” was published in 2019.
The third book in the trilogy of Punkin in France, “Purgatory in Paris” has just been released in May of 2021. All her books are available on Amazon.com; Kindle’ Nook; and iTunes.
June is on to her 4th novel “Home on the Range” which brings Punkin back to Texas, but for how long?
The author divides time between her hometown of Houston and her beloved Paris where she owns a travel and relocation company, Rives Travel Excursions.
Episode 80 – Jane MacAvock
In this episode of Turning Points, Patricia Killeen speaks to Jane MacAvock Art Historian and translator, Jane MacAvock is an expert on 17th art in Provence. This keeps her busy and means that she spends a lot of time in the south of France doing research and working on projects, when she is not translating texts for museums and art galleries. She also teaches at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris.
She has a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and a PhD from Sorbonne Université, for which she researched the painter Jean Daret (1614-1668). Though he was born in Brussels, Daret spent most of his life in Provence. Previously, she was the Curator of Prints and Drawings of the National Gallery of Ireland and a graduate intern at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. She has been an intern in both the Louvre’s paintings and drawings departments.
Her current projects are an exhibition on Jean Daret’s work scheduled at the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence for 2024, which will be accompanied by a book and research on other artists who worked in Provence in the early 17th century.
Episode 79 – Maria D’Arcy
In this episode of Turning Points, Patricia Killeen speaks to Maria D’Arcy, storyteller, dancer and author. Maria tells of how she started out as a performer in Dublin. She recounts how Paris was a catalyst; her Parisian one-woman shows, Bloomsday performances and other creative ventures.
Maria’s ambition is to entertain, to sprinkle magic, to uplift others and to help the shy gain confidence in her English conversation, theatre and dance workshops.
Maria considers her book “Seventh Heaven from Seven Perspectives” her legacy… It evokes tolerance and empathy between different creeds while adding a huge dash of romance and spirituality. Written under her penname Maria Sweeney, both English and French versions, (‘A l’heure de septième ciel’), are available on Amazon.
She is available to organise story-time soirées, where she and her (forthcoming) audio-book team can read extracts from her book, with musical and dance interludes.
She also hopes to travel the world to perform and promote her book…
More information: www.mariadarcy.com
Episode 78 – Xander Brett
In this episode of Turning Points, Patricia Killeen speaks to Xander Brett, a student and broadcast-journalist from the UK. Xander moved to Paris last September to study History of Art at the Sorbonne. He has been presenting a weekly podcast series called Letters from Paris since his arrival, reporting France to listeners back home. His episodes delve into culture, cooking, travel and politics… as well as daily life on the Île Saint-Louis.
Xander also writes for various publications and shares the more trivial side of French life in his columns. He began broadcasting on a radio station in Quebec, and he joined Burst Radio in 2019. Last year he was the host of their Saturday Brunch programme, and he also produced various documentaries for the station, including a profile of the legendary cook Keith Floyd. He, like Floyd, has been a Francophile for years, and through another blog and podcast, he shares a passion for Scandinavia.
His Letters from Paris podcasts are available on https://www.buzzsprout.com/1135490
Episode 77 – Owen Franken
For this episode of “Turning Points”, Patricia Killeen spoke with Owen Franken, photojournalist, and photographer.
Owen started taking pictures at age six. After taking pictures for his high school yearbook, he studied physics at MIT, and narrowly escaped a career as a nuclear physicist. Traveling to more than 100 countries as a photographer appealed far more than spending his life measuring things.
His photos have graced the cover of “The NY Times Magazine”, along with “Time” and ”Newsweek” and other top international magazines, including culinary magazines. He left a successful career in conflict photojournalism in 1989, just after the overthrow of Ceausescu in Romania. Driving the films to Belgrade airport, a few hours away from the fighting in Romania, in a rented Volkswagen, its windows blown out by sniper fire, he realized there were safer subjects to photograph. He had also become frustrated by the fact that, with few exceptions, the conflict photographs had little effect on ending the conflicts.
He moved to Paris in 1988 and stayed for the oysters! The dangers now are botulism, salmonella, an occasional mad cow or chef! He discovered the joy of food during his early travels and has always enjoyed street food and markets. He ate a meal of rat, bat and dog in Indonesia, dog sausage with his son near Dien Bien Phu in a rickety Soviet jeep (a male bonding moment), and roast wild cat (probably a young snow leopard) with his daughter in Burma. She is still angry with him about it but loves to tell her friends.
The photos in Owen’s book, “Ensemble à l’Hôpital Saint-Louis”, (Gallimard)
for the 400th year anniversary of l’Hôpital Saint-Louis, honour both patients and medical staff.
He is currently working on an innovative (he hopes) cookbook, spectacularly illustrated with his photography.
Web site: www.owenfranken.com
MIT Show part 1: https://youtu.be/Gr1Vmn_nj84
MIT Show part 2: https://youtu.be/ATOyOY98Ckk
Article by O. Franken : https://sliceofmit.wordpress.com/2009/05/07/owen-franken/amp/
Bon Appetit Vivaldi (a symphony of beauty in photography from the vineyards and fields to the table): https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=gHj1uQnEuB0
Episode 76 – Lisa Marie
In this episode of “Turning Points”, Patricia Killeen spoke with Lisa Marie Järlborn, a Swedish-born, graphic designer, illustrator, poet, song lyricist, videographer, journalist and arts magazine editor. In addition to women’s wear, accessory and jewellery design for fashion brands such as Sonia Rykiel, Brooks Brothers and Yazbukey, Lisa Marie has produced a diverse portfolio of commercial print publication art, layout and graphics, fiction book illustration, music album, poster and pop art. Her original work has had gallery exhibition in Paris, London and Stockholm. She is currently editor-in-chief of the underground bi-annual arts publication LOVE LOVE magazine, first published in 2019.
In 2021 she launched LOVE LOVE TV, an independent media broadcast and interview platform which features established and upcoming artists. Lisa Marie also manages LOVE LOVE apparel, which features custom silkscreen prints of her original illustrative art.
Lisa Marie lives in Paris with her young daughter.
Instagram: @lovelovemagazine and @lisamarielovelove
Youtube: Love Love magazine
Facebook: Love Love magazine
Episode 75 – Elliott Murphy
In this episode of “Turning Points”, Patricia Killeen chatted with Elliott Murphy, an expatriate New Yorker, veteran rocker and author. Elliott has been living in Paris for over 30 years and his career in music and literature is more active than ever. He has released over 35 albums, still performs shows all over Europe as well as the U.S. and Japan, is a prolific author of fiction (as well as his autobiography JUST A STORY FROM AMERICA) and most recently starred in the feature length film BROKEN POET.
Nearly five decades have passed since the release of Elliott’s classic first album AQUASHOW (1973) and fans continue to fill his concerts while critics praise his albums. In 2016 a bio-pic of his career THE SECOND ACT OF ELLIOTT MURPHY featuring interviews with Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen was released all over Europe and won the Audience award at the Dock of the Bay Film Festival in Spain.
Elliott’s most recent album THE MIDDLE KINGDOM, is a dramatic spoken word album of his poetry with musical accompaniment by French guitarist Olivier Durand. It was created during Covid-19 and released in 2020.
As well as learning about his life in Paris and his life as a musician, Elliott picked up his guitar and treated WRP listeners to a song from his third album “NIGHT LIGHTS” entitled “You Never Know What You’re in For”.
In the current context, truer words have never been spoken or so beautifully sung…
Episode 74 – Eileen Grison
For this episode of “Turning Points”, Patricia Killeen interviewed Eileen Grison, our local Parisian tour guide. Eileen has lived in Paris for two decades and has made Montmartre her home. In 2012, she launched her own tour company “Lingo Immersions” which runs “Walking Tours of Montmartre” along with a new left bank tour which meanders through the streets and lives of so many mythical Parisian characters.
A self-acclaimed culture vulture, Eileen is a fantastic tour guide, who avoids the more touristic routes and unearths the hidden jewels of bohemian Paris. In a “FUSAC” article her tours were described as “the tours even Parisians love to take!”
Her Saturday @ 3pm “My Famous Artists of Montmartre” tour has enjoyed great success over the past five years. In this episode of “Turning Points” Eileen brings us for a walk on the wild side, with a sneak preview of her “Legends and Writers of the Left Bank Tour,” to be inaugurated on Sunday, 6th Feb and every Sunday thereafter @ 2.30pm, hail rain or sunshine!
To reserve one of Eileen’s tours contact her on her FB page – “Lingo Immersions” – https://m.facebook.com/lingoimmersions/ You can also follow Eileen on Instagram: @eileengrison
Episode 73 – Paddy Sherlock
In this episode of “Turning Points” Patricia Killeen spoke to musician Paddy Sherlock. Paddy has been described as a dynamic frontman, actor, singer, songwriter and trombone hero.
He has been entertaining us in the “City of Light” for the past 30 years. As well as speaking about his life in Paris and future projects, Paddy sang a few songs for the WRP listeners, including two tracks from Dusk, his new, exclusively original tracks album, produced by Brisa Roché for Black Ash Records, release date 2 April 2021.
Episode 72 – Lily Heise
Writer Lily Heise left behind her native Canada in 2000 for Paris to pursue her love of French joie de vivre. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Condé Nast Traveler, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, Playboy, TravelAge West, among others. She is also the author of three books, including her latest, There’s Only One Paris: Tales for our Times, a collection of interconnected short stories about Paris during the pandemic. She also runs an award-winning blog, Je T’Aime, Me Neither, focused on offbeat romantic Paris.
Episode 71 – Richard Zimler
Episode 70 – Tendayi Chirawu
Patricia Killeen talks to writer Tendayi Chirawu about the big decisions in her life that led her to Paris. Tendayi is a published author and Communications Expert living in Paris. She has been published in Quartz, Convergence and The Spire. You can read more of her work at: https://www.
Episode 69 – Eleanor Moran
Laura Arbulu talks to Eleanor Moran about the challenges and joys of being a foreign student in Paris.
Episode 68 – Sean Byrne
In this episode, Patricia Killeen talks to Sean Byrne, an Irish fashion designer who just completed a Masters at the prestigious “École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne”, (ECSCP).
He has dressed many stars of Irish stage and screen for events including the Oscars. He has also had the great honour of dressing the first lady of Ireland, Sabina Higgins, for official engagements.
In 2019 Sean decided to relocate to Paris to attend the ECSCP. “It had always been a dream of mine to attend this school. To study where Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Laegerfeld learnt their trade was amazing. Training in the technique of French Haute Couture is a thrill. It is the highest possible level of training a designer can do.”
It seems Paris has been a real Turning Point for him, not only is he blooming, but he’s helping Expat and Parisian ladies to put their best foot forward in his fabulous designs.
Episode 67 – Steven
Episode 66 – Ernesto
In the studio we have Ernesto, a young conductor and cellist living in Paris since 2015. Listen to the episode here to hear all about his musical career since entering the Parisian scene.
Episode 65 – Richard Nahem
Richard Nahem is a New Yorker who just celebrated his 15th anniversary of living in Paris. He’s a trained chef, tour guide, and also the writer of the blog Eye Prefer Paris. He explains how he came to fall in love with Paris while also sharing a few tips for those who would like to explore Paris off the beaten path. Listen to his story here.