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Chatting Up A Storm - Claudia Cragg


Dec 15, 2009

In this interview, Claudia Cragg speaks with Cyril Christo, a poet whose film 'A Stitch in Time' (an anti-nuclear documentary) was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988. His collections of poetry include 'The Twilight Language' (Canio's Editions) and 'Hiroshima, my love' (Edwin Mellen Press 1997). His wife, Marie Wilkinson, who is also featureds as a guest in the piece, is an architect, planner, photographer. The two live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Their new book is
'Walking Thunder' which follows on from their previous work 'Lost Africa'.

As Cyril Christo puts it, "Africa stands as the shadow of our beginnings, cradle to humanity, and great mirror to what we are in the process of becoming, a thirsting purgatory caught between origin and our common fate. Marie and I continue to document the disappearance of the essence of Africa". In the future survival or demise of the elephant, they believe, lies the future of mankind itself.