AofA People – Ishmahil Blagrove

Ishmahil Blagrove is an author, film-maker and polemicist. Occasionally located at Speaker’s Corner, he can be depended upon to pack a verbal punch on media distortions and racist agendas. He runs a monthly Sunday Roast at the Tabernacle off Portobello Rd with performance and lively conversation.

WHO ARE YOU?

Ishmahil Blagrove

HOW OLD ARE YOU?

47

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

Notting Hill

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Whatever takes my interest.

TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?

Joyous. I never thought I’d live this long.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?

Experience and the acquired art of reason.

WHAT ABOUT SEX?

The novelty has worn off and its just another cheese sandwich. Though I still get the occasional craving for a nice bit of cheddar.

AND RELATIONSHIPS?

 Like fine wine.

HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?

I create my own reality to a large extent, thus there is no subjectivity to my “freedom” in the fantasy I create.

WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?

The values and principles that I stand for.

WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?

 The quest for purpose.

WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

When I have the tranquility to think and create.

AND WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?

 Into whatever I am doing.

WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?

To be.

AND DYING?

Death is a part of the process.

ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?

I can’t distinguish my dreams from my day to day existence.

WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?

Embarking on a project that should take 12 months to do with only  a 3-month deadline.

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