Waitrose & Partners Weekend Issue 612

11 AUGUST 202 2 7 7 QUESTIONS WITH… SERGE PIZZORNO The Kasabian frontman on unplanned dog ownership and wowing Elton John 1 Where do you live? In Leicester with my wife Amy, kids Ennio and Lucio, and now our two dogs, Vince and Kiddo. I was tricked into getting them, but after years of thinking I didn’t want dogs, it turns out they’re phenomenal. 2 Strangest gig? We once played on a decommissioned Boeing 737. It was so unsafe – when people were bouncing, it was like we were 30,000 feet in the air in turbulence. 3 Do people still ask about that amazing goal you scored at Soccer Aid? Yes. Even Elton John said: “That goal!” And I was like: “Yeah, mad, wasn’t it?” If you watch it back, the two people who celebrate with me ärst are Will Ferrell and Mike Myers. You know your life’s weird when things like that happen. 4 Why is your new album called The Alchemist’s Euphoria? It’s about the alchemist in his studio using different types of music to create something new. The euphoria is the moment of the inception of a great idea. 5 What three things would you take to a desert island? I don’t know if I’d last on a desert island. Can I escape? How long am I there for? What are the rules? Can I take my wife and kids? That’s three things – then we’ll ägure everything else out. 6 Are you a good cook? I can do simple things well – like a mean omelette and good pasta – but if it gets technical, I’m out. What would I cook a guest? Sadly, they’d probably get a fry-up, whatever the time of day. 7 What would little Serge think of grown-up Serge? He’d go: “Wow, all those things you thought weren’t possible – they actually happened.” where you can feel anything you want and it’s not wrong. “For teenage girls, that is so deeply powerful and validating. Poetry has been sitting in the classroom for so long that people don’t realise that it can sound like anything and it can go anywhere. It’s such a liberating art form,” she adds. “It can change your life if you just find the right kind of poem, and social media is a very good place to do that.” Allie harnesses the power of the digital age with her poetry app, The Love Book, which has readings by Helena Bonham Carter, TomHiddleston, EmmaWatson and Damian Lewis to help demystify the words. She also puts her books in a one-a-day format, to suit those who feel overwhelmed by page after page of verse. Her latest, Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year, is out in paperback on 18 August (Macmillan). “It’s a ‘way in’ that’s not o -putting,” she explains. “People can read a daily poem, or turn to the one on their birthday, and then they discover more. I’m really, really keen to get poetry tomore people.” poetry in motion Helena Bonham Carter at the launch of A Poet for Every Day of the Year ( left); Allie Esiri at the launch of Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year (below left); Rupi Kaur on stage in Los Angeles earlier this year with her World Tour Secret Show (below) ‘A poem is a good thing to turn to. A poem is mindful. It nourishes the mind’ What would she say to someone who thinks poetry is not for them? “At school, you’re often set poetry as a comprehension task, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t fully understand it – the words should just wash over you,” she says. “You shouldn’t worry about what it means, and you’re not going to be tested on it! Just enjoy it. If you’re feeling worried or are having trouble sleeping, a poem is a good thing to turn to. You sometimes can’t quite take on a novel, or a big fat non-fiction book, but turning to a poem is mindful – the act of concentrating on one thing,” she adds. “Poetry is not going to cure anything, and it’s not going to solve a war or stop a tank, but it nourishes themind.” The Alchemist’s Euphoria by Kasabian is out on 12 August. Interview: Emma Higginbotham