Photo: Hugh Purser
'What are you working on at the moment?'
'I'm resuming contract story work which was interrupted by lockdown, and starting some new contract work, so I'm very happy about that. I've worked on stories with enterprises great and small, of all kinds, around the world, and I hope and believe the satisfaction was and is mutual.'
'In the educational field, I'm following up with the Latvia-Cambridge project, and working on ways to resume the shared learning programmes with China, which I very much miss. It's vital we continue the dialogue with China, in spite of the nature of the regime. It's a matter of how to do it, and with whom.'
'I'm also thrilled that PhotoTriggers (see Learning page), the online learning tool I co-invented and co-own with Tony Othen, is up and running again in prisons in the UK after being suspended during lockdown.'
'It's bad enough for young offenders and learners to be in prison, let alone during lockdown. Most of them are there because of dysfunctional family backgrounds, drugs, petty crime and lack of education. It's a lose-lose for them and the taxpayer.'
'Education and qualifications give them a better prison record, a better chance of parole and a better chance to get out, stay out and contribute to and benefit from society. PhotoTriggers has government funding for the academic year 2022-23, which means it costs the user institution nothing and may help reduce re-offending, thus saving the taxpayer money.'
'I also have a proposal out in the market for a big literary biography of a British writer I greatly admire, and whose time is right for reappraisal. And I'm working on a novel which is sudden, speculative and maybe crazy, but might just work. Plus some other things. So we'll see.'
'What are you reading at the moment?'
'I go through periods of reading nothing and then reading six books at once. Right now, I'm reading a book my son Miles gave me, 'New and Selected Poems' by Samuel Menashe. He's a New York City poet and I think he's up there with William Blake.'
'What advice would you give to aspiring writers?'
'As the t-shirt says, just do it. Always make contacts and don't be afraid to ask for help. Contacts and help = confidence. Confidence = a better chance of getting yourself and your work out there. I'd give that advice to anyone, at any stage in any career, including myself and mine.'
'Left-field question. Who are your favourite singers?'
'Frederica von Stade, Judith Durham, Frank Sinatra and Paul Rodgers.'
'Finally, who do you admire at the moment?'
'Volodymyr Zelensky, the England Women's Football Team and their Coach and Professor Karol Sikora. And my friend Gary.'
OCTOBER 2022: Further dates in Riga and other Latvian cities to be confirmed.
AUGUST 2022: Jonathan is participating in the Latvia-Cambridge Venture Camp at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England: 'I am so looking forward to meeting the Riga participants again and welcoming them to Cambridge, where thanks to Professor Alan Barrell and others, we shall continue our cross-border brainstorming.'
'I also look forward to showing them aspects of Cambridge that tourists don't see, and my own college, Pembroke, founded by a woman in 1347, which admitted its first women students 638 years later, in 1985.'
JULY 27 2022: Jonathan appeared live at Create 98, Leigh Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, reading from his new work. Further dates to follow.
MAY 6-7 2022: Jonathan presented 'A Tale of Two Start Ups' and 'We Haven't the Money So We've Got to Think' live at the University of Latvia, Riga Technical University and Stockholm School of Economics, for participants in the CONNECT Latvia/Latvia-Cambridge Venture Camp in Riga, Latvia. See the Learning page.
'Riga is a beautiful city and Latvia encourages cultural and entrepreneurial cross-border thinking. After the economic and cultural folly of Brexit, it was great to be back in the European Union.'
'THE MICROWAVE DELUSION'
5 STARS ON AMAZON: 'The best book I have read on the subject so far.'
5 STARS ON WATERSTONE'S: 'Totally compelling... Everyone should read this book.'
Jonathan’s latest book ‘The Microwave Delusion’ with Brian Stein CBE chronicles the defective safety practices of the wireless industry worldwide and is available online and through bookshops including Amazon, Waterstone's, Blackwell's, W.H Smith, bol.com, Cygnus, Barnes and Noble, Foyles and ebay.com. RRP: £14.99 $22.99
Within a week of release, the book was circulated through campaigning websites in the USA and translation rights enquiries have been made for Scandinavia.
'Wally... Did You No Wrong' with Ron Evans is the untold true story of what happened to the 'lost' Sex Pistol, Wally Nightingale. By total coincidence, Jonathan's brother Anthony Dod Mantle is DOP of the Danny Boyle Disney TV series 'Pistol' based on the memoir by Steve Jones.
Check out Ron Evans' Roncasts on Pistols fansites and youtube. Advance copies of the book signed by Ron Evans can be purchased through www.ronevans.rocks
Jonathan's latest theatre play ‘He Thinks in Colours, She Thinks in Numbers’ is published by Drama Scripts. www.dramascripts.co.uk