The 100 / #43: Robyn Evans

#43 Robyn Evans Writer/Producer London, UK

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    • Robyn, these are really fun photos of your life and surroundings. Very much in the spirit of the project.. DM/63 -- David Mahaffey
    • This is the view I wake up to - in summer, at least. -- Robyn
    • Everyone was part of Team GB by the end of the Olympics & Paralympics -- Robyn
    • Team GB's Victory Parade along The Strand. -- Robyn
    • Gold medallist Hannah Cockcroft. I saw her win, too. -- Robyn
    • Londoners love to dress up! -- Robyn
    • Bob the street cat in Covent Garden -- Robyn
    • The 159 bus into town provides classic London views -- Robyn
    • Unpacking. -- Robyn
    • Humdrum. Queueing at the Post Office. Awful shot, sorry. -- Robyn
    • Japanese for lunch in Brixton Market with family -- Robyn
    • It's all about the food! A whole roast suckling pig, shared with many friends. -- Robyn
    • You'll Never Walk Alone. Watching the Liverpool game at a fan pub in Borough. -- Robyn
    • George the Labrador Landlord of The White Horse, my local. -- Robyn
    • Home -- Robyn
    • Surrounded by mementos -- Robyn
    • Nana. She's 95. -- Robyn
    • I love the flowers at this time of year -- Robyn
    • Waiting for the bus, Clapham Junction -- Robyn
    • Inside my handbag: notebook, iPad, novel. Ready for anything. -- Robyn
    • Fantastic old tree in Windrush Square. -- Robyn
    • Celebrating 50 years of Jamaican Independence -- Robyn
    • Shopping in Brixton -- Robyn
    • Street market, Brixton. -- Robyn
    • Poor shot, but the sign says Electric Avenue. The one from the song! -- Robyn
    • Me in my natural habitat, at my desk. (not sure why it's upside down!) -- Robyn
    • Chestnut sculpture, Brockwell Park. Donated by nearby residents. (upside down again!) -- Robyn
    • View across Brockwell Park. All this, 4 miles from the centre of London. -- Robyn
    • Street art about the riots of Summer 2011 -- Robyn
    • Forthcoming events. -- Robyn
    • Making an asset of the shutters with art -- Robyn
    • The Real True Spiritual Shop. Hours of entertainment. -- Robyn
    • Legs Eleven...or so -- Robyn
    • Hair is very important around here -- Robyn
    • African fabrics, Brixton village -- Robyn
    • Grocers, Brixton Village -- Robyn
    • Brixton village: much less busy during the week! -- Robyn
    • My favourite Colombian butcher with his pork and beef chorizo -- Robyn
    • The Ritzy - great local cinema, over 100 years old -- Robyn
    • Poor effort to capture the squirrels on Rush Common. -- Robyn

About Robyn

Tell us a little about yourself:
Right now, I’m having a serious crack at having a career in the film industry, as a writer or producer. I’m incredibly lucky to have a partner who is willing and able to support me in this, so I don’t have to work full-time for the first time since school. It’s still very early days and I don’t know how long it can last, so I’m making the most of it. I live in Brixton in the same flat Paul Laverty, Ken Loach’s screenwriter, lived in. I hope that’s a good omen.

I was born in Rotorua, in New Zealand, and I’ve moved around a lot. I went to eleven schools in four countries: two were boarding schools. My family’s unconventional too and now we’re scattered all over the world, but we’re close. I’ve been very lucky.

What one thing are you most proud of in your years so far?
In a few important areas I’ve known what I stand for and stood up for those beliefs. I’m by no means perfect or even nice, at times. But I do stand for something.
Or having the sense to stay with my partner, who reminds me to enjoy life.

What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
World peace or if not inner peace? I’m not sure I even want to live that long. I want quality not quantity.

What one thing have you seen in your lifetime which has changed the world the most significantly?
I was born the year man walked on the moon. My childhood was full of civil rights movements, the end of apartheid, sexual liberation, women’s rights. Hope, even peace. World War II had taught us all a lesson about the capacity of humanity for self-destruction and we were having a serious go about improving social conditions and opportunities, and reaping the benefits of doing so.

Now it’s all chicken little ‘the sky is falling in’…everyone running about like headless chickens fomenting fear and loathing and panic. At the time in human history when we have the most knowledge about how the universe works, suddenly the whims of gods are having influence over our lives again. All over the world, small elites of wealthy men are trading on their god’s name to deprive people of basic human rights. It’s bloody depressing. For all our advances, nothing’s changed. Humankind was progressing, enabled by science and we stuffed it up with greed. I hope we’re smart enough to stop it before things get really bad.

What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
Soon you will get boobs. Bigger than most of your classmates. You will be called Dolly Parton and feel grateful you aren’t Community Chest like the other girl. You will be considered a slut because you have them. You will think you’re fat because of them and stop doing sports because of them which will, ironically, lead to your getting fat. Love them anyway. They are awesome.

And don’t give up sport!

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