"No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself."
Some things about me you may or may not be interested to know
I have a really broad taste in music but the following are tunes that make me stop what I'm doing to listen. They physically hurt they're so brilliant.
Gnossienne by Erik Satie
Hurt by Johnny Cash
Fall at your Feet by Crowded House
Song to the Moon (Rusalka) by Dvorak
Theme from Schindler's List by John Williams
Anything and everything by Amy Winehouse
Running up that Hill by Kate Bush
Stand and Deliver by Adam Ant
Cello suites by Bach
Heroines and Heroes
My ultimate hero has to be William Wilburforce. If you've never heard of him, check out the film Amazing Grace with the excellent Ioan Gruffold. Wilburforce not only battled to abolish slavery (impressive when it was so acceptable in his day) but he also set up what would become the RSPCA. Yes, he loved animals too. What a man.
Sylvia Plath. She wrote some of the most beautiful lines in the history of ever and her novel, The Bell Jar, opened my eyes wide.
My favourite day would start with a cup of tea. I like to get up early, often 5am, and then I'd write until someone else wakes up. My favourite time of year is Autumn (I love the days drawing in and all the leaves turning amber) so a walk kicking up the fallen leaves would be nice. Maybe lunch out at a pub. I'd have roast lamb. A trip to a matinee performance at the theatre would be great - ballet, play, I don't mind. Then come back, close the curtains and snuggle up to watch a film, with Smokey on my lap. Some chocolate biscuits at this point would finish things off perfectly.
My Favourite Pictures
If I could be any artist, I'd be Vincent Van Gogh. I like his paintings a lot. I also love Degas' ballerinas, especially the way he positions them off the paper. And Kandinsky's abstract expressionist paintings are always a joy. Like him, I'm endlessly fascinated by synaesthesia (a mixing of the senses).