My favourite writers include: J R R Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Orson
Scott Card, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, William Blake, Gabriel
Garcia Marquez, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Angela Carter,
Terry Pratchett, Tim Powers, Rudyard Kipling, A S Byatt, Margaret
Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Jane Austen, Osho... Apart from The Hobbit,
my most fequent go-to book is Linda Goodman's Love Signs, which I
think is the most beautifully written and insightful astrological
study ever published - even if you don't believe in astrology it's
worth a read!
I also love Old and Middle English - Beowulf, Norse Sagas, Chaucer
- and am a big history buff. I particularly love the Vikings and
Lord Horatio Nelson.
My two all-time favourite movies are The Pillowbook and The Big
Lebowski. I also really loved Enlightenment Guaranteed, When the
Light Comes, Burnt by the Sun, The Barbarian Invasion, O Brother
Where Art Thou, The Darjeeling Limited, Being John Malkovich. I
like both the serious stuff and the light stuff.
Favourite TV shows: Game of Thrones, Mad Men, How I Met Your
Mother, Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I also love plays, musicals, ballet and opera - anything to do with
the performing arts is up there. The Importance of Being Earnest is
my favourite play - I've played both Cecily and Miss Prism on stage
and am working my way up to Lady Bracknell X-)
Favourite music: anything that makes me want to get up and dance!!
I like a lot of contemporary music, but fundamentally my heart
belongs to the '50s, '60s and '70s - I spent a lot of time
listening to my uncles' and aunties' record collections...
Favourite artists: Michael Jackson, Al Green, Prince, David Bowie,
Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Dean Martin, James Brown,
Leonard Cohen, Gram Parsons, Sam Cook, Jeff Buckley, Ray Charles,
Seal, Emmy Lou Harris, Fleetwood Mac, Petula Clark, Blondie,
Beegees, etc, etc...
Favourite food: I love pretty much every style of food! Take me to
any restaurant and I'll be fine. My favourite vegetable is
broccoli. My favourite dessert is trifle.