My favourite authors include Joseph Conrad, Jonathan Swift, Flann
O'Brien, Dostoyevsky, Flannery O'Connor, Wodehouse and
Films: Not enormously into cinema. Withnail and I is my favourite,
but then again that's quite a literary film. I also have a soft
spot for the fantasy films I watched over and over as a child, e.g.
The Neverending Story and Labyrinth.
The same goes for some of the brilliant adaptations the BBC used to
make for kids' TV before all the budget started getting blown on Dr
Who, such as The Children of Green Knowe (one of my earliest
memories) and The Box of Delights.
Music. I listen to music all day at work to cut out irritating,
solipsistic, inconsequential yap (or 'banter') when I'm trying to
concentrate and at night when i'm writing, so mainly things that
help with that: post-rock, electronic stuff, as well as all the
usual alternative blah e.g. Wild Beasts, St Vincent, Nick Cave,
Timber Timbre... plus the odd bit of classical music I stumble over
such as Bach and Schubert, Thomas Tallis.
There is very little food i don't like besides avocado and swede,
obviously. I'm a decent enough cook and I like cooking for others.
It would be nice to have the chance to do that more often.