My tastes in almost everything range from the trashy to the, well, not so trashy and I love most kinds of music, television and films. I am a huge theatre fan and have a particular and unashamed love for that of the musical variety. I can go from Barbra Streisand to P J Harvey, Ru Paul's Drag Race to Newsnight and Mean Girls to Hedwig without flinching. Variety spices my life.
I also love a good read. I have left my pretensions behind me and I much prefer a best-seller to a classic. I love poetry too.
As well as reading, my two other passions are music and travel. I play the piano (pretty well), the trombone (well) and the guitar (badly). I also sing - in the shower, by the piano and with a London choir.
My other passion was only more recently ignited. Over the past few years I've visited Albany, New York, San Francisco and Colombia, Vancouver, Seattle, Amsterdam and Paris. Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland and more of Canada are all on my list.
I've also gotten into the gym over the past few years and am looking after myself more too late perhaps - but I enjoy weight training, group fitness running and avoiding the biscuit tin at work.
Overall, I'd describe myself as pretty normal really - quiet, ambitious, hardworking, a romantic, loyal and happy with my lot.
Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Carol Ann Duffy, Jeffery Eugenides, David Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson
Hedwig, Mean Girls, Bring It On, The Opposite of Sex, Pink Flamingos, Muriel's Wedding, Volver,
August Osage County, Book of Mormon, Hair, Spring Awakening, Cole Porter
Eclectic. Eternal, Mariah, Kelly Clarkson, Sia, Belle and Sebastian, Pulp, Barbra, Bjork, Brandy, Britney, Carrie Underwood, Ellie Goulding, Goldfrapp, Janelle Monáe, Kylie, Lana del Ray, Martha Wainwright, Tori, PJ, Paloma Faith, RuPaul, Shakira, The Sugabaes (V1 or V2 only), Whitney
Nighty Night, Damages, Kath and Kim, Teachers, AbFab, True Blood, Spaced, QAF, Brasseye
- singing and music in general
- my wonderful friends and family
- the gym
- gin and slimline tonic