A contact of mine, Carole Seawert, who has the extremely good Freelance Factfile website, took this idea from Pawel Grabowski and I took it from Carole. Feel free to use the concept for your own blog!
1. My first childhood ambition was to be a cowboy. I have subsequently ridden a horse and fired a gun (clay pigeon shooting), but have never made it further west than New York. (The photo is me on a horse called Tyson in Wales.)
2. I once provided the voice of a deceived woman on a mobile phone message in a comedy, “Mr Wonderful”, starring Les Dennis at the Gateway Theatre Chester.
3. I am a total urbanite – I love, love, love cities and get neurotic if I go for half an hour without hearing high heels on concrete.
4. My idea of a perfect wet Sunday afternoon is to curl up on the sofa with a pot of tea, a packet of chocolate biscuits and an old Hollywood film: Gene Kelly / Marilyn Monroe / Audrey Hepburn / James Cagney / Bette Davies – you get the idea.
5. I spent a year studying graphic design before I realised that although I wanted to be an artist, I didn’t need to be one. Art in all its forms for me is a deep passion but not a vocation.
6. I am a quarter French Canadian; my paternal grandfather was the superbly named Paul Napoleon Henry from Bonaventure River, Quebec. If only I could have inherited the ability to speak French!
7. I love stationery shops and can spend hours browsing, pouring over hand laid paper, leather notebooks, coloured pencils, quirky post-it notes and fun gadgets. I also love bookshops and the smell of new print.
8. I absolutely love amber. Described once by Sir David Attenborough as “solidified sunshine”, I love the colour, the glow and the hundreds of little bits of history trapped inside. On a recent trip to the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, I read that in China, “it was believed that when a tiger died, it’s soul entered the earth and transformed itself into amber. Thus as a product of the living earth, amber is an important symbolic representation of a tiger’s courage.” How cool is that?!
9. If I am ever stuck for professional inspiration, I spend the afternoon in the Victoria and Albert Museum. By wandering around the rooms on an ad hoc basis, I always find something new to see and get enough creative inspiration to kick start countless ideas.
10. I have a BA Hons in Humanities which covered English, History and Theology and my dissertation was on ‘Witches, Wantons and Warlike Women: Perceptions of Women of Power in Shakespeare’s “Henry VI”’.