Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Park ranger.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. I generally love rereading books, as it means I can jump straight to my favourite passages. The ones I've reread most often are probably The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, The Quiet American and The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene, Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, as well as my big book of German poetry and another big book of Grimm fairytales.
Q. Where did you go to high school and/or college?
A. Marburg, Edinburgh and Singapore (it's vaguely exciting to think that these three places have probably never shared a reply box before.)
Q. What were your previous occupations?
A. Journalist, waitress, telephone fundraiser.
August 20, 2011"Come to Hackney! It's fun!"
"Right, that's a great start. Can you think of something even catchier?"
"Hmmm...Come to Hackney! Jump for Joy! Come to Hackney! Sell, sell, sell!"
The Hackney Pirates, a brilliant literacy project in east London, was one of the less visible victims of this week's riots - their building was evacuated on Tuesday and they had to cut short their summer school workshop that afternoon, sending the children home with riot police guarding the street and helicopters circling overhead. They coped with the chaos by organising a special session about the riots (you can see some of the results and... see more