One Minute With: Alice Rawsthorn, design critic
Friday 08 March 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
In my office at home in Shoreditch. On the wall to my left, I can see a László Moholy-Nagy collage that I found in a Paris flea market, and on the window to my right, the shadow of a Canterbury climbing rose on a blind.
What are you currently reading?
Jerry Brotton's 'A History of the World in Twelve Maps'.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
Elizabeth Gaskell was a wonderful writer, and brilliant social historian.
Describe the room where you usually write
Books, books, books.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
For much of my childhood, like most bookish tomboys, I longed for it to be Jo in 'Little Women'.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
One of the design heroines in my book 'Hello World' is Hilary Cottam, who trained as a social scientist but is now developing new ways of applying the design process to tackling urgent social problems.
Alice Rawsthorn's book 'Hello World: Where Design Meets Life' is published by Hamish Hamilton. She is appearing at the 'Independent' Bath Literature Festival today at 6.15pm
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 4 Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda': Singer finally releases predictable video
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
Laughs go global as Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran bring international comedians to the Edinburgh Fringe
The Top Ten: Horrible buildings
JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Celebrity Big Brother 2014 line-up: Meet the contestants from Lauren Goodger to Kellie Maloney and Audley Harrison
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women