One Minute With: Cerys Matthews, musician/writer
Friday 07 June 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm at the BBC Media Centre in Salford, looking out over huge glass blocks.
What are you currently reading?
Inspirational Leadership: timeless lessons for leaders from Shakespeare's Henry V by Richard Olivier. We don't change much. Let the dramatists be the politicians! Or, better still, the mothers…
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/ him
I have two at the moment. First, Andrew Marr. His History of the World has blown my world wide open... And Ian Fleming, for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It's a book that every child and adult should read.
Describe the room where you usually write
It's about ten foot by six, covered head-to-toe in music - CDs and books. There's a big slab of maple wood, where I work.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
[Astrid Lindgren's] Pippi Longstocking. She always questions everybody, no matter what their standing in society. She struck a big chord with me.
Who is your hero/ heroine from outside music?
Jeff Towns, who tirelessly... has become a curator for Dylan Thomas's legacy.
'Hook, Line and Singer' by Cerys Matthews is published by Penguin; she is a judge for the Dylan Thomas Prize
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Games of Thrones actor Lena Headey makes emotional promise to her unborn daughter
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines
Eurovision 2015: The best moments from Australia's random entry to Lithuania's gay kiss
Clarkson, Hammond and May Live: Top Gear trio returns with a blend of fireworks, AC/DC and 'automotive pornography'
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Eurovision 2015: Estonia seemingly enters Louis Tomlinson from One Direction
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland