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
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This is surely the best way to watch Jaws
- 2 Homeless man playing piano in Florida becomes instant online sensation with public performance
- 3 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 4 San Francisco TV news crew attacked by armed robbers during live broadcast
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
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This is surely the best way to watch Jaws
The Crystal Maze: Richard O’Brien confirmed to return as more details revealed about show's rebooted format
Guillaume Tell's gang-rape scene caused uproar at the Royal Opera House – but the portrayal of extreme sex and violence on stage is nothing new
What if Nicolas Cage played every character in Game of Thrones?
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture