One Minute With: Jenn Ashworth, novelist
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 18 January 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
In the pavilion café in Avenham Park, in Preston. I can see the River Ribble. I like walking in the park and coming in here to have a coffee.
What are you currently reading?
'First Novel' by Nicholas Royle. I got it a few days ago and read it in one gulp. I admired it so much that I wanted to go back and see how it was all put together. The book absolutely enchanted me.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Flannery O'Connor. There's a lot about her work that I don't understand - a lot of ugliness, and she writes about grace. It works extremely powerfully on me.
Describe the room where you usually write
In my bedroom: in bed with my laptop on my knee. Apart from the clutter around my bed it's quite minimalist - there's just a photograph of a tree taken by my husband.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Velma in Scooby-Doo. She has bad dress sense and a curious mind.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Frida Kahlo. I admire her for the pain she had and the way that she worked through it.
Jenn Ashworth's new novel is 'The Friday Gospels' (Sceptre)
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 Baby rescued 1km out to sea after parents forgot about her
Bad luck, One Direction: Paul McCartney doubts success of The Beatles will ever be matched again
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
James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
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
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