One Minute With: Jess Richards, novelist
Saturday 01 December 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
In a yellow kitchen looking at a pot plant that's trying hard to flower in November.
What are you currently reading?
'The Woman in White'.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Just one? That's harsh. My favourite will be different next week. At the moment it's both Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman, because they write imaginative books and were recently on the radio, heroically talking about fairytales.
Describe the room where you usually write
I write in a corner, sitting crammed between a bookshelf and a table. The table is covered in notepads, a miniature grandmother, candles, a fringed lamp, and a set of comedy wind-up teeth.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
A grown-up version of Alice in Wonderland: on some days I feel big and others I feel small. Sometimes I'm a version of Peter Pan, chasing my shadow. Cats grin and roses would look interesting if their petals were dripping with paint.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
All of the historically blurry female pirates.
Jess Richards's 'Snake Ropes' (Sceptre) is shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians