One Minute With: Stella Duffy, novelist
Saturday 14 July 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
In my home in South London. I can see a massive whiteboard covered in ideas.
What are you currently reading?
Three books for a panel on Great Queens – Theresa Breslin's Spy For the Queen; Kate Williams's Young Elizabeth; Karen Maitland's The Falcons of Fire and Ice.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Margaret Atwood for consistently coming up with the goods, for remaining political and engaged, and for her twitter feed.
Describe the room where you usually write
A bright, light office in our house.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
There have been times when it might have been preferable for me to keep quiet, but I was brought up to believe truth is all. Empress Theodora from my last two books is not fictional, but she had a tendency to speak up, no matter what the consequences.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
A toss-up between the feminist foremothers, those who came before me in coming out, and anyone who works for equality, so can I have Mary Wollstonecraft, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Castle?
Stella Duffy's ' The Purple Shroud', is published by Virago
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
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Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
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