Latitude 2013: Five minutes with... Don Paterson
Friday 03 May 2013
Dundonian poet Don Paterson graces this year's Latitude with his odes.
Which latitude are you on right now?
Edinburgh. Bruntsfield. Near the links. In the chocolate / bicycle / pot triangle.
Sum up what you do for us in one sentence for anyone who might not know…
My card reads 'Surfaces'
If you could give us one hot tip for who to see at Latitude what would it be?
James Blake, Mum, Cocorosie, Dylan Moran? That's four...
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Drinking. Usually extends to an in-show ritual
What’s your best festival story for us? The stranger the better!
Twenty years ago I did the worst-attended reading ever in Aberdeen. The audience consisted of one couple in their seventies. After two poems the guy leant forward and said 'This isn't the chrysanthemum and dahlia society, is it.'
Tell us a something you’ve never told an interviewer before…
I just did...
What’s your signature cooking dish?
An inedibly rich risotto
What book/film/record etc. changed your life and why?
Robert Wyatt, Rock Bottom, when I was 14. Because it taught me what was meant by properly articulated feeling.
Knock Knock, who’s there?
You seem to be doing fine with that yourself... keep going...
What’s the best thing about performing live?
I can't be cynical here. Making an emotional connection with people.
And lastly, summarise Latitude in three words
'That's a toughie'
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 3 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Jeremy Clarkson calls on trolls to leave producer Oisin Tymon alone: 'None of this is his fault'
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Jeremy Clarkson courted by Russian Ministry of Defence TV station to present motoring show
One Direction fans campaign to buy the band after Zayn Malik quits
Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest