Adam Jacques

Adam Jacques is a features writer for The Independent on Sunday.

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Mark Grist: The teacher-turned-poet on classroom hecklers, Viking rap battles and his love of rude board games

I was a good teacher because I failed so many times I remember one lesson when I was introduced as the trainee teacher to a Year Eight class. When I asked them to sit down, they were like, "You're not a proper teacher, we don't have to listen to you!" People were throwing things; I had a proper revolt. But unruly classes are like dealing with hormone-ridden hecklers at a gig; the more front-line experience you have, the better you get. And the next time someone came at me with a comment, I had a rebuttal.

Dawn O'Porter: The broadcaster and teen novelist on depression, polygamy and flipping burgers for her A-list husband

There is such an issue for women on comedy-panel shows I did 8 out of 10 Cats recently and afterwards I got loads of shit [on Twitter] about the way I looked. That's why women don't go on these shows: if you have a hair out of place, you get negative comments. Men are allowed to just be funny; it's not fair at all – and I know so many women in the public eye who are so much funnier than men.

Victoria Derbyshire: The BBC radio presenter on snobbery at work, favela guns and the joy of bargain-hunting at 6am

If you only listen to Radio 4, you won't hear the diversity of Britain I've grown up working on Five Live [Derbyshire joined the BBC station in 1998] and I believe you will hear voices from the whole of Britain on our station, from both the presenters [Derbyshire is from Ramsbottom, Lancashire] and listeners. And we don't just look at things from a London-centric prism: an issue affecting people who only work and live in the Westminster area is seen totally differently in Wallsend.

Steve Backshall: The adventurer on swimming with great whites, holding a gorilla by the hand, and his failed relationships

I yearn for the golden era of exploration I'd have given anything to have been around when we were truly opening up parts of the planet for the first time. For me, reading what [the British explorer] Alfred Russel Wallace wrote about travelling through the Malay archipelago in the 19th century, when he was discovering new species every single day, it felt like he was having the sort of adventures that, if you'd read about them in King Solomon's Mines, you wouldn't have believed them.

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