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“My Favourite Things: Cheryl (LLS)

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My favourite TV show - Although it finished nearly 18 years ago, I think my favourite has still got to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. More recently I thought Succession was a great show, mainly because the characters were just so awful

My favourite place to go - The Lake District, but anywhere with mountains and water will do

My favourite city - Reykjavik, Iceland. It’s really laid back, fantastic galleries, museums and architecture

My favourite thing to do in my free time - Is it cliché for a librarian to answer this with reading? I’ve just finished Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo and thought it was amazing. I’ve always got at least two books on the go. Otherwise I really like learning new crafts and do a lot of mixed media type stuff. If you see me with inky fingers, it’s what I’ve been doing

My favourite athlete/sports personality - I don’t really follow team sports, but Jessica Ennis-Hill has had an amazing career. The discipline and determination to excel in such a range of events is extraordinary

My favourite actor – Matt Berry is a terrific comic actor, he never fails to make me laugh. For more serious acting, I really like Elizabeth Moss

My favourite author - impossible to pick just one

My favourite drink - it depends on the time of day, but either a really hot cup of tea or an Aperol spritz

My favourite food - Cheese

My favourite place to eat - my mums, especially if it’s Christmas Day

I like people who - are considerate and don’t mind poking fun at themselves

I don’t like it when people - are rude to or dismissive of people trying to help them

My favourite book - there are different favourites for different times in your life. I still love E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, which I first read in my teens. Last year I read John Boyne’s The Heart's Invisible Furies which was just brilliant. I love being surprised by a new ‘favourite’

My favourite book character - Little My from Tove Jansson’s Moomins series, she doesn’t take any crap

My favourite film - Stand by Me. It’s an adaptation of a Stephen King short story and never fails to make me have a little cry

My favourite poem - Either 'The Applicant' by Sylvia Plath or Carol Ann Duffy’s 'Prayer'. I wrote my undergrad dissertation on Plath and still love her writing now

My favourite artist/band - I mainly listen to stuff from the 60s and 70’s with quite a bit of 90’s/00’s indie thrown in too; Bowie, Blondie, Blur and the like. I used to love discovering new exciting bands when I was a teenager and it’s something I should make an effort with again

My favourite song - Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks or Back to the Old House by The Smiths

My favourite art - I can’t ever resist a gallery and like a mix of styles, but I do really like John William Waterhouse. I also really like book illustrations (it’s the ex-children’s librarian in me) and Jim Kay’s illustrations in A Monster Calls are just stunning

My favourite person from history - I don’t really have one favourite, but when I visited Norwich I read about Edith Cavell, who was a pioneering British nurse working in Belgium during WW1. She helped injured soldiers on all sides, as well as civilians and later helped around 200 allied soldiers escape to safety. She was eventually caught, tried at court martial for treason and later executed. She was extremely brave and insistent about continuing to help others, even when it endangered herself
[Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik]

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