Quick and Quirky Questions

Quick & Quirky Questions is a brand-new monthly feature on the Autumn Voices website for 2021 and beyond.

Each month, we’ll ask a member of the Autumn Voices community – and maybe one or two well-known names and faces – some (you guessed it) quick and quirky questions. There will be five regular questions that we’ll ask every person, and depending on what themes we’re championing at Autumn Voices or activities we’re involved in, we might throw in one or two extra. The responses will be published each month along with a little bit about who they are.

To keep track of who our interview subjects are each month, follow us on Facebook or Twitter and look for the hashtag #QQQ

To whet our appetites, our first interview subject for January is Alex Hill.

Quick & Quirky Questions with Vivien Martin

Tell us 4 important facts about yourself: When I was young, I travelled to Samarkand and then further along the Silk Road to Penjikent, the ancient Sogdian city where Alexander married Roxanne. I am inordinately proud of my two grown-up children. Paying many visits behind the Iron Curtain in the 1970s/80s really opened my eyes … Continue reading Quick & Quirky Questions with Vivien Martin

Quick & Quirky Questions with Liz Niven

Tell us 4 important facts about yourself: I recognise my good fortune to have a large family, husband, children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers etc.  I’m pleased to have written and edited poetry over the years, but not pleased with my slower output in recent years. I’m proud to be Scottish, lucky to be born here … Continue reading Quick & Quirky Questions with Liz Niven

Quick & Quirky Questions with Mark Daws

Tell us 4 important facts about yourself:  I enjoy keeping active and healthy (scuba diving, walking, cycling, gym etc). I enjoy all things cultural – pandemics permitting (art exhibitions, London Review of Books, history / art documentaries, music, reading AND of course writing.) I’m responding to my children’s increasing concern about the planet and where … Continue reading Quick & Quirky Questions with Mark Daws

Quick & Quirky Questions with Nick Nairn

We’re thrilled to bring you a Quick & Quirky Questions this week from 62-year-old celebrity chef, Nick Nairn, who has happily supplied us with ‘full lockdown mode’ self-portrait. From restaurateur to celebrity chef and food campaigner, Nick Nairn has had a long and pioneering career in the UK food industry. A familiar face from television, … Continue reading Quick & Quirky Questions with Nick Nairn

Quick & Quirky Questions with Sheena Blackhall

Sheena Blackhall, aged 74, is a prolific writer in both Doric and English. Sheena is a poet, novelist, short story writer, illustrator, traditional storyteller and singer. In 2019 Sheena was presented with the Janet Paisley Lifetime Achievement Award. Tell us 4 important facts about yourself Currently I am Makar for the North East Doric Board … Continue reading Quick & Quirky Questions with Sheena Blackhall

Quick & Quirky Questions with Diana Hendry

 Tell us 4 important facts about yourself: I published a collection of poems, The Watching Stair (Worple Press), in 2018. I thought it would be my last, but I’m beginning to put together another. Currently I’m writing a sequel to a children’s book that did very well 30 years ago! Next week I’m doing a Zoom … Continue reading Quick & Quirky Questions with Diana Hendry