Quick & Quirky Questions with Lindsay Oliver

Lindsay Oliver lives in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland with her grey tabby cat called Parrot. She writes and draws from her bed. Her poems have been published online, in the print journal Lallans, and in themed chapbooks from Dreich at Hybrid Press. As well as writing poetry, Lindsay writes short stories and longer fiction. She also draws and paints. An exhibition of her illustrated poems appeared online as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2021 She has exhibited her work at the Out of Sight, Out of Mind exhibit in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.


Tell us 4 important facts about yourself:

  1. I don’t have a favourite colour. I love them all.
  2. If I was a bird, I’d want to be an albatross.
  3. When I was little, I wanted to have a prehensile tail.
  4. My favourite author is Charles Dickens and has been since I was a child.

What is your favourite age that you’ve been so far in life, and why?

30: I had my second daughter at 29 and I loved the year she turned one. Life seemed so full of possibilities. 

Who is your favourite fictional character or famous person over 60?

Miss Marple

You are alone in your house (no pets). You have three minutes to get out before the house collapses and burns to the ground. What one possession would you grab and take with you?

I’m bedbound; I’d never make it out alive. I’d try and rescue Old Ted my childhood teddy bear.

What’s your favourite creative pastime?

Making illustrated poetry

Tell us something about yourself that’s surprising or unexpected.

2020 wasn’t my first lockdown. I turned 5 during the typhoid epidemic in Aberdeen.


Huge thanks to Lindsay for her wonderful answers. Read her fantastic blog about her journey through her second lockdown!

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