The Confession of Maddie McGlade
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Currently, I'm fond of 'Abandon your story'. It's about allowing yourself to stop writing and allowing other people to start reading your work, which is, after all, the point of the exercise.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm a very good listener.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd be interested to meet Emily Davison, the English campaigner for suffragism who threw herself under the King's horse at Ascot in 1913, in protest that women did not have the vote. I'd want to ask her if she'd thought about it fully before she did it, if she was committed to dying for the cause. I'd want to know if she thought it was worth it. I'd like to know what she makes of us all today.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Only five? Seriously? Well, for now, because of their associations as well as their stories: Van Morrison's 'In the Garden'; Elbow's 'Starlings'; The Waterboys' 'The Whole of the Moon'; Snow Patrol and Martha Wainwright's 'Set the Fire to the Third Bar'; Damien Rice's 'The Blower's Daughter'
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Installed in a little villa in Tuscany or Umbria with a self-cleaning pool, my own tomatoes growing in the garden, a hammock strung between the pines, a never-emptying bottle of prosecco in the fridge, shelves groaning with books, a free trattoria within staggering distance, and family and good friends to share it.