A. My mother was a great one for maxims, me less so. However, I'm a great believe in optimism, however unfounded. Plus I always like to have my next holiday booked and planned.
A. Reading of course!
A. The servants and labourers and teachers; the people who worked hard and are not remembered, like many generations of my family.
A. 'Purple Rain' by Prince, 'God Save the Queen' by the Sex Pistols, 'Crazy' by Gnarls Barclay, 'Ring of Fire' by Johnny Cash, and 'I See a Darkness' by Bonnie Prince Billy
A. My job title at the university where I work part-time is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media. 'Reader' is a British academic title that is one rank below 'Professor'. But it would be great if what it really meant was 'reader' - the perfect job for me!