The authors I’m most looking forward to hearing from are Jo Marchant speaking about how our mind can help heal our body, as this is something that really interests me, and Jon Ronson about public shaming, as I’ve been there!
Which book has inspired you the most?
The forty rules of love by Elif Shafak and The Little Prince.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Meditate, or do some yoga, or dance around my bedroom to some happy tunes!
What is your life’s motto?
I have several…
Say yes, panic later!
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Our theme for the 2017 Festival is Journeys. Can you tell us which journeys in your life have been most memorable?
When I was 5 or 6 my dad would take me on long car journeys and we would have what he called “theory afternoons” in which he would tell me cool stuff about the world. One time he told me how we all evolved from monkeys. Another time it was how, if we travelled really fast, time would slow down. And my favourite was when he told me that he was colour blind but I’m not… but my children might be. These car journeys inspired my love for science.