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with Hera Lindsay Bird

Something that makes you smile

  • When the crowd throw all those plush dolphins on the ice at the end of figure skating championships.
  • Someone putting a gun to my head & saying … smile, or else I’ll shoot you!
  • Women turning down public marriage proposals.
  • John Lithgow in Third Rock From the Sun.

A confession

I haven’t seen almost any important cinema from the last 100 years, but I have seen every episode of Frasier twice. I’m working on it.

The last thing you wrote

The last thing I wrote was usually an email. I’m always sending emails, and leaving two severe bureaucratic little kisses at the end. I don’t want to be always sending emails, but that’s the way things are.

Your favourite city

I haven’t been travelling much, but I hear Paris, Rome, Tokyo and London are nice. Just kidding. I went to Vancouver last year & had a brilliant time. My favourite city is Minnesota, but sadly I have never been there. It is my great ambition in life to go to Minnesota and eat a jello salad very politely.

What you’d place in a time capsule

In a time capsule I’d place another time capsule which couldn’t be opened for another hundred years, and inside that an even smaller time capsule, with a single casio wristwatch inside.

Hera Lindsay Bird is a writer from Wellington. Her debut book of poems Hera Lindsay Bird is out with Victoria University Press and Penguin UK, and her chapbook Pamper Me to Hell & Back was selected by Carol Ann Duffy for the Laureate's choice series, published by The Poetry Business, and is out in February She is an Arts Foundation New Generation award winner.