Sara Sheridan

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Sara Sheridan

Sara Sheridan lives in Edinburgh where she spends most of her time chatting, writing and reading. She loves cities and travels whenever she can. She is a very good sleeper – if she was a baby, everyone would be delighted.

Apart from that she spends some of her time working as an activist and campaigner, mostly focussing on equality issues. She’s married with one daughter and eight godchildren, who keep her pretty busy even though they are mostly now grown up. She loves giving visitors directions in the street.

Interviewed 31 October 2020

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Precarious, exciting, inspiring, driven, fun, engrossing, ambitious, disciplined, determined, imaginative.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Bookshelves, wrapping paper, inspirational quotes my daughter copied out for my desk, pencils, pens, diary, notebooks, comfy chair and planning chart.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Rice noodles with herby sauce – I’ve been experimenting by eating more vegan food recently and I’m getting into good-quality olive oil and nuts. I know this is not everybody’s jam, but I’m loving it.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

I am big into female history, particularly Scottish history so:
Lorna Moon – an early screenwriter in Hollywood. Her book of short stories was banned from the local library in Aberdeenshire because it was thought too shocking.
Dr Elsie Inglis – set up the Scottish Women’s Hospitals during WWI.
Eliza Whigham – anti-slavery campaigner.
Bessie Craigmile – poet.
Dorothee Pullinger – an engineer who designed and manufactured a car for women in the 1920s.
Bebe Brun – Alfred Hitchcock’s stuntwoman.
Nan Shepherd – naturalist and writer .

Six things you can't live without ...

Something engaging to read. I read widely and I will quit books if they’re not doing it for me.
I love water – the water where I live in Edinburgh is the most delicious thing and my favourite drink. So that, please.
Great smells – I love perfume and have a perfume library at home, so I can smell different every day. Joy of my life.
Delicious fresh coffee.
Soft things next to my skin: silk and cashmere, please.
Decent chat. If you’ve got some patter, you’re in …

Five favourite words ...

Velvet, sonorous, soporific, Zimbabwe, droplet

Four places you'd run away to ...

Valencia, London, Amsterdam and Dijon.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Constitution Street by Jemma Neville.
Bitch Doctrine by Laurie Penny.
What We Did in the Dark by Ajay Close.

Two things that make you rant ...

Racism and sexism. I mean, you’ve read the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries, right?

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Baby girl, give yourself time. You are a learning machine.