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Rosita Sweetman

Rosita Sweetman is a writer and journalist. She has published three books, On Our Knees, a look at Ireland in the 1970s, Fathers Come First, a novel, and On Our Backs, a look at sexual attitudes in 1980s Ireland.

Chupi Sweetman-Pell

Rosita’s daughter, Chupi Sweetman-Pell, is a food writer and fashion designer, author of What to Eat When You Can’t Eat Anything: The Complete Allergy Cookbook. She sells her main fashion line, Chupi, through Topshop and at the The Loft Market.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
Rosita: The Beatles, ‘Love, Love me Do’
Chupi: The Streets of Philadelphia, the single, on cassette – for my Mum

What’s your favourite smell?
R: Coffee
C: Fresh Basil leaves and tomato plants.

Have you ever had a nickname?
R: My dear bro, Roger, nick-named me Zebo, which turned into Zibb :)
C: No. No need!

What is your favourite room in your house?
R: The kitchen – with family, friends, food.
C: The kitchen! Where else can you eat?

What are your guilty pleasures?
R: Sorry, can’t divulge, too guilty.
C: Cheese, chocolate, all food related things.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
R: That I’m a closet exhibitionist?
C: I’m not actually a nice person :)

Who is your closest female friend?
R: Ooooooo that’s a hard one. If I choose one the others will be horribly hurt. Love all my female friends dearly.
C: Lydia.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
R: Ears. Done millennia ago in boarding school, with safety-pin, (the Child of Mary medal pin was too blunt).
C: Got navel pierced at 16 but took it out at 21 (it had reached its sell by date).

Where would you most like to live?
R: In a yellow submarine.
C: Don’t think the where is very important, it’s more the who with.

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?
R: With MG, in the orchard. Hot and salty – we’d been swimming.
C: A guy called Ciaran. In Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow. (He’s since emigrated :))

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?
R: Does that hurt?
C: The last one!

What’s the best present you’ve ever received?
R: My children, Chupi and Luke. Nothing Compares to Them x
C: Yardi, my corgi, when I was ten.

What is your favourite word?
R: It was really Luke Kelly’s favourite word: Un-be-fucking-lievable. Kind of suits the times that are in it…
C: F**k!

Who was your first love?
R: Michael G. We were 10 and knew everything (little horrors that we were).
C: Brian :)

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?
R: A ballerina. No, that’s a joke. How about a member of the Arts Council so I could torture penniless writers?
C: Someone who does cooking and eating and writing – full time.

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?
R: Edna O Brien’s barely known but absolutely wonderful biography of James Joyce. Everyone I’ve bought it for, including artist Barrie Cooke, adores it.
C: I’ve mostly given cookbooks; lots of my own, What To Eat When You Can’t Eat Anything, and Yotam Ottolenghi’s vegetarian cookbook, Plenty.

What happens after we die?
R: It’s the Big Secret, isn’t it?
C: The people who love us remember us.

What female historical figure do you admire most?
R: Grainne Uaile was pretty cool. I love the story of her marching, bare breasted, into Queen Elizabeth 1st’s court. Attitude is everything.
C: None that I can think of.

Sum yourself up in three words:
R: Female. Mum. Hungry!
C: Impatient. Demanding. Enthusiastic. (and Hungry!)

And finally…What are you anti? What are you pro?
R: Pro the young, the old and the in-betweeners. Anti bullshite in all its myriad forms; particularly my own.
C: Oh God, how much time have you got? Anti ignorance – where education has been an option, and laziness, and religion. Am pro eating, love and friends :)

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Polystyrene was just a teenager when she became the singer in punk band X-Ray Spex. In 1977, they released their classic single ‘Oh Bondage Up Yours!’ and played on the same bill as bands like The Buzzcocks and Wire.  After struggles with her mental health, Poly opted out of music. She has spent the last two decades writing, occasionally resurrecting X-Ray Spex for reunions and finding solace in her Hare Krishna faith. She has just released a new solo album, Generation Indigo, produced by Youth, which features guest appearances from her sister, her daughter Celeste and Viv Albertine of The Slits.  Watch the video for her latest single, ‘Virtual Boyfriend’.

EDIT: April  26th, the Anti Room are very sad to hear the news of Poly Styrene’s death. She was an important figure in 1970s punk and an inspiration many women in music. RIP Poly.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

My Sweet Lord by George Harrison.

What’s your favourite smell?

Rose oil.

Have you ever had a nickname?

Poly Styrene!

What is your favourite room in your house?

My bedroom.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Chocolate.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

That cancer unknowingly crept up on me.

Who is your closest female friend?

My daughter.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

No.

Where would you most like to live?

Where I am now, by the sea.

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?

Can’t remember!

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

The last one you just asked.

What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

A hotwire cutter that cut through polystyrene.

What is your favourite word?

LUV.

Who was your first love?

Falcon.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?

A secretary.

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?

Gopi Gita.

What happens after we die?

Our soul leaves our body and reincarnates, or gets a complete spiritual form.

What female historical figure do you admire most?

Right now, Florence Nightingale.

Sum yourself up in three words:

Optimistic, Happy, Bubbly

And finally… What are you anti?

War.

What are you pro?

Peace

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Welsh writer and playwright Rachel Trezise is the author of ‘Fresh Apples’, the inaugural Dylan Thomas prize winner 2005, ‘In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl’, and ‘Dial M for Merthyr’. Her first radio play ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 4′s Afternoon Play slot 2008. Her first venture into theatre, ‘I Sing of a Maiden’, a conversation between the ancient and contemporary, exploring teenage pregnancy and interspersed with folk song performed by Charlotte Greig, played to sell-out audiences in Wales in 2007 and is still on tour.  Rachel’s most recent book ‘Sixteen Shades of Crazy’ is now out in paperback.





What’s the first record you ever bought? Kylie by Kylie Minogue, regrettably.

What’s your favourite smell? Jeyes Fluid.

Have you ever had a nickname? Not that I know of.

What’s your favourite room in your house? Utility room. I love putting the washing in and pegging it out.

What are your guilty pleasures? Cigarettes. Chocolate.

What would people be surprised to know about you? That I’m pathetically shy. People think I’m an arrogant lush, but I can’t look anyone but my husband in the eye without a drink inside me. And that I believe in God.

Who is your closet female friend? Lisa Hocking.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings? Barbell in the tongue. Butterfly on the foot. Initial on the belly. Dancing girl down the back of the arm. My brother’s a tattooist. I get them for birthdays and Christmas.

Where would you most like to live? New York, not forever but until I’m bored of the concrete.

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen? Robert something – I can’t remember his surname, in a lane, in the south Wales valleys.

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked? A journalist asked me once if my writing would be so dark had I been born in California, to which I replied, ‘How can I answer that?’ To which he replied, ‘Easy, think about it.’

What’s the best present you’ve ever received? My engagement ring on my 23rd birthday.

What’s your favourite word? Disco. Not sure why, I can’t dance.

Who was your first love? Duff McKagan.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become? Forgettable.

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone? Beloved by Toni Morrison.

What happens when we die? Our bodies rot, our souls find new homes.

What female historical figure do you most admire? Rosa Parks.

Sum yourself up in three words: Hungry and tired.

And finally, what are you anti? What are you pro? Anti-ignorance, anti-injustice, anti-cruelty. Pro-reading, pro-philanthropy, pro-cake.

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Kelly Valen is the author of The Twisted Sisterhood: Unraveling the Dark Legacy of Female Friendships, a book she wrote after initially penning a 2007 essay for the New York Times. In both, Valen tackles the idea that some women are their own worst enemies – from sabotaging their own friendships to undermining and criticising each other. Valen surveyed over 3,000 American women about their female friendships and the result formed the basis of her fascinating book. In a recent Irish Times interview, she spoke about the dangers of “mean-girling” and how we should raise our daughters to be respectful of other girls. She lives in Bangkok with her husband and four children.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

Steely Dan’s Aja.

What’s your favourite smell?

Lilacs – reminds me of my grandmother’s house in Minnesota.

Have you ever had a nickname?

Unfortunately, yes: Smelly. (Rhymes with Kelly. Very creative.)

What is your favourite room in your house?

The kitchen. Always.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Enjoying a probably-too-generous pour of fine wine in an appropriately large Riedel glass.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

That I used to hang out with Prince’s bass guitarist and can be seen in the crowd in the Purple Rain movie. It was all very innocent and fun. Being from Minnesota has its perks.

Who is your closest female friend?

Tie between Mary Kay and Teri, both of whom I mention in my book, The Twisted Sisterhood. Funny, wacky, brilliant and creative women who love me despite my many flaws.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

My right ear has three piercings, two of which filled in decades ago. It was all the rebellion this suburban Midwestern, Catholic girl living in the 80s could muster.

Where would you most like to live?

I dream of splitting time between a cottage in Maine and pied a terre in Paris. Cliché, but true.

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?

John McKenney, 9th grade, in the back of an older sibling’s car. Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust was playing on the radio.

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

Well, a Brazilian journalist recently asked if in fact it was I who was the “Meanest Girl of All” for writing a book about women (a book that aims to encourage girls and women to behave with more civility). I’m still wondering if something was lost in translation!

What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

My son, Jack, who was born on Christmas day in 1996. Bonus: he was an easy delivery.

What is your favourite word?

Lovely.

Who was your first love?

Can’t tell – the truth would wreak unnecessary havoc.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?

I wish I’d pushed myself harder as an athlete and become an Olympic-caliber downhill skier. Fantasy, of course.

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?

Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky. Gives me chills every time and I love to share that sensation with others. Of course, some just find it depressing.

What happens after we die?

It would be nice to know, but I couldn’t deign to say. I can be patient in this instance.

What female historical figure do you admire most?

It’s probably due to my age, but I’m going to go with Madonna. I find it amazing that she was just another Midwestern, middle-class girl with dreams who clawed her way up and accomplished what she did with the skill set she was born with — on her own terms, through sheer will and hard work. She’s a true icon. I also love Antigone — a strong-willed, loyal, principled woman unafraid to stand up to powerful men and the State for what she believed and knew was right.

Sum yourself up in three words: Honest, Impulsive, Irreverent.

And finally… What are you anti? What are you pro? I am anti-bullshit and pro-authenticity — in all contexts!

The Twisted Sisterhood: Unraveling the Dark Legacy of Female Friendships by Kelly Valen is published by Ballantine Books. Follow Kelly Valen on Twitter: @KellyValen1

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Smoke Fairies are Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies, a British folk/blues duo who combine plucked guitars and harmonies to create lush, ethereal songs. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Through Low Light And Trees, was released earlier this year and produced by Jack White of the White Stripes. The band took their name from the summer mist that collects in the hedgerows of their native Sussex, and Jessica (above, right) answered our questionnaire ahead of their gig on Dublin’s Workman’s Club on December 7th.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

I had lots of records at home so I never really thought about buying any myself. I am very cheap so the first record I ever bought with my own money was a Take That single from the bargain bucket in Woolworths. I wanted to fit in with my friend’s Take That obsession but the 10p tape was as far as it ever got. I think I bought a compilation tape on the same day called Summer Dance Party too.

What’s your favourite smell?

Sweet Peas, warm sponges and the boiler room at primary school – I could never get enough of that smell and spent most of break time with my face up against the boiler room air vent.

Have you ever had a nickname?

I always wanted to be a cool kid with a cool nickname but no, sadly none have ever stuck. People used to shout ‘Donkey Girl’ at me out of car windows when I went out for walks because I always took my donkey Antoinette with me everywhere, but I never embraced it.

What is your favourite room in your house?

I have a room full of plants. Katherine went around and stuck eyes on them so they are all like little friends.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Naps in the afternoon and tinned food. Also, showers are better for the environment, but I do like long bath sometimes.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

When I go on ferries I like to dress up as a sailor.

Who is your closest female friend?

It would have to be Katherine from Smoke Fairies, I have known her since I was 11.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

No, I am indecisive so I would never be able to get one.

Where would you most like to live?

London is fun, but I have always thought it would be good to live in New York for a while. If not the city, then somewhere in the countryside with some land so that I can have a donkey and some sheep.

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?

I am not going to go into any sordid stories like that.

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

How good is your knowledge of music? It is like asking how good is your knowledge of the world? Everyone is going to have a different understanding of it. It’s more of a stupid question than unusual.

What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

I just got given a new Hofner Guitar to substitute my old vintage one that I broke while I was on tour. I have never owned a new guitar and it is all shiny and perfect, but it won’t be long before it gets a few scratches in it.

What is your favourite word?

Right now all I can think of is: Tentacle.

Who was your first love?

Karen Carpenter and she still has a place in my heart.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?

I would like to think I would have dedicated time to becoming something else creative, perhaps an illustrator, but there is still time.

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?

No, but there are many albums I have repeatedly bought as gifts.

What happens after we die?

Your guess is as good as mine.

What female historical figure do you admire most?

There are thousands, so it is impossible to have just one. I like reading biographies of historical figures. I have just finished reading a biography of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire. She was one of the first women to be involved in British politics and had a great sense of style but she did have a few problems, mainly gambling. I think women like Rosa Parks, Amelia Erheart, Florence Nightingale were far braver though, to name just a few.

Sum yourself up in three words:

Stubborn, Sarcastic, Ridiculous

And finally… What are you anti? What are you pro?

Anti: smoking in public places

Pro: riding the bus

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Catherine O’Flynn’s debut novel was rejected by over 20 agents, before being published by independent publishers Tindal Street Press. What Was Lost – the story of a missing girl set largely in a shopping centre - was long listed for the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. It won the Costa First Novel prize at the Costa Book Awards. Her latest book, The News Where You Are tells the story of Frank, a local TV news presenter.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

A Message to you Rudy – The Specials.

What’s your favourite smell?

Chlorinated swimming pools.

Have you ever had a nickname?

At primary school I started off as COF (my initials) but due to the prevalence of charity posters on the classroom walls this mutated to CAFOD. It never felt like a cool nickname to have.

What is your favourite room in your house?

My bedroom, it’s the lightest, the warmest and the biggest.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Weak, milky tea; Toby carverys; sandwiches with no vitamin content; central heating on for ten months of the year; being a writer.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

Once I killed a wolf.

Who is your closest female friend?

Mrs. Sarah Yarker.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

A piercing, as was typical of the time, in each earlobe.

Where would you most like to live?

Birmingham by the sea.

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?

Johnny Morris (a schoolboy, not the Animal Magic presenter). At a party when I was 11 and everyone had been drinking martini and lemonade.

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

‘Can I touch your face?’ by a reader.

What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

A Fischer Price music box record player. I loved spinning those thick plastic discs. I used to tape my own slick radio show.  ‘That was The Camptown Races…’ (heavy breathing, clatter of plastic) ‘…and at number 5 is London Bridge is Falling Down.’

What is your favourite word?

‘Otorrinolaringólogo’. It came up in a Spanish spelling test once. Sadly life has yet to present an opportunity to use it. Maybe I’ll stab myself in the ear next time I’m in Spain just to get the chance.

Who was your first love?

Clint Eastwood. I was 8. It wasn’t reciprocated.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?

My life as a writer isn’t that much different from my life before. A tiny bit of work, a lot of aimless wandering and thinking about piffle.  If I wasn’t a writer I’d be doing much the same but feeling less guilty about being unproductive.

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?

Hey Wait by Jason.

What happens after we die?

We never have to see Jeremy Clarkson’s enormous face again.

Sum yourself up in three words:

Can’t be done.

And finally… What are you anti? What are you pro?

Anti: Jaffa Cakes, drivers who don’t give a courtesy wave, women’s magazines, men’s magazines, 24 hour news, traffic news, festivals, pollen, Sharn and Bill, the cold, empty confidence, the Pontipines.

Pro: Talking Heads, Bowie in the ’70s, Adam Buxton, Bill Callahan, Patricia Highsmith, David Foster Wallace, gasometers, cooling towers, Summer evenings, The Maltese Falcon, Werner Herzog’s voice, Desmond Dekker’s voice, the Wottingers.

Catherine O’Flynn


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Author and journalist Kate Figes has written about everything from different aspects of bitching to the challenges of parenthood, but at the heart of her work is family life in all its many forms. Her latest book, Couples (Virago, £14.99stg), is an insightful and fascinating look at what makes long-term relationships work, whether gay or straight, married or cohabiting. You can find out more about her at her website, and of course, in this Questionnaire…

Have you ever had a nickname?

My younger brother called me Boss Cat as a child - because we loved the TV cartoon Top Cat. Whenever he teased me about being bossy (who me?) I would remind him that I was of course ‘the indisputable leader of the gang….

What’s the first record you ever bought?

Can’t remember, but maybe that’s because my pocket money usually went on sweets and Penguin paperbacks

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?

Danna Wolf in my bedroom. We were 10 playing at mummies and daddies. i think she was the daddy…

What’s your favourite smell?

My husband’s after shave, Chanel Pour Monsieur but only on him

What is your favourite room in your house?

My bedroom but only when I am in bed

Who was your first love?

Paddy Melly

What are your guilty pleasures?

Chocolate, the odd roll up, and disappearing down to our beach hut.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m an obsessive tennis player.

Who is you closest female friend?

Beeban Kidron

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

Yuk no!

Where would you most like to live?

Closer to Hampstead Heath

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

‘What will you be using for contraception?’ by a gynaecologist, two days after a traumatic labour followed by an emergency cesarean. I couldn’t walk. I told him if he thought I would ever go near a penis again he needed his own head examined.

What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

My younger daughter filled her ipod shuffle with songs to amuse me on the tube. I am lost without it and it always reminds me of her.

What is your favourite word?

Orgasm

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?

I think I might have been a reasonably good psychotherapist……..but too late for that now, I couldnt go through all that therapy myself!

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?

Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible

What happens when we die?

We’re dead, but I like to think our spirit lives on in the memory of others if we are lucky

What female historical figure do you admire most?

Caroline Norton. She is often left out of the top ten great women but she campaigned for fairer divorce and custody rights for women.

Sum yourself up in three words:

Diligent, argumentative, Jewish-mother


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Actor and director Anjelica Huston is the star of numerous acclaimed films, from Prizzi’s Honour – for which she won an Oscar in 1985 – and The Addams Family to The Royal Tenenbaums. She spent much of her childhood in Ireland and starred in her legendary director father John’s celebrated 1987 adaptation of James Joyce’s The Dead. She has directed several films, including the Dublin-set Agnes Browne, in which she again showed her perfect Irish accent. Oh yes, and she was in Spinal Tap too.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ – Percy Sledge, ’66
What’s your favourite smell?
Frangipani, fresh after a warm rain
Have you ever had a nickname?
‘Jelly-bags’ (my brother), ‘Jel’ (my mother)
What is your favourite room in your house?
Bedroom
What are your guilty pleasures?
Chocolate and naps
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’m a farmer.
Who is your closest female friend?
I’ve got a few.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
My ears are pierced, twice
Where would you most like to live?
In a beautiful plantation house on a remote but ravishing tropical island
Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?
Joshua Thomas, circa ’66
What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?
Will you marry me?
What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?
Jewels
What is your favourite word?
Love
Who was your first love?
Joshua Thomas, circa ’65-’66
If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?
A dancer
Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?
Alice in Wonderland

What happens after we die?
Things go on
What female historical figure do you admire most?
Cleopatra
Sum yourself up in three words:
Hopeful, wary, animal-lover
And finally… What are you anti? What are you pro?
Anti: cruelty
Pro: gentleness and humour

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Eileen Walsh is currently playing the lead role in Medea by Siren Productions, at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin (ABSOLUT Fringe, until 25th September). Her theatre work includes Macbeth, Terminus (Abbey Theatre); The Gigli Concert (Druid); Disco Pigs (Corcadorca/Bush/Arts Theatre); Crave (Royal Court), The Drowned World (Traverse Theatre) and Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland).  Film and television credits include Eden (Best Actress Award, Tribeca Film Festival), Pure Mule, The Magdalene Sisters, When Brendan Met Trudy, Miss Julie, The Last Bus Home, The Van and 33 x Around the Sun.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

Cliff Richard/The Young Ones – Living Doll.

What’s your favourite smell?

Molecule 01.

Have you ever had a nickname?

Smallie.

What is your favourite room in your house?

The coalhole (under the stairs).

What are your guilty pleasures?

E!

What would people be surprised to know about you?

Not much.

Who is your closest female friend?

My sisters.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

Birthmark on my arm known as my teatoo (hot tea burn when I was 3).

Where would you most like to live?

In a 70s’ build, flat roof, sunken living room and I’d be happy.

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?

A very nice boy who said he’d like to teach me.

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

Did you have to work out for the role? (Medea!) Obviously an American.

What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A Kinder egg that had been tampered with so that when you put the toy jigsaw together it read I Love You.

What is your favourite word?

Wait.

Who was your first love?

I married him.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?

Apparently a dog groomer was pretty high on my list when I was 10.

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?

I bought several sisters the same book (as a student) and told them pass it on to each other… 100 Years of Solitude …no less!

What happens after we die?

We answer questions.

What female historical figure do you admire most?

Right now I’m smothered in Medea.

Sum yourself up in three words:

G.S.O.H./N.S./O.T.

And finally… What are you anti? What are you pro?

Anti-abortion

Pro- hunting…only joking.

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Babybeef is the name of the electro pop solo project of multi instrumentalist Sarah Carroll Kelly. Her music combines pure hyper-coloured unashamed 1980′s influenced FM plastic pop with darker driven sounds & undercurrents that references A-ha, New Order, Devo and the more contemporary, fresher sounds of LCD Soundsystem, The Juan MacLean, Daft Punk & Yeasayer. In 2009 she was invited by Sligo’s The Model Niland Gallery to perform as part of their New Spaces For Music programme and this year, she played a special show at The Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin as part of their BIORHYTHM exhibition. This month, she releases her debut album on After The Quake Records. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/babybeefmusic

What’s the first record you ever bought?
Technotronic’s Pump up the Jam single on cassette.

What’s your favourite smell? Fresh cut grass (makes it seem like there’s an endless teenage summer ahead, and I’m about to drink some mi-wadi and try to ready a comic without the glare of the sun bouncing back in your eyes, on a tartan blanket).

Have you ever had a nickname? Jackie (after Jackie Stallone).

What is your favourite room in your house? The sitting room. It’s full of Flea Market and vintage finds and has a gorgeous painting over the mantelpiece by Chris Jones.

What are your guilty pleasures? eBay, vintage furniture, sad stories (with happy endings), Judge Judy and Tayto.

What would people be surprised to know about you? Four songs from the album were written in two weeks. Stephen Shannon, my producer, convinced me to turn my then EP into an album.

Who is your closest female friend? My sister, Joyce.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings? Yes, several.

Where would you most like to live? Am happy where I am on my street in Kilmainham (but in another life,  I’d live in New York or Berlin).

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen? With DG in the French classroom after school.

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked? “What’s your favourite smell?”

What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received? An electric guitar from my parents when I was 15. I nearly lost the plot. Still have it and it has a great sound.

What is your favourite word? ‘Pucleimnach’ (only the Irish language could come up with a word that describes perfectly the crazy jumping and frolicking of lambs).

Who was your first love? Had a huge crush on Macgyver. I tried to watch him when he started on Stargate but he wasn’t half as hot… must’ve been the bombs made out of apples and chewing gum that impressed me.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become? I’ve been lucky enough to have worked as an artist and designer, a tutor and a musician. As long as I’m doing something creative, I’m happy.

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone? ReadyMade: How to Make [Almost] Everything. It’s an amazing book I got in the IMMA bookshop. It’s full of things to make out of rubbish like a recliner out of water bottles, mats out of clothes pegs and clocks out of chopsticks. It sounds lame, but it really makes you want to start a make-and-do session.

What happens after we die? Hopefully your mates and family have a good cry and chat about how great you were!

What female historical figure do you admire most? (Not sure if this counts: This person is relevant to me in my history) Cindy Sherman had me in a spin in art college. The constant invention and portrayal of characters and scenarios broadened what a female artist could do in my eyes. Her work helped me find my ways of working and thinking and pushed me towards performance and video. That in turn got me started on Multimedia and digital sound so without it, Babybeef wouldn’t exist.

Sum yourself up in three words: Creative, quirky and hard-working.

And finally… what are you anti? Getting unprovoked hassle from chavs. Makes me want to turn into Clint Eastwood in Gran TorinoWhat are you pro? Using empty spaces and units for pop up exhibitions and gigs. Dublin has reverted to its creative roots out of necessity. It’s the best thing to come out of recession.

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