Hey, Ben! How are you? What was the last thing you ate and what would you rate it out of ten? I’m fine, thank you for asking. The last thing I ate was some tomato and basil tortellini, and if I’m honest, they were decidedly mediocre. It’s been a long day though, so I really couldn’t be bothered with anything fancy. Had a cracking Oreo cornetto for dessert, though…
What’s your favourite book? My favourite book is Impatience Of The Heart by Stefan Zweig. It’s about a man who sees a girl sitting down at a ball and asks her to dance, failing to notice she is disabled. He then spends time in her company to atone, and she falls in love him, but even though the love is unrequited, he pities her too much to tell her this. It’s written in a richly emotive way, which made me ache inside from basically the first page; that’s Zweig’s speciality really. I read it on a beach in Corfu, and got really sunburnt because I couldn’t put it down.
What drew you to CV? I was drawn to CV firstly by their great content. It’s really great that there’s a platform for fiction writers to put their stuff out on, and it’s helped me grow in confidence as a writer. Seeing my work on Cultured Vultures was the first time I’ve ever really been proud of my writing, so thanks for that!
Where else can we find you? Well I very sporadically post stuff on a blog, but also you can hear me on Hullfire radio every Friday from 9AM bombarding the airwaves with a series of irreverent sketches, shameful anecdotes and general bonhomie. The podcast and other stuff for that can be found on the facebook page Underachiever’s Breakfast Club With BigBen and Robbo, but yeah I guess you can also find me in a pub somewhere in Hull usually…
Who would win in a fight: a kangaroo with one punching hand or a crocodile missing half of its teeth? I say croc. I reckon the ‘roo is off balance with only one arm and he’d struggle to swing low. So after each punch he struggles to regain his stance and the croc goes in at the ankles. It takes a little while longer because of the teeth thing, but he’d have the ‘roo down in about ninety seconds I think.
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