Our newest member of the team, Emma Clements has joined us this year. I was able to interview her and find out what inspired her during the lockdown.
Where do you live?
London born and bred (with dual English/Irish nationality), now living in Carshalton, Surrey.
When I’m not dipping into the shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize, you’ll find me out in the woods with my two sprocker spaniels, Dennis and Jeff.
Favourite thing to do at the weekend?
Spending a whole day in the kitchen, cooking vast elaborate roast dinners for friends and family.
Most memorable play, film, book or musical etc?
The first play I saw as a GCSE drama student was Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge starring Michael Gambon in 1987. I can still remember his performance, which ignited a lifelong love of theatre. I also adored Ivo Van Hove’s 21st-century production with Mark Strong at the Young Vic some 30 years later!
Best job you’ve ever had?
Every year I manage the Booktop Marquee at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival – a volunteer-run event that features some of the UK’s finest children’s authors. It’s great seeing hundreds of noisy children getting over-excited about books, and also having a chance to meet some incredible writers and illustrators including Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson and Axel Scheffler.
Worst job and why?
When I was a student, I worked in a local bakery for minimum wage and all the donuts I could eat. I put on over a stone.
What’s inspired you during lockdown?
Volunteering for Sutton Foodbank highlighted the huge social inequality in the UK and inspired me to continue to support the Trussell Trust in its mission to end food poverty.
Why did you want to join LC + CC?
The arts face an unprecedented crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in order to survive will need the support and expertise of established companies such as London Calling and Culture Calling. I’m thrilled to add my own 20-plus years of experience in arts marketing to that cause.