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Tuesday 25 August 2015

12 Curly Questions with Author and Poet Harry Laing

KBR warmly welcomes the lovely Harry Laing, poet and kid-rapper extraordinaire (yes, KBR has seen him in action!) with his 12 Curly Questions.

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I hate wearing a watch so I carry one round in my pocket. With half a strap attached.

2. What is your nickname?
It might be hard to believe but I don’t have one. I’m not answering to ‘Hazza’.

3. What is your greatest fear?
Forgetting my words on stage.
4. Describe your writing style in 10 words.
Concise, energetic, lyrical, nifty, crisp, dynamic, humorous. I’m a poet: we do things with less words.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Passionate, curious, fun, wacky, tall.

6. What book character would you be and why?
Little Lord Fauntleroy. Because that’s what my wife calls me when I’m being annoying.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
1769. Then I could see what this country looked like before Captain Cook got here.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Got any chocolate fudge? How about a Curlie-wurlie? Tootie-Frooties? (I grew up in Scotland.)

9. Who is your greatest influence?
This is too hard. Buddha.

10. What/who made you start writing?
I started writing about aged five. I’m sure it was hearing stories and poems that made me want to have a go. My head was probably humming with words. I was a big talker so it was a natural step to write something down.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Cake. Do I need to explain?

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life what would it be?
A good one, I hope.

Harry’s brand new, clever, and very funny book, Shoctopus, is out now. See his website www.harrylaing.com.au for more.

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