Laura’s reading adventures began with copies of Twinkle Magazine and a viewing of Mary Poppins in a glorious old cinema with velvet seats and huge curtains fueled her love of film. She’s not sure where her love of music started but a dose of good music daily has become as essential as breathing. After spending about four years mainly dressing-up and making tea underground in UCD for Dramsoc, Laura also managed to go to enough tutorials and lectures and sit enough exams to gain a degree in English and History before working very hard for a year doing a post grad in Arts Administration – this qualification has been put to very good use over the years in places as diverse as The Olympia Theatre, The Ark, Airfield, The Bankers Union and in her current role in the wealth management firm Quilter Cheviot. Since an early age Laura has used the very clever trick of bringing baked goods to social gatherings – this ensures she is quite often invited for second and third visits. Laura still very much enjoys spending time in dark rooms watching films or watching the heads of tall people bopping along to music played by bands she likes listening to, she also enjoys sitting in well lit rooms reading books and occasionally writing about how much she has enjoyed them for Inis Magazine.
Ronia the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren. I read this when I was about 9 or ten and adored visiting the wonderful world created by Astrid Lindgren – a forest inhabited not only by the fearless Ronia, who was born in a thunderstorm and her family of robbers but also by trolls, gnomes and terrifying harpies. As an only child until the age of ten I loved that Ronia was part of a big clan with lots of people to look after her but I also loved how independent she was. Her friendship with Birk, the son of the leader of a rival robber clan is brilliantly drawn. It’s a fantastic story and the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day. I was delighted to learn that the cat in the house where I lived for a summer in Germany was named Ronia after the character in the book!
Top Five Favourite Children’s Books:
Milly Molly Mandy stories by Joyce Lankester Brisly
An Ordinary Princess by MM Kaye
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton