Meeting Eithne Cullen – Hysteria 2015 Judge

eithne cullen

Eithne is a writer of poems and short stories, however she feels her ability as a reader has been established longer than her writing, and is something she thinks of as a skill rather than a hobby. For 35 years she was an English secondary school teacher and as a result has often been called on to assess, admire and feedback on all kinds of writing.

Eithne has been a member of her book club since 1992…long before they became “trendy.”; and has also taken part, as a student, in courses including those run by Spread the Word, City Lit and the Bishopsgate Institute.

eithne cullenWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I secretly want to win quiz shows on telly. I’d like to go back to uni for University Challenge and wish the Bernie the Bolt feature was still on nowadays; I wouldn’t want to win a boat on Bullseye, though.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Yes, sometimes I’ll change the characters names to get a rhythm, I recently called an adult who had been a bully at school “Alan Hardy” someone commented on what a good name it was. I also like the way that JK Rowling used place names like Dudley Dursley to get the feel of her characters just right.

Have you ever written naked?

No but I do most of my writing in my blue fleecy dressing gown. My ideas seem better after a good night’s sleep.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Miranda Hart for her looks, Glenda Jackson for her politics.

Are you jealous of other writers?

I’m only jealous of their fame and fortune. I am only jealous of the glittering prizes they win. I am only jealous of the way they get their ideas and make me say: “I wish I’d thought of that!”

1 comment

  1. I like the interview particularly the way Eithne Cullen answers the last question on jealousy. I want to call this ‘positive jealousy’; which can lead to healthy competition.

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