Sixty Seconds with Jay Griffiths

Sixty Seconds with Jay Griffiths

What means home to you?

Hestia, goddess of the hearth, whose emblem is a kettle

Is there anywhere else in the world you could see yourself living?

Anywhere except Surbiton. Nothing personal.

Something you miss when you’re away?

My kitten who was named Otter because he arrived on the Day of the Otter, according to the French Revolutionary Calendar

One thing that always puts you in a good mood?

Finding the way in which words are related to each other, so ‘tree’, for example, is related to ‘trust’ and ‘true.’

Your go-to, to relax?

The complete microprinted edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.

A recent book you’ve enjoyed, that you’d recommend to others?

Shirley Jackson ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’

And as we’ll be at The Bedford… Your favourite tipple from the bar?

Lager. Red wine, anything except Merlot which tastes like cold steel and ought to be illegal. Nothing personal.

Tristimania: Jay Griffiths in conversation with Professor Simon Wessely is at 17.00 on Sunday 11th June