past writers.

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Amy Pattison.

Hi I’m Amy, trapped in Essex suburbia (indefinitely it seems). I live in East London, but not the cool part sadly. I love writing poetry and I used to read at open mics in the olden times before the plague, now my dog has fallen victim to my poetry readings that revolve entirely around unattainable Hollywood celebrities, he is a good audience. I chose to write for Rrramble because I fangirl whenever a new review comes out and I really wanted to be part of it! 

Your Ultimate Desert Island Disc Track: Waterloo by ABBA because I think the line ‘couldn’t escape if I wouldn’t to’ would be very apt if I was trapped on an island. I also love ABBA, like genuinely love then, not even ironically, and that song reminds me of my 21st birthday when I forced all my friends into my tiny Norwich living room and we danced in a circle around a single disco light.

Who would play you in a film of your life? Matthew McConaughey, he can do anything. He always understands the assignment.

If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? Probably the Natural History Museum in London. Last time I went there, the display with the big whale was covered in thick dust, as were a lot of the taxidermy animals, so if I could take some cleaning stuff with me I feel like I’d have a lot to keep me occupied. I also like the bit with all of the dinosaurs so that would be fun. 

If you could live inside one painting or sculpture, what would it be? Probably one of the old portraits of Marie Antoinette, I’d love to see what she was like and I’d have loads to ask her, I find her so fascinating. Also If I lived in one of those portraits I’d get to wear an 18th century French gown with priceless jewellery and a big powdered wig which I’ve always wanted to do, I kind of want to try and be an actress just so I can be in a period drama and get dressed up like that, or I’ll just throw a big fancy-dress party when things get back to normal. 

What was the last book you didn’t manage to finish? Emma by Jane Austen. I was on a real Bridgerton high and just wanted to stay in the early 19th century, I also loved the 2020 film with Anya Taylor Joy so I really wanted to finish the book but it just goes on and on and on. After a while I thought ‘alright, I get the picture’ and gave up. I’m a terrible Literature graduate. From what I read though, it was genuinely really funny and enjoyable.

Daisy Rodney.

Hi, I’m Daisy. I grew up trudging through the muddy hills of Dorset & Devon but went a little too far and ended up in London studying Theatre and Film at Brunel University. I still refuse to choose between my two great loves and have gone on to explore stage design and lighting after specialising in alternative film. Now, I’m a helicopter parent of one peace lily (Pickle) and am looking to kick off a career in arts administration after having a few weird and wonderful jobs post-graduating.  

Your ultimate desert island disc track: 

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack. This version of the song was played as the wake-up music aboard Apollo 17 on their last day in Lunar orbit before returning to earth, thus ending the last manned explorations of the Moon. I think it’d be pretty good on an island too.

What was the last book that made you cry, or laugh out loud? (or both!)

A Laugh and cry! Ghosts by Dolly Alderton, I’m heartbroken letting it go. 

If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why?

More of a museum but the V&A. There’s just so much more than I could ever see in one day, so maybe a day and a night could work? 

If you could live inside one painting or sculpture, what would it be? 

J.M.W. Turner’s Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway. Oh to be one of the people on a train to somewhere, looking moodily out into the beautiful rain. 

Who would play you in the film of your life? 

Jack Black. I know he won’t fail me. 

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Olivia Price.

Hello, I’m Olivia! I returned to my hometown of Ipswich a couple of years ago after I graduated from Kingston School of Art, where I studied fine art, which I really enjoyed! Though I don’t currently live in Norwich, it’s great to now be involved with its creative scene as it’s definitely on my radar as somewhere to eventually move to. When I’m not doing my day job as a Gallery Assistant in Colchester, I’m often doing something creative. I love discovering new music and cooking up something tasty (or at least attempting to) but I’m a printmaker at heart and recently, printmaking has become a little bit of a side hustle for me. I’m really into sharing forms of creativity with other people, so I’m excited to see what us rrramble writers get up to.   

Your ultimate desert island disc track? You & Me Song by The Wannadies. 

If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? I would love to return to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. It’s such a huge place that it’s near impossible to see everything in one visit and I didn’t manage this first time around, so the extra few hours would be pretty handy. 

If you could have written one play/novel/poem/song, what would it be and why? No doubt that it has to be ‘Holocene’ by Bon Iver. It’s an incredible song, both musically and lyrically. Listening to it just makes you really appreciate the smaller things; it’s a sincere song about happiness and the importance of staying grounded. I’d love to have the musical talent that Justin Vernon does!

What was the last book that made you cry, or laugh out loud? (or both!) The first book that springs to my mind is Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I Know About Love’. The honesty and relatability of some of the events, friendships and relationships that Dolly Alderton recounts throughout the book are really comforting, if not a little too familiar perhaps. It makes for a great read and there’s even a few recipes thrown in for good measure too!  

If you could live inside one painting or sculpture, what would it be? Does it count if I choose an artwork that’s an actual house? Because I could definitely live in Grayson Perry’s ‘A House for Essex’. In my eyes it’s a house incredible enough that it could pass as both a painting and a sculpture. 

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Saskia Reynolds.

Hi, I’m Saskia. I was brought up in south-west London, until I moved to Norwich to study English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA. Norwich has really provided me with a sense of community, both from the incredibly active arts scene and also just all of the people I’ve met, whether on my course, in one of my favourite bookshops (ahem, The Book Hive) or in a coffee shop. I’ve been a part of the Young Norfolk Arts Collective for the past year, I’ve been twice featured in the UEA Undergraduate Creative Writing Anthology, and this year I am also publishing my first zine called Word Vomit, designed to celebrate first draft poetry. I’m really into celebrating flawed things and fighting back against the need for constant perfectionism in my work. I’m also obsessed with food writing and would love to make some sort of essay collection-cookbook hybrid in the future (I love risotto, and I love talking about how much I love risotto to anyone who’ll listen). 

Your ultimate desert island disk track: Tickle Me Pink by Johnny Flynn.

Who would play you in the film of your life? Being extremely generous to myself, I’d have to say Jessie Buckley. In part because I just love her, but also because we have a similar hair colour, and I think she’d nail my generally quiet and awkward demeanor down to a T. 

If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? I’d love to go back to the Viking Museum in Oslo. I first went with my family about six years ago, and it was so magical—the museum was really small, but the main attraction was this massive viking ship in the main hall. The museum was also in the middle of nowhere, and surrounded by, what seemed to me at the time, an insane amount of snow. I’d love to just sit in there overnight and make up stories about what might’ve happened onboard when the ship was in use. 

What was the last book you didn’t manage to finish? Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. I was so excited to read this (I bought the second book as well because I was sure that I’d love it) given how much I’d enjoyed the film, but the book really brought out my inner creative writing critic; there was just too much telling and not enough showing! It was very fun, though, and I’d recommend it to anyone not cursed with a low tolerance for in-depth descriptions and adverbs. 

Have you ever heard a song that feels like it HAD to be written about you? What was it and why? Oom Sha La La by Haley Heynderickx. It’s a song about feeling self-doubt and then finding something positive to put that negative energy into, and in this case that’s deciding to grow a garden. It’s a candid and slightly chaotic song, which I think sums me up quite well. I’ve only got one houseplant to my name at the moment, but I’m working on growing my family.

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Dan Finch.

A hearty hello to one and all, I’m Dan! Born and bred in Colchester, I went and studied American and English Literature at UEA…and have been in love with Norwich ever since. My degree gave me so much – beautiful friendships, a broader appreciation of literature and even a year abroad in America (the place of my drag debut I might add!). I love to read and I listen to music constantly, but performing will always be at my heart. Having experience under my belt working with Attitude Magazine, I love the chance to absorb any and all LGBTQ+ culture. May my wit be sharp and opinions be well founded! 

Your ultimate desert island disc track: Kill The Lights by Alex Newell & DJ Cassidy with Nile Rodgers. 

If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? Hands down, it would be the Victoria & Albert Museum. A gorgeous building with an endless number of things to look at and appreciate. However, the main reason is so I could try on all the historical fashion; strut through the halls in a 1930s garment under the pale moonlight. 

What was the last book you didn’t manage to finish? I can never leave a book unfinished, but the one I’ve found the hardest to get through was Brideshead Revisited. Having enjoyed The Great Gatsby, I was half hoping Brideshead would offer something similar. However, I found it to be a little too starchy and old England for me. I pushed through because it was a birthday present from a friend, but I guess I just like my 1920s/30s to have a lot more decadence and debauchery. 

If you could have written one play/novel/poem/song, what would it be and why? Probably The Inheritance, an absolutely beautiful play by Matthew Lopez. A mix of humour with raw emotion, its discussion of the HIV/Aids Crisis and the lasting impact it’s made on the LGBTQ+ community throughout the generations is heart-wrenching. I’d love to have written it, but it’s also a dream to perform as part of its cast one day. 

What was the last book that made you cry, or laugh out loud? (or both!) The last book that made me laugh out loud…and nearly have a little cry, was Camp by L.C. Rosen. An LGBTQ+ YA novel, it was filled with so many cute yet cringey moments I just can’t help but having a giggle over (or even a mini conversation with myself out loud haha). As for the crying, it was just so wonderful to read something so inclusive and that covered such important topics about gender, sexuality and identity.

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Yangdzom Lama.

Hellooo I’m Yangdzom! I was brought up in the depths of West London, lived in a boarding school in West Sussex, and moved to Norwich for university where I studied English Literature with Creative Writing. Being so in love with London, I came back and have since focused on being an artist who makes paintings and embroideries, mainly of animals or animal-headed humans. I’ve always loved reading, writing and creating art. I don’t view these hobbies as a form of escape; instead I see them as something that enriches our lives and our world. Fun fact: ‘Yangdzom’ is a Tibetan name, loosely translating to ‘good luck to all sentient beings’.

 Your ultimate desert island disc track? Le Freak by Chic of couuuuurse. One of the best disco tunes ever made, and always gets me dancing!

If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? It would probably have to be the Natural History Museum, since I’ve always had a deep interest in the story of life on our planet. As a little girl, I loved the marine reptile fossils, so I’d be pretty content camping out by them for the night.

 What was the last book you didn’t manage to finish? I always like to finish a book, so it’s the one I’m currently reading. It’s called The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. I’m only about 200 pages into this 973-page book, but so far it’s been a good read. Would definitely recommend, especially if you fancy learning about some non-Western philosophy!

If you could have written one novel, what would it be and why? Oooh, Life of Pi I think; it was the first book that made me want to actively learn about other religions since the main character is a practising Hindu, Muslim and Christian. I remember thinking how harmonious that was, and so I read the Bible and Qur’an over the next couple of years because of Life of Pi. It would be great to have written a novel that inspires people to learn about diverse beliefs!

If you could live inside one painting, what would it be? Probably one with cats, to be honest. Can’t live without ‘em. There’s this fancy painting by Henriette Ronner-Knip of a cat and her four kittens gathered curiously around a violin. They look like they’re having fun so I wouldn’t mind joining them.

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Amy Bonar.

Hi, I’m Amy! When not working the 9-3 teaching assistant life, I like to dabble in the ‘arty’ world – although I do wonder whether bingeing the sitcom ‘Community’ can really be considered ‘cultural’. One day, I not so secretly hope to take over from Lauren Laverne as radio 6 breakfast presenter, although she would be sad to miss waking up to her dulcet tones every morning, as she’s truly an audio legend. I’m super excited to be joining the rrramble team, and get writing about the things that make life enriching.

Ultimate Desert island disc track? September – Earth, Wind & Fire. It’s a timeless disco track, and if I’m going to be stuck on an island, I want to at least be able to while away the hours having a good boogie.  

What was the last book that made you cry, or laugh out loud?  Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman. It grapples with some big themes like isolation and loneliness in our contemporary society, which makes it a pertinent lockdown read, but it’s ultimately life affirming and joyful – the kind of message to help get us through these strange times. 

Have you ever heard a song that feels like it HAD to be written about you? Tom Rosenthall’s’ Big Pot of Hummus’, simply because I’ve never heard a song be able to express so eloquently my most purest of loves for the greatest of dips.

If you could live inside one painting or sculpture, what would it be? The portrait of the Fat Lady, from Harry Potter.