Eithne Cullen 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.
What 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!”