Who are you and what do you do?
I am Cathy Olmedillas, founder of The Anorak Press, publishers of the happy mag for kids,
Anorak Magazine. As I run Anorak on my own, every day is different: some days I do marketing,
invoicing or sales and others I plan issues, commission artists, or write.
What is your favourite sound?
The crunch that autumn leaves make when you step on them.
What/who inspires you on a daily basis?
My son and his eccentric thoughts, memories of my childhood and books.
Boris or Ken?
Ken because he was the one who introduced free entry to all museums, which makes London
a very special place. (But the bendy buses were a disaster.)
What books did you like as a child?
Noddy, Famous Five, Babar and Tintin.
Do you have a special talent?
I can make a very realistic turtle face.
What are you currently reading?
I have just finished London Lore (The Legends and Traditions of the World's Most Vibrant City
by Steve Roud which is like a guide of superstitions, weird events and legends that have occurred
in London. I am about to start The People's Act of Love by James Meek, which sounds like it is a
brutal tale set in the early 1900s in Siberia.
Who makes you laugh?
My son, Father Ted, Basil Faulty, Monty Python & Spike Milligan.
What has been your favourite issue to date?
It's always the one I am working on. In terms of past issues, the FRIENDSHIP issue because it is an
interesting subject, the VIKINGS issue because we were very lucky to visit the Vikings Museum in Denmark
to 'research it' and the ANIMALS edition because it looks so lovely!
A busy year ahead with five Anorak editions, two PLOC, a Super Heroes colouring book for older kids,
a second episode of ANORAK TV and a book project which I can't talk about yet.
Thank you so much Cathy. You're answers have been delightful and we're seriously looking
forward to the new editions plus the Superhero colouring in book! Awesomeness!
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