The Novel Cure

“If I were to offer any piece of advice to a friend in need, it would be to ‘read a book’”, says Sophie Ioannou. “Nothing remedies a closed mind quite so severely as an open book”. My mother taught me very early on that a life full of books equals a well insured soul, so…

Much to-do about nothing

Trying to impose order on the chaos of our ever-busier, ever more distraction-filled modern lives, often feels like an impossible task. Happily, points out Sophie Ioannou, there is one constant, consistent presence hovering reassuringly above the randomness of our existence on whom we can always rely. Life is messy: I realised the accuracy of this…

The Creation Myth

Sophie Ioannou considers the fabled ‘perfect’ place and moment to stimulate transcendent creativity. “Inspiration has a really shitty sense of timing”, she argues… “It comes from a place that no one commands and no one conquers…” Leonard Cohen is addressing the Spanish audience at the Prince of Asturias Awards. He is explaining, in his deeply…

ZZ on the eye

I recently returned from a three month trip to California. While my boyfriend took on Hollywood in search of the longest happy hours, the meanest dive bars and the cheapest tattoo parlours, I bounced off to school to learn how to write films for the big old Hollywood screen. There was nothing about our aims…