Nadia Valman, author, east end enthusiast & literary academic

Nadia Valman at her desk Nadia Valman at her desk. Portrait ©Michelle Marshall

 


 

 

Nadia Valman, 47, was born in London and studied English literature at Cambridge University. She worked operating the autocue for BBC News before completing her doctorate on Jewish Literature. She has written and edited several books and works as senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London.

She is currently researching the literature of the East End, leading literary walks in London (including a twilight walk through Soho as part of the Inside Out Festival) and is designing a mobile app about Whitechapel in the 1890s.

In her spare time she likes contemporary ballet and circus and to pore over old maps. She lives with her husband Adam (also an academic) and their two sons in North London.

Books everywhere Books everywhere in Nadia's house

 

WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY?

Sitting on a seesaw at nursery with my best friend Harriet discussing our favourite TV programme, Crackerjack.

WHERE WAS YOUR LAST HOLIDAY?

Silba, a traffic-free island in Croatia.

WHICH SALT-WATERS DO YOU WEAR?

Originals in red and shiny purple.

Nadia's latest book Nadia's latest book

 

 

WHERE IS THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACE YOU'VE WORN THEM?

To go down into the Orgnac Caves in the Ardeche, France - vast dripping prehistoric caverns full of strange crystal formations.

WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON?

Frida Kahlo

Frida and a flower fairy on the mantle piece Frida and a flower fairy on the mantle piece

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

The emigrants by W.G Sebald (but Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway is a close second).

 

WHAT WAS THE LAST MUSIC GIG YOU WENT TO?

I recently went to see some friends of mine performing Cockney-Yiddish music hall songs with their band Katshan'es at Chats palace in Homerton.

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

A blustery spring day, very good coffee and reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books, which I adored as a child, to my own children.

WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP?

Toast, Old Spitalfields Market, Shimco (Muswell Hill), Bensimon, Muji, Indish (Crouch End) and Daunt's Bookshop.

Saltwater UK Saltwater Inspirational Women 7 November 2014

 

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE?

'Though she be but little, she is fierce' William Shakespeare "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Photography by ©Michelle Marshall

www.michelle-marshall.com

 

 

 

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