Nadia Valman, author, east end enthusiast & literary academic
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.
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.
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?
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.
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