Interviews

Quick-Fire Q&A With Kirsty Turbott – Co-Founder of The Notable Blog

Kirsty by Ellie 

Kirsty and I met in our first year at Oxford Brookes University where we both studied English Literature and Drama. Over the past 3 years, our friendship has flourished, we have collaborated on many productions and we now work together on producing content for The Notable Blog. During the last two weeks, we have taken it in turn to interview each other and this week it was my turn to interview Kirsty with a series of quick-fire questions. We love to show and tell you all about the “faces” behind The Notable, so we hope that you enjoy finding out a little more about Kirsty in this blog post… 

Comfy clothes or dressing up? 

I love dressing up, even if I have nowhere to go. 

Christmas or Birthday? 

Christmas 

Novels or play? 

Novels

Favourite colour? 

Pink

Dream home location?

New York

Favourite book? 

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. I read it for the first time as one of my GCSE texts and while I didn’t love it initially, I’ve re read it so many times and each time it gets better! It’s the kind of book where you don’t really know what’s going on until the end which I love. The characters are also really relatable which – without giving too much away – is what makes the book so incredible. Definitely 100% recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it. I could literally talk about how good it is for hours! 

I also really love The Hunger Games and dystopias in general, and I have to admit that my guilty pleasure is definitely Twilight… 

Favourite film? 

I have quite a few but I love a good rom-com like When Harry met Sally, The Proposal or The Holiday. I also love anything like 13 Going on 30 (basically anything with nice clothes set in New York!!) I also love The Great Gatsby and Harry Potter and one film that always makes me laugh is Just Go With It with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Lawrence. I love films so I couldn’t possibly pick just one. 

Favourite fashion brand? 

If I could buy any designer dress it would have to be a Roland Mouret dress. They are so sophisticated and elegant. I also love Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta and Alexander McQueen.

Night in or night out? 

A few months ago I would have said night in, but I really miss going out for drinks or dinner and getting dressed up, especially at the moment as we’re getting closer to Christmas. 

Favourite cocktail? 

I can’t say what it’s called because it has a really inappropriate name, but I think it’s made with Bailey’s, Vodka, coffee liqueur and some other things. 

Favourite play? 

Again, as a drama graduate I should probably know more plays, but I think one of my favourites to perform (had we been able to actually perform it) would have been Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour. I also really like it when classic plays like Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale are redone in modern settings, or older plays are edited slightly such as Kneehigh’s production of Dead Dog in a Suitcase which was based on a much older play by Brecht. 

Three dream tea party guests? 

This is actually a much harder question that I thought… 

I would definitely invite Tom Hanks because I love him and I feel like he would have lots of great stories to tell. 

I would also invite Tina Brown who was the editor of Vanity Fair in the 80s and I am currently reading her book The Vanity Fair Diaries and it is probably one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read. She has literally met everyone and casually name drops everyone from Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Lady Dianna, to Martin Scorsece, Steven Spielberg and Jack Nicholson. 

And then Reece Witherspoon because I think she would just be an amazing tea party guest. 

Gym or home work out? 

Home – the gym scares me. 

Summer or winter? 

Winter

Tea or coffee? 

Coffee

What keeps you motivated?

I think it’s hard to stay motivated when you don’t have something you have to achieve. For example at school or university you are motivated by the fact that you need to do well to get good grades, but when you leave education, suddenly no one is telling you what you have to do and I think not having that guidance is hard. So, to stay motivated I set myself targets and goals and vary them between really achievable goals that I can get done in a few hours, and then much more ambitious targets that might take a few weeks or months to accomplish. Having something to work towards and then being able to look back at the progress I have made is essentially how I stay motivated. 

For example, in terms of The Notable, looking back at where we were a few months ago to now, definitely gives me motivation to keep going and see what we can achieve! 

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