A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride. It made me weep.
The Theory of Everything — it’s ridiculously inspiring. It would make you feel bad about yourself if it wasn’t so feel-good!
Dan Owen. I recently spent an afternoon with a friend in the Royal Albert Hall, watching a young Dan Owen cast his spell over an utterly mesmerised audience.
A 22-year-old from Shropshire who learned to play guitar aged nine, he’s got a voice like gravel steeped in whiskey.
He’s a one-man band with a bang of Bob Dylan.
Singing the blues with a voice that does not look like it belongs to him, I beg you to hunt him down. This is special.
iTunes, radio apps, Spotify.
: Anthony and the Johnson’s ‘Bird Gerhl’; not new, but still mesmerising.
: Guy Bourdin at Somerset House was fantastic, but Francis Bacon’s Hugh Lane exhibition is always inspiring.
: Sporadic! I generally get stuff on catch-up. Geo-blocking is the bane of my life.
I spent a few days in Kenmare at the beginning of the month. I wanted to stay forever.
Sheen Falls, Teddy O’Sullivan’s for mussels on the water, Crowley’s for drinks, and Packie’s for dinner. I even learned how to make chocolate, at Lorge Chocolatiers.
Will.i.am (a man and a hyperlink).
And Kanye West — not in Cork, but I interviewed him in London a few years back during fashion week. I thought he was Craig David!
Instagram and Twitter. I shouldn’t, but I do… (@angelascanlon)
Brunch! I make a really decent bloody mary and shakshuka eggs, which is basically a giant pan full of tomatoes and spices and peppers, with eggs poached in the sauce, served with lumps of sourdough bread, Greek yogurt and homemade guacamole. It’s my favourite meal of the week, with friends or family around digging into the pot and I’m as happy as can be.
My approach with pretty much everything is quite extreme, so I’m either torturing myself doing an ‘iron man’ (the short one) or Hell and Back, or sitting on the couch eating chips, talking about how fit I used to be.
: Mind Yourself, a London-based charity that looks after Irish people in London. I’m fortunate to be able to travel home a lot for work, but many of the previous generation are isolated and lonely.This charity provides a community for people when home feels a million miles away.
I would fill empty commercial spaces with entrepreneurial spirits and empty houses with displaced people — homeless or disadvantaged.