A question of taste: Angela Scanlon

ANGELA Scanlon is from Co Meath and presents RTÉ travel show, Getaways, as well as being the online presenter for The Voice UK.

Best recent book: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride. It made me weep.

Best recent film: The Theory of Everything — it’s ridiculously inspiring. It would make you feel bad about yourself if it wasn’t so feel-good!

Best recent show/exhibition/gig you’ve seen: 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.

What formats do you access music? iTunes, radio apps, Spotify.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately: Anthony and the Johnson’s ‘Bird Gerhl’; not new, but still mesmerising.

First ever piece of music or art: Guy Bourdin at Somerset House was fantastic, but Francis Bacon’s Hugh Lane exhibition is always inspiring.

TV viewing: Sporadic! I generally get stuff on catch-up. Geo-blocking is the bane of my life.

Radio listening: Apps.

Best recent holiday: 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.

Your best celebrity encounter: 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!

Tech habits: Instagram and Twitter. I shouldn’t, but I do… (@angelascanlon)

Weekend treat:

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.

Health and fitness:

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.

Unsung hero — individual or group you think don’t get the praise they deserve: 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.

You are queen for a day — what’s your first decree? I would fill empty commercial spaces with entrepreneurial spirits and empty houses with displaced people — homeless or disadvantaged.


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