Elizabeth Chats with…Simon Hall[My guest this month is a broadcaster, a reporter, a novelist, a speaker and an all-round nice guy. I’ve seen Simon Hall present heart-rending reports on BBC Spotlight; enthuse school children to be junior reporters; and make an audience crack up with his tales of frozen road-kill and talking to the WI. I found him utterly believable in each situation.]
|Simon Hall in his beloved Exeter|
My notebooks with all my ideas for books, stories, characters and teaching. My hedgehog, Bert – he’s been with me since university and is a great companion. And lastly, my wonderful collection of awful ties.
|A collection of which Simon is justifiably proud…|
Colleton Crescent, Exeter – because it’s so symbolic of my home city, with wonderful views of the river – a fantastic place to stop for a few minutes and reflect, or just to enjoy the spectacle.
|The view from Colleton Crescent at dusk|
Telling all my friends and family how much they meant, and all they did for me.
Mexican food, in a traditional pub setting. Spicy cuisine and real ale; an all round winner for me.
Being forced to eat semolina at a great height.
|Bert the Hedgehog may not agree…|
And my answer: My father. For his gentleness, his wit and humour, his warmth, his principles and most of all, his love. He set me out in the world so very well, taught me so much and I shall miss him always.