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Hattie Edmonds

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In her own words, it's been a "funny old path" that has led Hattie Edmonds to discover work that she both loves and that "might make a smidgeon of a difference".

The journey began in a very conventional, conservative family, before swinging heavily to the left (bartending in Europe; writing for German pop magazines; getting career advice from psychics; developing comedy material for the likes of Armando Iannucci and Steve Coogan) and eventually leading her to write about subjects that merge the spiritual and scientific.

Now the author of two novels ("The Spectacular Vision of Oskar Dunkelblick" and "Cinema Lumière"), Hattie also volunteers as a copywriter for two charities. One, Global Generation, focuses on environmental education; the other, Refettorio Felix, is a community restaurant for the homeless set up by Michelin star chef Massimo Bottura.

Why do you do what you do?

With the books it’s the stories that motivate me, both of which have a slight Buddhist undercurrent. One is about a cinema with one seat where you are shown a film of your life and the other is about a pair of glasses which enable the viewer to see ‘reality’, not the personal projection that we usually see.

Charity-wise, like any a sane person today, I’m passionate about giving our planet the best possible chance: whether that’s by reducing food waste (and at the same time, feeding those who really need it), or educating school children about how they can make a big difference (although many school children are already taking the lead on this one).

What's the one thing that your work has taught you that you wish everyone knew?

Writing and having the two novels published has definitely taught me that patience, passion and perseverance pay off – in the end.

What book or resource do you find most inspiring at the moment?

Leap of Perception’ by Penney Peirce probably tops my current book list. I’m fascinated by where science and spirituality overlap and this one nails it.

What are your plans or ambitions for the next 6 months?

Plans for next six months include being a part of a new community space in the gardens behind the British Library. Stories will be central to what this space (and hopefully I) offer, whether that’s helping others to write, collating the personal memories of those living in the area, or setting short story competitions for local school children.

What's your breakfast of choice? 

I’m a pretty predictable breakfaster: granola, yoghurt, fruit (weekdays) and eggs, then croissants (preferably with blackberry jam) at weekends. Coffee with that lovely oat milk Barista edition!

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