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All the best: Jane Talbot discusses her favourite things


By Kerry McKittrick

The 51-year-old lives in Ballymoney with her husband Ian and son, Odhran (17), from a previous relationship. She is the author of The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories which has been adapted for stage and will tour Northern Ireland until June.

My best moment

When I ran 203 miles unsupported around the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland in 2010. During the run, which was in a bird reserve, I felt totally at one with everything. As I made my way around the island I visited all the distilleries and each of them gave me a dram of whisky.

My best song

Cara Dillon's Spencer the Rover. I also recently took up singing lessons so my favourite song to belt out is On My Own from Les Miserables.

My best way to relax

Walking my Jack Russell terrier, Sparky by the sea.

My best bit of advice

My grandmother told me that I could do anything I put my mind to - and she was right.

My best movie

The first film in the Matrix series because it was very thought provoking. You can't help thinking, what if that were true?

My best job

Working as a community firefighter in Scotland for eight months. I wore a bleeper that could go off at 2am and I would have to race out. I fought a hill fire - they had been burning back the heather for the grouse season and it went out of control.

My best gift

A guitar given to me by my grandparents at Christmas when I was six. At the time I thought it very special, but I didn't do very much with it. When I was 18, I taught myself how to play it and during the summers in between university I went travelling. I brought that guitar with me so it, and the songs that I sang, helped me to meet lots of people and have some amazing experiences. Music is a great connector.

My best book

Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner which I read recently. It's the story of a man who got stolen away to Elfland by the fairy queen.

My best achievement

A project I took part in called 365 days of adventure in 2014 which involved having an adventure every day. I made a vlog on it which included self-composed choral pieces, hosting my own YouTube channel and starting the writing for The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories. So, indirectly, the project led to my book deal with Blackstaff Press.

My best buy

A Little Tykes car I bought for my son when he was 18 months old. He got so much joy from that toy it was incredible.

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