In this the first interview of the series I start with Hila Shachar. I first noticed Hila over at Pinterest because she had such interesting photos and I headed over to her blog le projet d'amour. It's a blog I follow now because of its clean and interesting format and it always has new and relevant information about the world. Hila lives in Perth, Australia - is a writer, researcher and academic.
I mentioned her book - The Elements of In-Between - in an earlier post because I thought it so interesting that she collaborated with Amy Borrell and came up with the concept of responding to the same films through writing and illustration - "...it is a small homage to the wonder of films and the ideas they inspire in those in-between moments that are neither work nor play, but creativity" So, here we have it...My questions and Hila's answers to life in her world.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Quiet, shy, sensitive, small, thoughtful.
A moment that changed my life is: Finishing my PhD.
Besides your home country, what is your favorite country? France, I feel at home there.
What is your favorite thing to do? It’s a tie between cuddling my cat, watching a film, writing, reading and sitting in my garden.
What exhibits/work/films/books do you have coming up? I’ve just finished a little book called The Elements of In-Between with Amy, and I’m completing another book to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in February of next year.
Who’s art/creativity rocks your world? I return to poets such as Sylvia Plath, e. e. cummings, Allen Ginsberg and John Keats over and over again for inspiration.
What kind of music do you listen to? Anything and everything. I do particularly like listening to classical music, my favourite is Chopin.
Where in the world you have always wanted to visit? I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights, so basically I’m dying to visit any country that will give me a glimpse of them.
If you could be any character in a movie/book/play who would you be? I rather like being myself, but if I had to choose, I would like to know what it would feel like to be Lucy Strange from Gail Jones’ novel, Sixty Lights.
What era of fashion best describes your style? 1920s.
If you could leave on a trip in 2 hours, where would you go, how would you get there and what would you pack? I’d go to Sweden, I’d travel by plane, and I’d pack plenty of woolly things to keep me warm, my ipod, books, notepads and pens.
Once you arrived at this place, which 5 people would you call to come join you and why? My other half, my brother, my parents and my best friend; because I love them and they’re all fantastic travelers.
What 5 things during your lifetime do you want to do?
1. learn to be calmer
2. travel to all the places on my wishlist
3. publish as much of my writing as I can
4. be a loyal friend
5. be kinder to myself
Things you are passionate about, can't live without…things that rock your world…I can’t live without the people I love, writing and books. I’m passionate about justice, education and equality. There are too many things that rock my world.
Something I don't know about you is: I really am quite addicted to trashy television, but hate trashy music.
What was the first concert you went to on your own dime? I honestly can’t remember – it may have been an unknown local Australian band.
What festival or sporting event do you most want to attend? Any writers’ festival – take me now!