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Tealight Talks - "Festival" Part 1

Each month, the editors of Tealight Press interview each other with questions based on the months theme. For this months 'Tealight Talks', Sash interviews Matt on Tealight's topic for April, "Festival."


What's the best gift you've ever given? What's the best you've received?

I love giving gifts, and I try to be as thoughtful as possible with gifts for my closest friends. I bought a full tea set from a TV show me and my best friend love, which was a cool gift to give. My favourite gift to receive is always books - I'm finding it hard to pinpoint just one I've loved receiving, but this Christmas my friend picked me books I'd never mentioned before, but that they'd researched and thought I would enjoy.

Give us the five main headlining acts performing at your dream musical festival.

Okay, here goes (this did not go the way I expected it to, I put quite a bit of thought into this and a few artists I expected to make the cut didn't) - Joanna Newsom, Kate Bush, Arca, Crystal Castles, and Dolly Parton. At least it'd be a varied festival!

Festivals often have lore and legends behind them. Can you tell us about a piece of lore from a traditional ceremony that you find interesting?

This might deviate from the question a little, but I recently watched The Wicker Man, and the burning of 'The Green Man' at The Green Man Festival in Wales springs to mind.


'The Green Man is a powerful and symbolic sculpture that stands at the centre of the award-winning festival. During the event members of the public leave their wishes and messages tied to him, before he is rigged with fireworks and burned as part of the spectacular closing ceremony. His mood, age, pose and character all change. We take inspiration from the many legends and interpretations of his character from all corners of world mythology. The sculpture always incorporates a hidden grotto space within for children and adults to explore.'


Feasts are an important part of many festivals. What's a fictional food item that always makes you feel hungry when you think about it?

Anything from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Slightly skewing the question, not fictional food, but food mentioned in fiction - it'd be remiss not to mention the Famous Five, which is the sole reason I drink ginger beer to this day.

What's been something really worth celebrating in your life this month?

I've been offered a new job that affords me lots of flexibility, which I'm using to lay some groundwork on a career I want to pursue. I'm feeling motivated and energised to put the work in.

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