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Thursday, 12 November 2020




The Pivot Questionnaire comprises 10 questions. I have seen it used on the television show Inside The Actor's Studio, presented by James Lipton. Apparently Proust was the original inspiration. The modern questions originated on a French TV show called Bouillon de Culture, hosted by Bernard Pivot. I have expanded the questions to 12, and left room at the end for encouraging words.

This run of A Dozen Questions is by invitation only - 12 writers (of many) I admire. And then there's me at number 9!

(Personal note: Isabelle has done a few editing jobs on my work. She is supportive, efficient and very reasonable re fees. Highly recommended.)

Freelance Editor and Book Marketing Consultant

Managing Director of Fly on the Wall Press

Isabelle Kenyon is a northern poet and the author of  chapbooks: This is not a Spectacle, Digging Holes To Another Continent (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, New York, 2018), Potential (Ghost City Press, 2019), Growing Pains (Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd, 2020) and one short story with Wild Pressed Books (Short Story 'The Town Talks', 2020). She is the editor of Fly on the Wall Press, a socially conscious small press for chapbooks and anthologies.


Poetry Book Growing Pains:


Short Story - The Town Talks:


Poet Facebook:



 Isabelle Kenyon's Dozen Answers, and 

some encouraging words in conclusion.


Q: What is your favourite word? 


A: Discombobulated! Almost identical in Italian which amused me even more. Scombussolata(feminine)


Q: What is your least favourite word?


A: Probably ‘nice’. It doesn’t have anything definitive about it. A vague, nondescript word!


Q: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 


A: A: In a piece of writing, it might be two ideas working at the same time, so that the reader arrives at something surprising. In music, something which makes me want to dance! 


Q: What turns you off? 


A: People. No, I joke, kind of, creatively I’d say individuals who are against collaboration and fail to recognise the importance of that.


Q: What is your favourite song? 


A: I don’t think I could have just one – only 50 at least! Two Doors Down by Mystery Jets is a dance one, but I listen to a lot of latin and bachata-geared music.


Q: What is your favourite film? 


A: When Harry Met Sally – i’m sure it will never get old. 


Q: What is your favourite curse word? 


A: Numpty! Golden Northern word.


Q: What sound or noise do you love? 


A: My dog snoring is pretty funny, he has a big personality!


Q: What sound or noise do you hate? 


A: On a dog theme, he bites his ball and if he has been playing with it, it makes a squelchy saliva sound - disgusting. 


Q: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 


A: I decided not to act anymore at 19, but maybe I’d go back to that! I think studying law could have worked for me, be a long one though...


Q: What profession would you not like to do? 


A: Boris Johnston’s coffee maker.


Q: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?


A: “Would you like to see Maureen, Olga or Misty first?”


Q: Any words of encouragement for writers and writing?


A: There are no rules on motivation and when it will hit you, so be kind to yourself. 

Literary journals are super important if you want to have a book out in future – trust in their abilities to judge your work and then to lift it up 😊


Thank you Isabelle for your dozen answers

and words of encouragement.  

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