5 minutes with….

Curator and host of award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari and founder of The Polari First Book Prize, Paul Burston takes the stage for London Book & Screen Week’s 5-minutes with…

What was the last book you read?
Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre.

And what did you read it on?
Kindle—a must when you’re constantly travelling.

What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?
Right now it’s Room. I doubt I’ll see a better film this year.

Which writer would you have loved to have met–and why?
Oscar Wilde—to see if he truly was as witty in real life as he was in his work.

What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
Happy Valley—isn’t everyone?

Go on, let us know your musical guilty pleasure….
Barbra Streisand’s ‘Guilty’ album, of course. “And I’ve got nothing to be guilty of. ..”

…and one from the world of fiction?
Jacqueline Susann—the original purveyor of bonk-busting fiction and still the best.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
All He Ever Wanted Was Everything.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
James Norton—or, if he wasn’t available, Julie Walters.

Who has been your greatest inspiration, and why?
David Bowie. He taught me how to dream, and opened my mind to whole new worlds.

Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulBurston and join him at a special @PolariSalon. But HURRY – tickets are selling out very fast! 


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