Q&A: Lynda Tavakoli

Lynda Tavakoli, 58, teaches in a local Primary School and is also a freelance writer. She will be teaching a new class in Creative Writing in the new term at the Island Arts Centre starting on Wednesday January 29 at 10am.

Lynda Tavakoli

What do you like doing on your day off?

Get out into the garden, do some writing, play squash; but not necessarily in that order.

If you were to choose your favourite meal what would it be, where and why?

Anything with seafood as I generally don’t eat meat. ‘The Square Bistro’ has a really good seafood night on a Friday but failing that I might opt for a Taverna overlooking the Aegean!

What has been your proudest moment?

Winning my first Cap for Irish Squash on my 50th

What was the most frightening moment of your life?

My son has a nut allergy and suffered anaphylactic shock during an evening out. Thankfully he got to the Lagan Valley in time for them to treat him successfully.

How would you describe your taste in clothes?

I like to dress comfortably at school as I’m sitting on tiny chairs for most of the day. But I’d like to think I’m reasonably smart until I get home!

What would you do if you won a million pounds?

Pay off the mortgage and try to make a difference in other people’s lives with the rest.

What music do you like?

Einaudi, Beth Neilson-Chapman, Leonard Cohen and most things in between except heavy metal.

Describe your best ever holiday. What would your dream holiday be?

Best holiday was a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. Dream holiday is anywhere with my family.

If you could spend a day with a celebrity whom would you choose?

Alistair Appleton from Escape to the Country because he has a kind, sweet manner and would be delightful company I’m sure.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you want with you?

A photograph of my family, paper and a pen.

Favourite things

Car: The new BMW 4 series

Film: The Notebook or Sea Biscuit

Comedian: Steve Carell

CD: Don Mc Clean’s greatest hits

Book: ‘Star of the Sea’ by Joseph O’Connor

Actor: Christopher Walken

Actress: Meryl Streep

Drink: Pouilly Fuisse.