Amy Ridler is a writer and English Teacher in East London, where she runs the LGBT+ society. She has written about her experiences as an ‘out’ teacher, most recently in a chapter for Big Gay Adventures in Education, published by Routledge in 2021. She has worked with the queer, feminist, live art theatre company Carnesky Productions as an associate artist since 2009 and continues to be a member of the company’s advisory board. She is currently an MA Creative Writing student at Birkbeck and writes for MIR Online.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: There are way too many. Off the top of my head, Bryher and Virginia Woolf. Then within my life time – Angela Carter, Leslie Feinberg, Audre Lorde.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘But what do you do,’ said MiMi, ‘if to be free you demolish everything around you?’
‘But if you don’t, you die?’ said Xeno.
‘Yes. If you don’t, you die.’
The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: Yes! Written On The Body by Jeanette Winterson. I have lost count of how many times I have read it. I have three copies: a signed first edition that was a birthday present from my partner, a paperback that I got signed at Edinburgh Book Festival in 2016 and my much loved and dog-eared paperback, for reading.
You try your best to hide in the crowded room; it’s nearly impossible. You clocked her the minute she came through the door. You had hoped to see her, yet now she is here you find yourself making polite excuses to leave. ‘It’s not that late! You can’t leave yet! I’ve just bought you a …