60s pop culture: I wrote my master’s thesis on Oz magazine and the development of underground culture in the ‘60s. Great fun.
Absolute Beginners: My favourite book. Ever. It’s by Colin MacInnes, and it was made itnto a terrible film in the ‘80s, but the book is funny and cool and heartbreaking and everyone should read it.
adrian tomine:Have you read his comic, Optic Nerve? You should have. It’s like Raymond Carver for 20 something sort-of-hipsters.
alan moore: A comics genius, ever since his 2000AD days. “Mind the oranges, Marlon!”
a little princess: my favourite book as a kid. I named my diary Sara after Sara Crewe when I was 11!
alt-country A fine musical genre.
amélie: A truly adorable film. I want to live in Amelie’s apartment. Wonderful music too.
angela carter: she’s been one of my favourite authors for a long time. The Magic Toyshop is a fucking brilliant book - the right mixture of beauty and nastiness.
antonia forest: a wonderful children’s author, who is sadly mostly out of print these days. She wrote what are probably the best school stories ever.
apples in stereo: a very poppy American band. Friends of my ex-boyfriend, which is how I first heard them.
april march: a modern American ye-ye singer. She hasn’t released anything for a while, so I wish she’d do something new.
beastie boys: nothing has ever topped the majesty of the ‘Sabotage’ video.
beck: he rocks. I saw him play in the courtyard of Dublin Castle just before I left college, and it was one of the most entertaining things I've ever seen in my life.
bikini kill: reject all american!
bitch magazine: my favourite magazine these days, even though they have rejected two of my story ideas. Grrrrr.
buffy/ buffy the vampire slayer: the best television programme ever made. One of my favourite things in the world.
charles dickens: I’m always surprised that so many people hate Dickens. I love him. Come on, he’s so funny!
chicklit.com: one of my favourite places on the web, and where I met most of my favourite people-I’ve-never-met-in-real-life.
children's literature: a genre I’ve never stopped reading.
comics: what’s not to love about comics? I’ve been reading and writing them for my entire life, and while I started off reading my dad’s vintage DC ones, I’m really an indie-comics geek.
connie willis: a wonderful writer. The Doomsday Book is one of the most moving books I’ve ever read. And what’s not to love about To Say Nothing of the Dog?
dame darcy: spooky crazy pictures. My absinthe icon is by her. For more, go here
daniel clowes: Ghost World. Eightball. Creepily brilliant.
dublin: where I’m from and where I live.
e.nesbit: I love, love, love E. Nesbit. She writes perfect books.
elephant 6: a collective of freakily cool American psych-pop bands.
ella fitzgerald: God, I wish I could sing like her. She nails every emotion in every song, and without loads of show-offy vocal acrobatics. Today’s R’n’B divas, from Mariah to (gag)Xtina, who equate being able to sing with freakish vocal range could learn a lot from Ella.