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Inside/Out with Annie Holmes, writer, filmmaker & Communication Director for International Feminist Network, JASS
Kubatana.net
September 03, 2008

Describe yourself in five words?
Tall. Queer. Talented. Loyal. Unsettled.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Make space for writing

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Just the one?

What is your most treasured possession?
Laptop (memory)

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
No right of appeal

Do you have any strange hobbies?
No. I swear!

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Well, if I tell you, you'll look at my teeth whenever we meet

What is your greatest extravagance?
Books and travel. Or maybe time

What have you got in your fridge?
Blueberries, eggs, vegetable broth

What is your greatest fear?
Responsibility without power

What have you got in your pockets right now?
No pockets!

What is your favourite journey?
Away. Or, alternatively, home

Who are your heroes in real life?
Hope Chigudu. Alice Munro. Everjoice Win. Colleen Crawford-Cousins. Judith Butler. My mum. Lorrie Moore. Simon Nkoli. Sekai Holland. Writers, activists, feminists, thinkers. Many . . .

When and where were you happiest?
1980s Harare. Or is that the glow of nostalgia? Late 1970s Cape Town University. Or was that the glow of youth? 1998 making TV in Durban. 2004 writing in Vermont with snow outside. I don't know. Every third or seventh day?

What's your biggest vice?
Procrastination

What were you like at school?
Shy

What are you doing next?
Heading home

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