Duncan Beedie on elbows, aircrafts and annuals…
Barnes Children’s Literature Festival: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Duncan Beedie: As my dad was in the RAF, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. I got to see lots of jets roaring through the sky as a child.
BCLF: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
DB: ‘Keep your elbows in’. It works for a great many scenarios.
BCLF: And the worst?
DB: ‘Drinking an entire bottle of Jim Beam over 24 hrs is a good cure for flu’. (I assure you… it isn’t.)
BCLF: My favourite word is …
DB: ‘Remittance’ (one my fellow freelance author/illustrators will appreciate, I’m sure.)
BCLF: My greatest fear is…
DB: Dying horribly.
BCLF: My hidden talent is…
DB: As a kid living near air bases, I can now identify pretty much any military aircraft at a glance. Geeky, I know!
BCLF: Favourite book as a child?
DB: Any of the Major Tom & Oddball series by Peter Longden. My 1985 Banana-Man annual was very precious to me as well.
BCLF: Who is your favourite literary villain?
DB: I wouldn’t say ‘favourite’ due to the inexplicable level of evil they represent, but the Trio from Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Outer Dark’ are the characters whose villainy has scared (and scarred) me the most.
BCLF: Tell us a joke…
DB: It’s a puerile one, but it might just pass the decency threshold! Here goes….
Why did the baker have brown hands?
Because he kneaded a poo.