Nydia Hetherington grew up in Leeds in the north of England and moved to London in her twenties to start an acting career. She studied at a renowned French theatre school and went on to create her own theatre company. Her debut novel, A Girl Made of Air, was published in September.
Interview starts at 12 minutes.
Love Struck by Bronwyn Sell
Perfect for pretending you were allowed to travel to an exotic tropical location for summer this year.
The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr (with an extra cheeky recommendation for Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller)
Perfect for anyone who is fascinated about why we as humans love a good story.
In this interview, we chat about:
- Folklore and myths from Nydia’s childhood on the Isle of Man
- How Nydia developed the novel over 6 years through short pieces while studying creative writing
- The unusual storytelling format of A Girl Made of Air and how it became an obsession for Nydia
- How Nydia’s writing was influenced by her experience and life as a performer
- Pulling back the curtain on the world of circus
- The research Nydia did into the world of Freak Shows and Coney Island
- What Coney Island is like now
- Creating during UK lockdown and feeling distanced from any writing
- Shielding in the UK lockdown and living with anxiety
Books and other things mentioned
- The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
- Freaks by Tod Browning
Follow Nydia @nydiamadeofair. A Girl Made of Air is available now in the UK and Australia.
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*Note: Michelle received a PR copy of A Girl Made of Air from Quercus Books.