Q & A with Eddi Reader

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Eddi Reader is known for her work with Fairground Attraction and her solo career.

She was born in Glasgow, the daughter of a welder and the eldest of seven children. In 2003, she recorded an album of material by Robert Burns with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In the 2006 New Years Honours List, she was awarded the MBE for services to music. Her eighth studio album, Peacetime, was released in January. She lives in Glasgow's west end with her partner John and her two sons. (www.eddireader.co.uk)

How would you describe your home style?

Chaotic, messy with little calm areas.

Ever had a decorating disaster?

I paid a guy up front to do my kitchen and he left without finishing. His name was Alex.

What is your most treasured possession?

I don't own too much - perhaps I treasure the company of my kids.

If you could spend a weekend with anybody, who would it be?

My kids and my newborn nieces.

What has been your greatest extravagance at home?

A little hand-painted cupboard with flowers - red and orange on a black background. It has maps, stamps and postcards on it.

What childhood memories do you have of home life?

Many of various style, shape and impact - mostly warm and treasured.

Where do you spend most of your time at home


In the kitchen or on the living-room couch.

What can't you live without?

My family.

Where else would you like to live


New York, Mendocino (California) and Paris.

What do you do to relax?

Play video games and bathe.

What is your most-hated household chore?

Washing clothes and ironing.

Do you prefer to cook or be cooked for?

Be cooked for, but there are some good meals I've managed and enjoyed getting kisses for.

What do you keep by your bed?

Books, glasses and water.

Are you a tidy-upper, or do you prefer to let it all hang out?

I have an ongoing war between my tidy head and my 'I cannae be bothered' head - the latter always wins.

Sanded floors or shagpile carpet? Wallpaper or paint? Colour or neutrals?

All of it is great, and I am always up for redecoration.

What has been your best buy for the home


The vacuum cleaner - a Vax.

Describe your ideal night in


Me and my boys watching a big adventure film.

What makes you happy?

Knowing that the ones I love are content and the ones I don't know will ever be striving for personal peace and forgiveness in their lives. k


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