Ten Questions: Graeme Hawley

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Graeme Hawley, 33, is a poet. He lives in the city centre and is set to publish his second collection of verse, entitled Every Day Things.

1 What is your earliest memory of Edinburgh? It would be having the time of my life at Joy nightclub.

2 What are your memories of school? I went to Saddleworth School in Oldham, Greater Manchester, and my memories of that time are Matthew and Ian – they were excellent friends and still are and I always think of the fun we had together.

3 Where is your favourite place in Edinburgh and why? I love the old museum building on Chambers Street because of how it looks inside when it's lit up at night and because I like the fish.

4 What are the best things about Edinburgh? I love the people I know here, the access to the East Lothian countryside, the colour of the stonework, the Botanics, and the fact that you can walk around the city easily.

5 What would you change about the city? I resented the construction of the new Scottish Parliament building when they could have used the High School and St Andrew's House. I love modern buildings but the new building just looks like it is trying too hard.

6 Describe a perfect Edinburgh day/night out. It would be T-shirt weather and I would be cycling around the city, listening to my iPod, stopping off at the Botanics with my partner and my friends.

7 Which sports interest you? I enjoy watching winter sports because snow is fun and because all of these sports are about technique, discipline, and movement. I prefer individual sports to team sports.

8 What was your most embarrassing moment? The only thing that comes to mind was getting really drunk just once at an occasion when I became boisterous.

9 What is your greatest achievement? To date, remortgaging was the most significant thing I've done because it saved me and my partner from going under. Otherwise, I hope that my greatest achievements are still to come. I was quite proud the first time I flew. I felt that I had cheated death. I was the same when I got on the London Eye. We put a lot of faith in design, nuts and bolts.

10 Sum up Edinburgh in three words. Took me in.