Before speaking at this weekend’s Being A Man festival, poet, performer and writer Paul Lyalls takes part in our BAM Q&A.
Why is a festival like BAM a good idea?
It creates a chance to show another side to being a man – a deeper side.
What motto do you live your life by?
Carpe post meridian – seize the afternoon.
What would be your speciality pub quiz subject?
What makes you feel most like a man?
The memories of carrying my daughters when they were little.
If you could have a super power what would it be?
The ability to convert old sports socks into doll dresses in seconds.
When did you last cry?
At the very end of The Book Thief.
Who’s the hero or role model in your life?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Re-watching Leeds United win the title 91/92 season on an old VHS I found in a charity shop.
What book, film or performance changed your life?
Seeing performance poetry live for the first time at Apples and Snakes in Covent Garden.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Always face your deckchair towards the sea.
As part of Being A Man festival, Paul Lyalls speaks at ‘The Beautiful Game’ talk on Sun 29 Nov, which explores the positive and negative aspects of the forms of masculinity created by football.