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Click to read one of my first short stories, written in 1992 when I was 12. It's in French... a Christmas origin story!

The last and hardest piece I performed as a soloist while training at the Conservatoire du Valais under Cornel Borse was Viotti's Concerto No 22 in A minor. Click to watch a performance of it.

I just love orchids and try to have as many as possible.

I played the violin from the age of 7 until I was 18. During that time, I preformed as a soloist and in orchestras. The hardest piece I ever played and performed is somewhere on this board.

My first tattoo was a nod to Maya Angelou. Her poem 'Still, I rise' is one of my favourites. Click to see the tattoo.

Jessie is our 6 year old German Shepherd. She's uncooperative, wilful, cantankerous, and the best dog anyone could ever wish for.

I grew up in Valais, a Canton in Switzerland. I lived and went to school in the valley, but spent a lot of time in the mountains. I'm in my happy place hiking any of the "bisse" trails, or reaching a mountain top on a sunny summer's day.

I was a ski instructor, working during my school holidays between the ages of 14 and 18.

These are the places I've been to - and I can't wait to see more. I haven't been able to really travel for a few years, and I miss it!

While at school in Norway, at the RCNUWC, I learnt how to SCUBA dive. I loved it so much I went every day and qualified as a PADI Rescue Diver.

Dirty Dancing was one of my favourite movies growing up. I first watched it with my friends when I was 11 and spent the next 5 years practicing for the final dance in front of the mirror.When I worked as a runner for HTV in Cardiff in 2001, shops started selling DVD versions of older films with bonus features and extras. The Dirty Dancing DVD had a "learn how to dirty dance" special feature. I got so excited when I bought it that I told a friend from work. After that, every room I walked in across the studio, I kept hearing people hum "I've had the time of my life". Didn't think anything of it. Part of my job was to barcode tapes ready for the 6 o'clock news... and one day I found someone had changed a permanent setting in the machine so that every barcode I printed had "you dirty dancer!" on it.That's when I realised my friend had told everyone in the newsroom and they had all been making fun of me for weeks. When I left that job to go to university, they organised a leaving do - a pub crawl in a nearby village. They rented a bus, and on our way home (AFTER the pub crawl), they made me do the lift (someone had brought the Dirty Dancing soundtrack). I ran along the entire length of the bus and a guy lifted me up. Instead of successuflly doing "the lift", I smashed my head on the ceiling and got a concussion.

I played basketball at University, and was objectively rubbish at it. But I met the best people there, and every week on a Wednesday night, we would sing karaoke at the student bar, the Three Tuns, leaving me with a very croaky voice for my Thursday radio show.

I'm a doctor! Not the kind that could help in a medical emergency... but I got my PhD from Southampton University in the UK in 2018. My research was on the uses of new technologies for peacebuilding.I got to travel ot Burundi for my fieldworks - one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. I also co-founded a company during that time and met some of the most inspiring people.

A view of Bujumbura, Burundi, from the hills.

I lived in Lausanne for a couple of years around 2004 where I worked for the International Volleyball Federation.I moved into a flat by myself for the first time and bought this sofa (Bretz, La Ola). It was so big they had to lift it through the window (luckily I lived on the first floor), and when I moved out I had to find a tenant willing to take the sofa with the place!

When I was at university in London (at the LSE), I wrote a soap opera for the radio.We started recording it and I edited a few episodes... It was called "Houghton Street" and I knew then that I would be a writer one day.

I ran for local elections in my Swiss home town when I was 20. The night before the campaign photo shoot, I decided my bob needed a trim, but when I got to my hair dresser's (it was a walk-in service) they were about to close and the only person left was their apprentice. In a panic, I begged her to try to cut my bob back into shape. With literal trembling hands, she spent an hour and a half trying to even it out......... and it ended up above my ears. And the result ended up plastered all over town, and in the papers for months!My hair did grow back... and I got elected.I did cause a mini scandal by quitting a few weeks later as I moved to Wales.

By Charles Baudelaire

Les Fleurs du Mal

Reading Les Fleurs du Mal when I was 14 was the first time I felt truly moved by poetry.'L'albatros' was one of my favourites at the time.There are a few English translations here.

I spent most of my summers between the ages of 12 and 18 surfing on Rhossili beach. When I wasn't in the water, I was hiking the hills overlooking the Worm's Head. The Gower in Wales is one of the most beautiful places I've been to.