Who inspires you and why?
As a child I thought I could grow up to be Gerald Durrell and I read all his books. His beliefs about the world, his ideas about conservation his work with all living things has shaped the way I live and my feelings about life.
My parents were also hugely influential; my dad was a polymath, scientist, linguist, philosopher and orchestral conductor. My mum taught me to be passionate about food, caring for all, singing, music and the importance of stories.
And Terry Patchett, I love his philosophy of life, but more about him below.