Katy Menczer

Over the course of one month I travelled through wind, rain and snow to visit 18 members of the all girl choir Gaggle in and around London. Katy Menczer, was the 11th member to be visited.

Katy was born in Cambridge and now lives in Streatham Common, London. She is a Managing Editor for a group of websites and is a member of the all girl choir, Gaggle, where she is also known as Gusset. wiyb_IMGP6902_1280

When and how did you join Gaggle?
Some friends of mine run a night that I used to frequent called Club Motherfucker. Deborah’s [Gaggle founder] old band had played there I think, and she thought they might know some women who would be likely candidates for this new project she had just started up. They sent out a message to a few people they thought would be up for it, I decided I was… and the rest is history.

What does your bedroom mean to you?
A place to escape to, read in, sleep in…we have an open fire in here which is so lovely. I guess this is the first time since I lived at my parents that my bedroom is just my bedroom rather than my only private space in a shared house. That changes how it feels.

What object in your bedroom particularly means something to you?
My PhD thesis – it’s just that it’s the only physical copy I have left (and, shamefully, I think I might have lost the digital version too). Obviously it took quite a lot of time and hard work to write… and it’s always nice to have something with your name on in gold shiny letters.

What makes you happy?
Finishing the crossword.

When did you last cry and why?
I guess probably panicking about losing my job! It’s all good now though. I think it was a blessing in disguise.wiyb_IMGP6909_1280

What song do you always go back to?
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady.

What is your favourite word?
Barmecide – it means a person who offers you an imaginary feast. A sort of con artist I suppose. It comes from the name of a character in the Arabian Nights.

If you could invite anyone into to your bedroom who would it be and why?
Elizabeth Bowen (even though she’s actually dead now). She’s one of the writers I did my PhD on and I spent years researching her work and her life, going through her letters and manuscripts and photographs…you start to feel like you know someone in a weird way. There are so many things I’d like to ask her.

What would you save if your bedroom were on fire?
PHD copy.wiyb_IMGP6921_1280

What keeps you awake at night?
Vast unnamable fears, tiny niggling anxieties and the crossword clue that got away.

Naked or bed clothes?
Depends what I’m doing, but for unadulterated sleep, always pyjamas.

Find Katy on Twitter: @katykatygaggle

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