Lizzie Eldridge is a writer, actor and political activist from Glasgow. With a professional background in theatre, she’s written two published novels and loves the work of Federico García Lorca. Her piece, “The Assassination of a Journalist in Serenity”, can be found in EPOCH Issue 02: Aftermath, available to purchase here.
What books did you grow up reading?
I grew up in Narnia, walking through that wardrobe into snow, evil queens wearing furs and Turkish Delight. I devoured all the books in the series and always had a thing for Edmund, even though he was the bad guy. When I was slightly older, I got into Joan Lingard’s The Twelfth Day of July and the other books in this series. They were about Kevin and Sadie, a couple from different sides of the religious divide in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Politics has always been a significant part of my life and I lived, loved and cried through these books.
What is the most challenging aspect of your creative process?
Like many writers, it’s finding the time, although this year, I’ve promised to make it a priority. At the moment, a lot of my writing derives from my experiences in Malta and the fight to get justice for the journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was assassinated here in 2017. As well as producing journalistic articles, I’m trying to work through some of this in fictional, or semi-fictional, form. In part, it’s cathartic to write about some of the horrors going on there but I also want people to be aware of what’s happening in a so-called European country. At the same time, I’m very close to what I’m writing about so this can be difficult and often extremely painful.
What does your writing space look like?
At the weekends, I usually write on my bed because it gives me an excuse not to get up but also means I’m still doing something. I’ve never been very good at just lying in. I live in a small flat in Glasgow so my actual writing space doubles up for pretty much everything else – eating, online teaching, painting my nails…I’ve got a cute little drop leaf table which always has books on it no matter what and a cute wee mustard yellow chair and when I look up, I see plants and a window and pictures. Behind me is a gorgeous dark red bookcase so I’m pretty much surrounded by books.
Who is your biggest artistic supporter?
Leaving aside all those big multinational corporations who pay me millions just to get out of bed – and I still don’t – there are 2 particular people who spring to mind. One is a close friend of mine, Mario, who lives in Malta. We became close thanks to a novel I wrote called Duende. It’s about two gay men living in Spain in the years leading up to the civil war. Mario fell in love with the book and that’s how our friendship began. My other source of artistic support is Nina, who’s also Maltese. I’ve never met Nina in real life but we’ve been in contact for several years, our connection being the fight to get justice. I often send Nina things I’ve written prior to publication and her feedback is an incentive to keep going. She’s magic, as is her feedback.
Where can we follow you and find your work?