Coffee with Tim Lethaby

Coffee with Tim Lethaby - Wells Festival of Literature

Editor of the Mid Somerset Series, Festival media partner

How do you take your coffee?
White, no sugar please. And preferably in a village square in France, where the sun is shining.

What makes a perfect day for you?
Spending the morning with my wife and children, before a trip to the pub for lunch. In the afternoon I would relax in front of some sport on TV. The evening would be spent with my wife, sitting and enjoying our back garden while savouring a new craft beer.

Cat or dog?
Definitely cat. I had a cat called Gladstone when I was young – to say he had character would be an understatement!

Is there a film or book you have seen/read recently that you would recommend to us?
I don’t get time to read many books, and those I do tend to be written by Clive Cussler! As for a film, the most recent one I watched was Pirates of the Caribbean 5, which is great if you love the series. Before that it would have to be Star Wars: Rogue One, which is Star Wars for grown ups!

What is your day job?
I am editor of the Mid Somerset Series of newspapers (the Wells Journal, Shepton Mallet Journal, Central Somerset Gazette and Cheddar Valley Gazette), along with the Frome Standard and Somerset Guardian.

Why do you think the Wells Festival of Literature has lasted 25 years and what are its good points?
It has lasted so long because of the hard work of all the volunteers behind it, and the quality of the speakers. Its main good point is that it brings big names and interesting speakers to the city!

What’s next for you?
I am only just getting my feet under the table at the newspapers, so I am quite happy there! On a personal level, I would love to go and watch the Tour de France some day…

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