A weekend with Heather Tapp

Heather Tapp
Heather Tapp
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Heather Tapp, 51, is a Nursery school teacher and lives in West Meon. She’s chairman of the committee for the West Meon Festival of Books, which takes place this weekend. Here she tells us about his perfect weekend.

What would be your ideal weekend destination?

Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall. It’s an eclectic mix of literature, music, fashion and flowers and it would be great if West Meon Festival grew to become like this, but on a smaller scale.

Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

Edward Fox. I’d listen to him reading The Four Quartets, by T S Eliot.

What music would you take with you?

Jools Holland, for the whole big band sound and the way he plays boogie woogie.

What about something to read?

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. It’s pure escapism and I love the eccentric characters. My favourite book.

What would be your ultimate way to relax?

Soaking in a hot tub with a good book and a glass of Champagne.

If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

The Hambledon in Winchester, as I would like to buy everything in it.

What’s your all-time favourite film?

Breakfast at Tiffanys. It’s such a wonderful romantic film. Audrey Hepburn is amazing and I love the soundtrack song Moon River.

We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

A banana daiquiri on a beach in St Lucia. That was the best holiday ever and I want to go back.

What are you doing this weekend?

The West Meon Book Festival. It promises to be a really interesting weekend with a wide range of authors and performers.

What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

It’s not exactly local, but near enough – Brighton. I enjoy wandering around the little shops and then walking along the pier, eating fish and chips.

Festival highlights over the next two days include: Victoria Connelly (The Perfect Hero), Nicholas Murray (The Red Sweet Wine of Youth), Cole Moreton (Is God Still an Englishman?), Allan Mallinson (On His Majesty’s Service), Anthony Quinn (Half of the Human Race), Spitting Image’s Steve Nallon, Michelle Magorian (Goodnight Mister Tom), Nigel Farndale (The Blasphemer), Leo Benedictus (The Afterparty), Nick Hayes (The Rime of the Modern Mariner) and Julie Hill (The Secret Life of Stuff). See westmeonfestival.co.uk for details.