Vicki Psarias is everywhere at the moment … radio, tv, online as Amazon No.1 bestselling author with her new book ‘Mumboss’. I know her from the blogging world where she is founder of one of the world’s most well known parenting blogs; ‘Honest Mum’. She is one of the kindest, most helpful women I have ever come across … time for everyone despite her unbelievably busy work schedule. I knew I wanted to interview her as one of our #ThisNorthernGirlCan role models for ages and I am over the moon that here she is …..
Q. Tell us a bit about yourself.
A.Vicki Psarias, blogger at Honestmum.com and author of Mumboss. A former TV and film director, I set up my blog on maternity leave and love merging my passion for filmmaking and the written word there.
Q. What have you loved about growing up in the North?
A. I lived in the beautiful and tiny town of Ilkley until I was 7 then moved to North Leeds in the home my parents still live in which is truly idyllic. It overlooks a reservoir and open fields as far as the eye can see. I loved my Enid Blyton-esque childhood of building tree houses and playing with the neighbouring children.
Q. Did you have any challenges growing up in the North?
A. None which come to mind bar the usual adolescent angst! I was anxious to go to university in London so as to open up more opportunities working in the media.
Q. Have you or do you face any challenges being female?
A. As one of only 7% of female film directors pre blogging and motherhood (it’s now an even more dismal 4%) I faced sexism in the industry frequently but I never let that stop me. I just kept getting my art out into the world and allowed that to speak for me.
Q. What or who inspired your journey to where you are now?
A. So many people: my mother who was a university lecturer, my entrepreneurial dad, Gurinder Chadha, the filmmaker, Tina Fey, Oprah whom I was lucky enough to hear speak at a Q & A recently, Marie Forleo and of course, Michelle Obama and the late Maya Angelou. Strong, smart, empowering women who have contributed to my life and career immensely.
Q. What advice would you to give to girls growing up in the North?
A. There’s such a creative buzz all over the North now so seek out like-minded creatives for support and inspiration and help one another.
Q. How do you think we can encourage more young people about the importance of gender equality?
A. Education from day dot. We need to inform, advocate and demonstrate equality in all that we say and do to our children and one another. We need to speak up when we disagree and we must work together to create real change.
Q. Tell us some of your favourite Northern places.
A.T he Corn Exchange in Leeds was a haunt of mine as a teenager and is a building of such splendour, I love returning to shop independently and enjoy a coffee there. Roundhay Park for the lake there. Opera North, The Playhouse, The Leeds Art Gallery the bustling vibe of Headingley.
Q. Who are your favourite Northern people (alive or dead?)
A. The Bronte sisters, Alan Bennett, Kay Mellor, Sean Bean and Judy Dench.
Q. Explain your love of the North in one sentence.
A. The North is always in my heart.
Q. What would you like to see the #ThisNorthernGirlCan movement do?
A. Empower many.
You can buy Vicki’s No.1 bestseller on Amazon here. I got my copy recently and I’m enjoying it immensely and would definitely recommend.
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