Lucy Rose
Literate songwriter reveals the contents of her bookshelf...

Lucy Rose has always had a literate element to her songwriting.

Sure, that mellifluous voice and those folk-hewn arrangements capture the attention, but lyricism contains some remarkable depth.

Recently heading into Urchin Studios with a lucky batch of audience members, the songwriter allowed her work to blossom in an intimate environment.

Captured for posterity, new album 'Live At Urchin Studios' will be released on December 9th. Alongside this, Lucy Rose has arranged a special UK tour - with each venue utilising a library space.

Ahead of this, Clash sat down with Lucy to discuss the contents of her bookshelf - yep, it's Their Library...

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What is your favourite book, and why?
Tough question, I think I have three favourites, The Garden Of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. All three of these books taught me something and made me feel and re-think some of my own thoughts. Must reads!

What draws you to certain books?
To be honest if my sister liked a book then I know I will. I basically read everything she loves!

Do your literary influences have a direct impact on your songwriting?
Absolutely and that makes me think of a book called My Antonia by Willa Cather that I love so much and highly inspired me to write Nebraska.

What was the first book you remember reading as a child?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I remember that book so vividly.

Did you make good use of your library card as a child?
Probably not as much as I should have, I read the books I had to at school but I only really got into reading in my later years.

Have you ever started a book that you simply could not finish?
I'm struggling a little bit with One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez but I know I will finish if one day.

Do you read book reviews?
Yes sometimes, it's interesting to hear different people's opinions about a book, especially like reading them after I've finished a book. One day I'll start a book club with my friends.

Would you ever re-read the same book?
I re-read The Garden Of Evening Mists as soon as I finished it but never done that before.

Do you read just one book at a time, or more than one?
Usually just the one book at a time. I've just started All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr today. Sometimes in between novels I'll read a couple short stories.

Is there an author or poet who you’d love to collaborate with?
I would love to meet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I love her views on feminism, gender equality and race. Not sure how we could collaborate as I would be fan-girling the entire time.

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Lucy Rose will be joined by a number of guests for the following library shows:

9 London Idea Store Whitechapel Library w/ Eliza Shaddad
10 Bristol Central Library, Bristol w/ Fenne Lily
11 Liverpool Central Library, Liverpool w/ Annie Eve
12 Lancaster Library, Lancaster w/ Denai Moore
13 Barrow Library, Barrow w/ Oh Sister

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