JULIE GIBBS – OVVIO TEA AMBASSADOR NO: 27th July 2015
JULIE GIBBS, IS A WOMAN WHO CHANGED MY LIFE. SHE TOOK MY E- BOOK, I AM FOOD AND PUBLISHED IT. SHE IS THE PUBLISHING DIRECTOR – ILLUSTRATED BOOKS AT PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE. SHE IS VERY SPECIAL AND DEAR TO ME AND I AM THRILLED AND HONOURED THAT SHE IS AN OVVIO TEA AMBASSADOR – Anthia…
TEA TIME Q & A WITH JULIE GIBBS AND ANTHIA KOULLOUROS
1. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
The Instagram profile says it all really: A bookish girl with a crochet heart and pavlova for a brain.
For work I am the Publishing Director – Illustrated Books at Penguin Random House. For play I value reading, the home arts (cooking, stitching etc), walking in the Blue Mountains and travelling anywhere (favourite country Bhutan).
2. How did you get into book publishing?
I started working in bookshops while at university. Eventually the world of selling and making books took over.
3. What would you be doing in an alternate life or career?
That’s such a hard question as I am doing what I always wanted to do.
Anything else would somehow involve helping people to do their best.
4. Who inspires you most?
Working in publishing is actually a lifelong education. One has the privilege of working with some pretty incredible and inspiring people. I have learned so much from my authors over the years and continue to do so.
5. What do you dream about?
What many people do I guess: a world that’s a bit slower, kinder and less scary.
6. What is your favourite quote?
‘Don’t complain about getting old. It’s a privilege denied to many.’
7. What do you do to relax and unwind?
A cup of tea is always the first thing. (I have quite a collection of teapots, cosies and cups and saucers.) Then I will bake, go for a walk and/or curl up with a book. There are addictions such asThe Good Wife, House of Cards, Borgen and Downton Abbey too of course!
8. What is your first memory of tea?
My father’s mother being desperate for a cup of tea mid-afternoon. But she couldn’t brew it until she found her spectacles which were always somewhere else! Somehow I knew when I was a grown up I would want to drink it just as much.
9. When did you discover Ovvio? And what is your favourite tea?
A few years ago I was told about Ovvio by dear friend, writer and organic farmer, Dee Nolan.
There are two favourite teas: One is Glenburn Estate Autumn Darjeeling after a visit to the tea gardens in India together with Christine Manfield. The other is Ovvio Clarity Sage. Anytime I serve it people want to know what it is and where they can get it.
10. What are you grateful for?
The simple things: A cup of well-brewed, life-enhancing tea of course! The smell of roast tarragon chicken in the oven. The spontaneous, unfettered hug given by my four-year-old friend Lulu last week. A great book that stirs your soul such as Anna Karenina. That I live in a country with clean air and big skies. Family and friends and the kindness of my husband.