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Womensday with Jennifer Paterson

Jennifer Paterson
13th Aug. '19

Introduce yourself…

Hi Im Jennifer Paterson, aerial and dance artist, mum to an energetic 3.5 year old boy. Coffee lover. And Artistic Director of All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre based in Edinburgh. Currently directing and choreographing a show at the Edinburgh Fringe with All or Nothing and another Edinburgh based company Room 2 Manoeuvre, Heroes, which is on at the Udderbelly in George Square Gardens for the full run. 

What is the best thing about being a woman in the 21st Century?

The freedom and possibilities – in this country anyway you can (almost) do what you want – it may be a fight but we can now. 

What does feminism mean to you?

Women’s equality and recognising the worth and knowledge and skill of women. Giving women a voice. 

Which women inspire you and why?

My sisters – Jillian and Lesley. Jillian is just on it, gained a degree whilst being a single mum and always there for you. Lesley is a world champion professional off road triathlete and her dedication and what she puts her body through is amazing. Serena Williams – truly awesome female – her skill and physical feats, her continual fight against racism and sexism. Annie Mac for what she has done for women / female dj’s as well as being a mum. I also love the Dublin accent and she is just one cool lady. Carole Cadwalla for all her investigative journalism and her continual fight for truth 

If you could meet any woman, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Ah this is a hard one! Alive – Annie Mac for a party. The suffragettes to say thank you for all they did to get the vote for women. 

If you could learn to do anything new what would it be?

I have always wanted to be able to do a backflip / tumble. And would love to be able to speak another language to a level where I can have an easy conversation. 

What do you believe would be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you? 

Social media influence – being able to have the space to switch off from it. 

Your secret guilty pleasure?

Chocolate, but I dont know how secret it really is! 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A dancer or performer of some kind. I went to University first thinking I should really use my head but soon was at Dance College realising that you needed your brain just as much. 

What is at the top of your bucket list?

Travelling more – so many places to see and visit And running a marathon. Oh and Rally driving! 

Your favourite city spots for a good coffee, good cocktail and good clothing in Edinburgh/Glasgow?

Total coffee lover. Fortitude coffee on Queen St, Twelve triangles on Brunswick Street, Williams and Johnson in Leith and the Waverley Mall Lovecrumbs Artisan Roast in Broughton St Edinburgh & Gibson St in Glasgow Panda for cocktails but i’ve not been out for cocktails for ages and a bit out of date of Covet in Thistle Street for accessories, always admire Walker Slater womens wear, Godiva in West Port Urban Outfitters, TopShop. I still miss Odd One Out that was Victoria Street years ago. If anyone can let me know of a shop that replaces it please let me know! 

Your favourite book, or favourite podcast and why?

I’ve been listening to Desert Island Discs at the moment – love getting a little snapshot of people’s lives and the music that has significance for them. Its brought my awareness to people that I had no knowledge of. 

And lastly, Happiness to you is?

Having a great laugh with good friends and family. By the beach if possible!


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