Mani Kidston

A (specific) cherry tree, late-night kitchen dancing with her housemates, and free stuff she finds on her neighbours’ walls are three of Mani’s favourite things. Another is writing. She’s been entranced by its power since she realised she could use it for her own devious means as a child.

From a young age, she found if she asked for things nicely in writing, her mum was more likely to give them to her. Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson probably contributed too, but nothing compared to coaxing an extra 50p for sweets out of a mum that usually gave halva in place of chocolate. If you know, you know.

Nowadays things are a little different. Mani still writes to change opinion, to get people to see things in new ways, but she hopes to effect change that does more than satisfy her sweet tooth. She now enjoys rambling on about social issues, nature, and other things she has just about grasped a basic understanding of.

Helping others to truly feel and to understand perspectives they may not have before, are things that Mani really cares about. It makes her very happy. Maybe even happier than free wall stuff does.