as Mandrake the Magician
What were you like at school?
I was a really big reader (obvs) and practically devoured hundreds of books at school, reading in particular a great deal of George Orwell from P7 onwards. I was also extremely talkative and chatty (still am tbh), and was always getting told off for putting my classmates off their work (this comes up again and again in old school reports)!
What inspires you about the Super Power Agency?
It might sound cheesy but I think you really can achieve anything you aspire to do, as long as you believe in yourself and your abilities, and work hard to realise your dreams. I believe that the Superpower Agency wants to share this message with as many young people as it can, inspiring them to achieve their dreams. That is a really genuinely powerful thing.
What’s your favourite thing about Edinburgh?
I’ve always loved the dark, Gothic side to Edinburgh, with its graveyards and underworld with legends of murky and nefarious deeds. The author Robert Louis Stevenson might have set his novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in London, but it was undoubtedly his birthplace of Edinburgh that provided the book’s sinister inspiration!