Ruaridh Nicoll
as Gandalf

Author and Editor of The Observer Magazine

Ruaridh Nicoll is the editor of the Observer Magazine and the author of two novels, White Male Heart and Wide Eyed.

Read Ruaridh’s work at The Guardian

Twitter: @ruaridhnicoll

What were you like at school?

Bullied, mainly. Life gets much better.

Who would win a fight between Batman and Superman?

Neither, spooky young Spiderman would catch them both in his web.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you today, this week or this year?

Being dressed as Gandolf was very funny. As the lines were drawn on my face, making me look old, everyone kept saying, “We’re so, so sorry.”

What inspires you about this project?

Thanks to stories – books – I’ve never felt alone, and rarely bored. They have inspired me to travel the world, to talk to people about their lives and tell their stories. Stories have given me a great life.