MARIA JI fires the questions at fellow Maverick, Ashleigh Manning.


What is your favourite song from a musical?

Do Re Mi from The Sound of Music.


If you were Queen Elizabeth for a day, what would you do with her corgis?

I don’t actually know. I would say I’d probably spend the day spoiling them with treats and love.


Haruki Murakami’s illustrated novella The Strange Library was published last year. What is the strangest book you have in your room right now?

Life Without Limbs by Nick Vujicic.


Who is one woman you really admire? 

My mother. She’s amazing! 


What is one nerdy one-liner that might just work on you? 

You’re like a dictionary; you add meaning to my life.


Ceci n’est pas une pipe. With The Treachery of Images in mind, what is it about photography that makes you so passionate about it? 

It’s a way of expressing emotions, a way of telling a story. You can convey so much with only a photo. As they say, “a picture’s worth a thousand words.”


If you got to write a sophisticated picture book, what would it be about, and who would you get to illustrate it? 

Possibly Dylan Horrocks, the cartoonist.


What is your favourite Facebook emoticon and why? 

Anything minion-esque! They’re so cute.


What is your manifesto for 2015? 

Make something of myself in the journalism world.


Who is the most badass Disney animal sidekick?

Timon and Pumbaa.


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