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Live webchat with Cerys Matthews, Radio 6 presenter, singer, songwriter and former member of Catatonia, Wednesday 12 June, 10.30am

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Jun-13 17:35:15

Cerys Matthews is coming along to Mumsnet Towers on Wednesday 12th June for a mid-morning webchat and to tell us about her beautiful new book, Hook Line and Singer that has just been published. Everyone who joins the webchat will be entered into a draw to win a signed copy (total envy here at MNHQ of the lucky winner)

Cerys is best known as a singer and songwriter from the band Catatonia. (Remember RoadRage and Mulder and Scully?) She now produces and presents the popular Sunday morning show on BBC Radio 6, makes documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2, curates festivals and regularly appears on television shows like the Culture Show and The Voice where she joins Sir Tom Jones as a singing coach. She lives in West London and has five children.

Hook, Line and Singer is the result of this lifelong love-affair with singing: a beautiful songbook filled with Cerys' favourite songs, ballads and lullabies from around the world. The book is completed with music scores to make this the perfect sing-a-long book. Interspersed with the songs are personal anecdotes and tips of how to sing the songs and even suggested dances.

Put the date in your diary to join Cerys at 10.30am on Wednesday and if you're unable to make that time, post a question to her in advance on this thread.

Hellohippo Wed 12-Jun-13 11:27:04

Was being in the jungle as hard as it seems? Sorry it's not a musical question!

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:27:21


Hi Cerys, my husband bought the CD of Sweet Catatonia last week. (we were still buying vinyl when it came out smile so the album doesn't get out much).

Still one of my favourite songs. No question, just wanted to say!

Thanks for the continued support , and have fun singing it xx

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:29:56


Hello cerys

Have you had any plastic surgery? and if not then would you consider it? I really want botox but dh thinks am being ridiculousangry

botox can work if you have a bad frown line or something. but i dont use it now as the creases move to other places in your face, like under your eyes so you end up looking just as bad and strangely different too smile i rather like my crows feet at moment- i feel like ive earned every one of them xx

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:34:45


Love your show Cerys. Do your kids know you are famous? What do they think about that?

They know I do an unusual job for a living which means other people comment on it sometimes. But we dont live like 'celebrities' as such -"I'm just another normal cog in the the life of our community, using local nursery and school and loving hanging out in local joints,its the best thing about Britain, being part of this lovely, eccentric, multi cultural, BBC news filled land xx

Karmakoala Wed 12-Jun-13 11:35:47

Hey Cerys! Just wanted to say that even though we're on the other side of the world now I still listen to 'Road Rage' most mornings on my way into work, it's on my faves playlist. It reminds me of my language and where I've come from.

DH and I also love 'Baby it's Cold Outside', no matter where we go Wales is always in our hearts smile

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:36:40


Hi Cerys , Brilliant webchat .. hope Doctor Who people have rung you by now ! No question except to say it's brilliant to see your career unfolding in these amazing ways , and wish we could see you at the Eistedfodd event in Cardiff... loved your coverage on TV last year, so hopefully will see some of your performance on this year's programmes

Great advice on musicians enjoying playing / writing in private but maybe also finding they can perform where they didn't expect to be able to . Thanks and very best wishes

Thanks for reply. At this point Im going to grab the guitar and sing you a little ditty (or for the children ;) to say a massive thank you for the welcome here on Mumsnet and thanks for all your questions and comments. Have fun , keeping singing, and see you on Sunday-BBC6 10am ,sharp xxx

squoosh Wed 12-Jun-13 11:36:42

What in your opinion is the best pub in Pembrokeshire? (a pressing question I'm sure you'll agree)

EskSmith Wed 12-Jun-13 11:38:15

Wow book looks great, I'm adding that to my dd1's birthday list smile She will love it.
Love the show Cerys and I'm joining the campaign for your appointment as Doctor Who ;)

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Jun-13 11:39:10

Thanks Cerys that was great. We're delighted that she's brought along her guitar and is going to be singing a couple of the songs from her book to us at MNHQ. We're going to be filming and will have it up on the site later this week.

mignonette Wed 12-Jun-13 16:12:49

Apparently Cerys trained as a RNMH (Interview: Red Magazine) So from one RNMH to another, thank you for a lot of good music, documentaries and talk over the years.....I bet you'd have made a fabulous psych nurse too.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Jun-13 16:30:52

Congratulations Sneets your name has been picked out to win a signed copy of Cerys' book Hook, Line and Singer. We'll be pm -ing you with more info on how to claim your prize.

Cerys told us that all those who had posted requests for her to participate in events etc. to contact Cerys via her website -

Sparklingbrook Wed 12-Jun-13 17:32:24

Just read the whole webchat. She seems quite fabulous. smile

Sneets Wed 12-Jun-13 23:30:35

My goodness, undo lucky. Chat with Cerys today then win a signed book too! She CAN be Dr Who if she wants!

Sneets Wed 12-Jun-13 23:31:38

Silly me, tired, undo should be I'm so!!!

Sneets Thu 27-Jun-13 23:38:15

sad so cerysmatthews and rachelmumsnet where is my book? It's been 2 weeks...

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