Hawkeye, Robin Hood, Princess Merida. All pretty good with a bow and arrow, no? They have nothing on indie’s own Katniss Everdeen, Harry Koisser from Peace.
Hi Harry. How did you get into archery, then?
Being a child in the Midlands before the invention of smartphones was very distressing, and I found the lion’s share of my escapism in the works of JRR Tolkien or CS Lewis. As a part of that, I had an inordinate interest in all kinds of elvish activities; archery being one of them.
What kit do you need to have a go?
I feel like most archery clubs, or places that serve archery will have everything you need to jump right in. I didn’t own a bow until I was taking it really seriously.
Have you taken part in any archery competitions?
Absolutely and I completely destroyed them. I was really, really, really good.
Did you find it tough to learn?
I found it quite hard and frustrating at times, but eventually, I became invincible.
Has being good at archery ever come in handy IRL?
When the world is on fire, and the orcs are at the door, I should imagine my house will be a good place to be.
Have you ever worn tights and a green hat while doing it?
I actually attended a sweet 16 birthday party in said attire with a longbow and a quiver of arrows. Probably not very okay, but it was the 00s.
Who’s your favourite archer from ‘popular entertainment’?
Haldir, Marchwarden of Lothlorien.
What’s the smallest object you could hit from quite far away?
I could hit an iPhone 4 sideways balanced on an upside down pint glass from across any good beer garden.
Have you ever shot something off someone’s head?
No, come on have some respect.
Are you good at any other sports?
Absolutely none whatsoever.
Taken from the November issue of Dork, out now.