SHE's one half of Mel and Sue, she has conducted at the Last Night of the Proms and she's involved in a certain baking show.

Last year Sue Perkins released a memoir about her life, Spectacles to great critical acclaim. Now Sue has announced she's hitting the road for a series of live shows in September.

But before she embarks on her solo tour, she answered a few questions

What prompted you to hit the road with your new tour, "LIVE! in Spectacles"?

It's a good time to look back on my life so far. I fully intend to live to the age of 92, so this is half-time. Essentially this tour is handing out the orange segments.

Tell us more.

Writing a memoir begins a process that doesn't necessarily end with publication. You begin to think about family life and stories and relationships, and those are ongoing. Once the book was published, I thought, 'There is so much more still to say without necessarily writing another book. Why not animate the book with a live tour?' It's like a companion volume, I guess.

You have always relished live performance, haven't you?

Yes, I love live. I really enjoy playing with an audience. At book events, I do Q&As, and it's often then that the madness starts.

What do you particularly like about interacting with the audience?

It enriches me. Performing live challenges you to be more engaged. And the great thing is, each venue is completely different. I adore the raw surprise someone of asking a question you would never have expected. I love the spontaneity of it.

You will be giving each ticket-holder a copy of your book, Spectacles. What's the thinking behind that?

It gives me the opportunity to meet the whole audience one by one afterwards during the signings. A gig is a two-way street. It's not about me broadcasting. It's not, "This is what I've got to say about this." It's as much about how people respond to the material. My memoir is a story of family and childhood, and everyone has had one of those. Mine is not the definitive version of childhood, but it's a great way to start a conversation. The book is a recorded history of my life so far, but the tour brings extra stuff to it. The audience adds so much on top of that. It's important to have that double act thing going on with them.

So what subjects will you be covering in the show?

Births, deaths, lemon drizzle and getting fondled by a Cambodian hermit. I'll talk a lot about the catastrophising that went on in my family. There was always a sense that something awful, that imminent doom, was around the corner. It came from my mum – she's a worrier. Everything was a potential trip to A & E!

You have a wonderful relationship with your fans. Do they frequently stop you in the street?

Sometimes, yes. Often they'll want to ask about the weird things I've eaten.

What else do the fans ask you?

They always want to know what Mary Berry is like. Well, Bez is the best. End of. She's the nation's sweetheart. I love her – so much so, I've been trying to get her to adopt me for the last seven years.

Why do you think The Great British Bake Off has proved so popular?

I think the chemistry between the four of us – Mary, Paul, Mel and I – works so well. We're all big kids at heart. We don't approach it as a job. We approach it as a day out at a country fair! But the real reason the show is so successful is the 12 people who come to bake every year. Although we four have received a lot of attention, I really do believe that the bakers are where the magic is.

Sue Perkins, Live in Spectacles, the Lowry, Salford Quays, Sunday, September 11. Details from 0843 208 6000 or