A tale I heard
Poet and playwright Caroline Bird on writing workshops with young people:
"It helps to remind me of how I felt when I was a teenager. I wasn’t writing thinking of a career, I wrote because it was the one thing in the world that made sense to me. I remember that feeling of the first time I wrote a poem that I liked, when I was 11 or 12, and thinking, ‘Oh god, I think I’m going to be able to live – this is a thing I love! It is mine.’ So whenever I feel that pressure, I go and teach some teenagers and remind myself that all the rest is bollocks."