Flashback to my first book of poetry, Defenestration, published in 1997. Now back in print.
Books. It's always been about books for me. Reading them. Making them. Writing them. Collecting them. Lending them. Borrowing them. The written word opening doors and taking me to new worlds.
When I was a kid I read everything. I devoured words for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In high school I sat in maths class with a book balanced on my knee so the teacher couldn’t see and I read paragraphs in-between doing algebra equations. If there wasn’t a book around I would read the back of cereal boxes and milk cartons. I was hungry for words and stories. Still am.