“I learnt that I have to be creative with language to make a piece special and that sometimes wonderful phrases just create themselves if you start poking around in the dark corners of your mind for inspiration. I also realised that there’s some strange stuff that happens when you start to write…

I learnt that if I have a deadline I find it easier to focus and produce good work. I can then work quite quickly and ignore distractions.

I was enchanted by many of the pieces.”