The bits I most remember about my school days are those that took place outside the classroom, as we were taken on countless theatre visits and trips to places of interest.
We were all miners in our family. My father was a miner. My mother is a miner. These are miner's hands, but we were all artists, I suppose, really. But I was the first one who had the urge to express myself on paper rather than at the coalface.
Closing a public library is child abuse, really, because it hinders child development.
If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging.
I'm all in favour of free expression provided it's kept rigidly under control.
Teachers need to feel they are trusted. They must be allowed some leeway to use their imagination; otherwise, teaching loses all sense of wonder and excitement.
Were we closer to the ground as children, or is the grass emptier now?
Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
All knowledge is precious whether or not it serves the slightest human use.
I always feel over-appreciated but underestimated.
I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.
I've never seen the point of the sea, except where it meets the land. The shore has a point. The sea has none.
Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching.
I didn't even have a clear idea of why I wanted to go to Oxford - apart from the fact I had fallen in love with the architecture. It certainly wasn't out of some great sense of academic or intellectual achievement. In many ways, my education only began after I'd left university.
I don't believe in private education.
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