(Snippets of conversation with Mouthy Poets and writers Caroline Bird & Roger Robinson at Arvon Totleigh Barton, Tuesday 8th December 2015.)

Roger Any more and you will kill it, any less and it is not enough. It is kind of instinct, there has to be a point where I let it be.

Caroline  It is important to trust tomorrow’s eyes on it. Sometimes you are just not going to see something on one day. You have to enjoy it not being finished and feel like you need to crack it now. Isn’t it amazing that you can go around for a whole week thinking about one word? – there is something delicious about it. If you enjoy it not being finished you are much more likely to know when it’s done.