Updated: Sep 25
Tara with her brother, Rory.
Celebrated author, Juno Dawson, visited my niece’s school, Portsmouth Grammar (PGS) this month and asked the Year 10 pupils to write in a single word where they come from. And then to add more words and phrases relating to the senses, favourite restaurants/takeaways and feelings.
In 15 minutes Tara wrote the following:
I come from a freezing environment, a synonym of England
I come from thick white Debenhams bed sheets to heal my frozen fingers
I come from a savoury lifestyle, with carrs water crackers as my default snack.
I come from White Company winter candles, used to mask the smell of burnt eggs
I come from Sunday roasts, a method to fit in with a traditional English family
I come from perfectly shaped bay trees, which act as a magnet to nosey Southsea mothers
I come from bingeing Gossip Girl, in a way to blend real problems with fictional ones
I come from Earl grey tea, which always seems to get too cold through excess amounts of milk
I come from endless Einaudi piano pieces, in which I am never able to achieve the right tempo
I come from loving parents who set way too high expectation of old fashioned romance in Dublin