The picture below is the room where I first learned to perform. Yesterday I went back to it and read some words by my brother about where we come from, because he's not been well enough to read them himself.
I associate Salisbury with sadness. The years I spent there made me into a profoundly lonely person. It wasn't the people or the place that did that to me, but it's what that place means to me now. I don't think of it as home.
But this room taught me a way of getting better. It taught me things about creativity and imagination that went on to inform everything I believe in. It felt very strange to go back there and talk to that room again.
I am very grateful to Barney and to Paines Plough for the opportunity to go back and explore a very old feeling. Because you can't go back, really.
We may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us, and so on and so on, forever and ever and ever.
A recording of my performance of Barney's piece will be available to listen to on Paines Plough's Come To Where I'm From app, which you can learn more about here. It also features recordings of the other 160-or-so short pieces by writers all over the country about their homes, so you can have fun exploring the whole country and hearing what people have to say about the places they're from. Barney's piece will be available under Salisbury sometime in the next few weeks.