However, I began to submit poems to British magazines, and some were accepted. It was a great moment to see my first poems published. It felt like entering a tradition.
The strongest reason for giving woman all the opportunities for higher education, for the full development of her faculties, her forces of mind and body… is the solitude and personal responsibility of her own individual life.
Children will not pretend to be enjoying books, and they will not read books because they have been told that these books are good. They are looking for delight.
If we understand the past, we are more likely to recognise what is happening around us.
Fiction came quite a while later. I began with short stories and fiction for children.
The poets whom I knew then were all men and all seemed dauntingly sure of themselves – although I am sure that really they were as uncertain as I was.
There would be more sense in insisting on man’s limitations because he cannot be a mother than on a woman’s because she can be.
I would like people to come into my Dreamworld and then choose to stay.
As individuals, we are shaped by story from the time of birth; we are formed by what we are told by our parents, our teachers, our intimates.
I concentrate on the lives of individuals whom the reader comes to know and feel with intimately.