Poetry helps me see the funny side of things, and a poem often comes from a moment of pure exasperation, like a child stuffing a pom pom down her cornet (in The Trumpet Teacher’s Curse) It’s both awful and funny and somewhere in the gap between them is the poem. I had nearly finished the manuscript of The Art of Falling before I realised that I had a lot of poems about falling. I love that the word ‘falling’ has so many connotations in the English language, both positive and negative. I think my fascination with falling also has a lot to do with my father, who is a scaffolder and who has had two death-defying falls in his life. The best part of writing a poem is the feeling of setting off and not knowing where you will end up.