I have recently come back from working at Ty Newydd with a fantastic poet called Mike Jenkins. We were working with pupils from the Newport area of South Wales and they all came up with some cracking writing. I have decided Ty Newydd is one of my favourite places in the world. I even managed to get some writing of my own done – mostly on the theme of hospitals after my spell in Huddersfield Royal earlier in the year. I am going back to Ty Newydd as part of a NAWE retreat in June, when all the flowers will be out and I look forward to writing and beachcoming. It feels easier being away from home, the tv, emails and being a mum to get work done, but I would not change the latter either. My theme for this year is to create more of a sense of balance.