My earliest memories start around school age. I vaguely remember nursery â€“ taking naps on mats.
We walked to school.Â I was always quite bright and took the lead in all the school plays â€“ I donâ€™t act now.
I remember winning an essay competition that was sponsored by Cadburyâ€™s. The prize was chocolate biscuits.
It was a big deal when I passed the 11+. Because of that, I was able to go to a good school.
I was always really sporty and captained most of my school sports teams. I swam competitively, too, when I was younger.
I still stay in touch with two girls I went to senior school with. All three of us are from working class backgrounds, so when we get together, we talk about how times have changed. Itâ€™s very interesting!
None of my contemporaries went to university. We didnâ€™t have the pressure to do so that seems so commonplace now.
In general, I wasnâ€™t too interested in school. I was much more interested in the rest of the world, particularly art and fashion.
Painting was my main skill at school, and I wanted to go to art school.Â At my interview [for Art School], I was told that women couldnâ€™t do graphic design because they would eventually quit to get married. I remember being very upset by that attitude.
I still paint whenever I get the chance.published under: education