I write to tell others’ stories but my art’s about pure self-expression. It’s as instinctive and spontaneous as my non-fiction is crafted and considered. My drawings, watercolours and printmaking tend towards bold graphic patternmaking or surreal characters who materialise in my head, fully formed and insistent. They’re often about odd little exchanges or the moments thereafter. This animal band series began with a trumpet playing sheep. New members turn up periodically, unannounced. That’s my shy little dog on bass. An actual gig would make her hyperventilate.