Several weird thoughts struck me today. First, the atmosphere of the place is exactly the same as it was when I was a student. I suppose I only left in 1998, which isn't that long ago, but it's great to feel that everyone there is still open-minded, bright and welcoming.
Also, how come none of the teachers has aged? That was very weird. If anything, they all looked younger and healthier than when I was there. Maybe it's something to to with not having to teach me and my friends any more.
Anyway, I was there as part of the school's amazing Literary Festival, 'Beyond Words'.
I had a great time with the students. Once I'd finished gossiping about the teachers, we talked about writing, stories, my life, free will, and the world in general. I learned that if a sea bass ever bites off your big toe, you should either bite off your other big toe (for balance and nourishment) or chase after the slippery little tyke and eat its tail. Unless it turns out to be your mother. All very Freudian.
What's more, the fun hasn't ended. Tomorrow I'm going back to the junior school, which I'm sure must have changed at least a little since I was there. We'll see...