Early in the film of Blake Morrison’s mem­oir And When Did You Last See Your Father (dir Anand Tucker, 2007), Blake (Colin Firth) accepts an award for his poetry (it might be that the def­i­n­i­tion of ‘real’ work is that it’s the sort of activ­ity you’d never attend an award cer­e­mony to mark).

At the risk of get­ting sen­ti­men­tal, I’d like to say thank-you to my wife, Kathy. Not only for all her sup­port and encour­age­ment, but because she asked me to men­tion her.

My dad always used to say, and I’m sure he’ll say it again before the night’s out,

Being a writer, in par­tic­u­lar a poet, is all well and good. But it’s no way to make a living.”

Of course, as in most other things, he’s absolutely right.