My students are often afraid of darkness. Well no, that's not exactly all there is to it: several of them write about subjects that are the familiar fare of the young, ‘dark’ creative mind. Vampires. Sado-masochism. Serial killers. They think they’re being cutting edge and brave. I thought I was, too, when I was 20, sitting in Devon House park in Jamaica, writing about a girl vampire eating ginger ice cream (a Devon House speciality).
Not that there’s any shame in these sub