Lisa Harford1

Have you ever done that thing where you sort of fall in love with your signature? I am hoping when I admit that as a teenager, I spent quite a lot of time perfecting what I considered to be a suitably dramatic signature, with a flourish and an underscoring line and a most emphatic ‘dot’ after it, that I am not quite as unique as I possibly sound! In hindsight, I am pretty sure that my preoccupation with perfecting my signature stemmed from my desire to make a mark in this world, both literally and figuratively. In those teenage years when you question everything, in particular who you are and what place you hold in the world, my signature seemed a pretty important thing to get right.

Writing has always formed an important part of my life. I have kept diaries, scribbled down stories, written terrible but heartfelt poetry and…

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