I have just come home from a writing retreat at the National Writers' Centre for Wales. It is in Lloyd George's last home in North Wales (I slept in his bedroom, un-haunted!). It's the perfect location for writing new poems, meeting new poets and catching up with friends. If you ever have the opportunity to spend a week on a course of retreat there, grab it with both hands and then hope you are blessed with good weather. This week we were spoiled for sun and sea. Over the years I have met people on courses there that I am still in touch with, some of whom I am proud to call my friends.