Peter, Clarry and Vanessa. Simon the Bony One. Rupert, Odysseus, Mrs Morgan. Violet and Miss Vane. Mr King the rag-and-bone man. They came so alive for me writing this book.
These are the rushes used to make rushlights. Pick a few, soak them an hour or two if you have time (they peel more easily soaked). The white pith inside