Francis Spufford | ‘I love that endlessly varied pressure from other people’s lives in cities’

For the past 12 years, Francis Spufford has walked to work at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, where he teaches creative writing. His route takes him down New Cross Road, past a branch of Iceland unremarkable in every way, apart from the small brass plaque on the wall outside, which commemorates a wartime tragedy. In November 1944, a V2 rocket fell on what was then a branch of Woolworths.