Had heard the news but just seen the obituary by husband John D’Arcy in The Guardian
It wasn’t until some years of teaching English that I came to understand more clearly what Pat was saying about the teaching of English. It wasn’t her fault but mine in being callow, obtuse and in having insufficient teaching experience to see the sense in what she said. Once I did, it made the difference to the quality and impact of my teaching. An original and insightful thinker, a passionate speaker and something of a visionary for teaching.