It remains a very odd year. But, we are still (virtually) here and as bits of lockdown ease, are re-imposed, are too restrictive, aren’t stringent enough, time continues to march on as we do our best with it.
Poetically I have continued on-line and been privileged to be invited to contribute to a range of events. From the clever series of launch events for Purl, Jo Dixon‘s delightful first collection which I recommend you acquire and enjoy as soon as possible, to hosting workshops From the Corner of my Eye via Nottingham Writers Studio with participants from as far away as York and Texas, USA.
In my Poetry Aloud role I have produced events for the lockdown version of Exile Music festival, running and event called Exile Festival Poets Breakout with headliners Mark Gwynne-Jones and Lucy Peacock. I also produced WSO Wordsmith’s Summer Outing raising much needed funds for Emmanuel House.
Comin up soon is the launch of The World Outside on Tuesday the 4th of August from Nottingham Writers Studio. This is a collection of responses to the lockdown with contributions from many writers from the NWS, including one from me. Catch the performances via the link above
I’m also delighted to be working on a pilot project with Creative Paths, more on that in the future.
I hope you keep well, enjoy the year, albeit differently to as you may have anticipated doing so, and keep enjoying words.