Currently on the road, on the way back from another six hour session for poets who want to develop their teaching practice, this time in Nottingham. Aside from the slightly dodgy tuna melt courtesy of the AMT Coffee concession at the station, in the immortal words of Ice Cube himself: “today was a good day.” There was an energising selection of poets-stroke-education-facilitators in the room, but also the added bonus of two young poets I have a lot of love for, Miriam Nash and Deborah Stevenson. Miriam is currently serving as Production Assistant for Shake the Dust (the national youth SLAM project I’m working on for 2012), while Deborah is the creative director for Mouthy Poets— a collective/community of poets associated with Nottingham Playhouse. Both are fantastic poets and facilitators in their own rights. I first met Deborah through the Roundhouse Poetry workshops I used to run (how many years ago now?) and I’ve acted as Miriam’s mentor since 2008. Having them both in the room was a joy— I’ve seen them develop and grow as writers and literature professionals, and to see them presenting their work… well, it’s not as if they’re “mine” to feel proud of, but I certainly do.
I’m on a train back to London from running a masterclass for poets in education at the Contact in Manchester, and this quote popped up in my feed reader. Nice.