We teachers do not use the same calendar as humans. Your calendar may run from January to December, but our one runs from September to July. August is a blur. Yes we've heard it all before, we get paid for sitting on our butts and watching day time TV for six weeks. (To be honest, as I
sit here sipping a cup of tea, the dog at my feet , listening to the sounds of Jeremy Kyle shouting at poor people in the background, I feel absolutely no guilt. I have just been paid for sitting on my butt for six weeks. Six glorious weeks, Don't hate the player, hate the game.)
The new term, and therefore the new year, is upon us and I'm feeling reflective. I feel like taking stock of all Poetry to Succeed has achieved so far, and starting to consider what the next year will bring. Poetry to Succeed is at the dawn of a next chapter. Bookings from schools are trickling in from across the country, the new open mic night "Poetry in Commotion" will be kicking off next week. The feature film I am involved in, New Town Utopia, has just started its kickstarter and will be pushing for a 2016 release. A few very cool shows are in the diary and my latest book "Cro-Magnon Plan" is selling...ok its hardly flying off the shelves but its far too cool to sell too well. I'd hate to be thought of as mainstream now wouldn't I? I have two very exciting collaborative short films in the pipeline. Some shooting still to go with Thomas Owoo aka GhettoGeek and Black Supahero Media and a little bit of editing to go with myself and Cherry Scott's and MattBox Film's latest collaboration. In the mean time a new project, a book of poems aimed at junior aged children is currently in production. As well as this I have brought on an additional site administrator and member of the Poetry to Succeed team. Kelsie Battiste, an English teacher, drama fanatic and all round charmer hailing from snowy Canada will be lending a hand in the ideas department, helping to maintain the website and Facebook account as well as helping with the increasingly complicated logistics of juggling multiple projects at once.You'll probably see and hear more from her in the future.
Basically things are getting busy, things are looking positive and I'm starting to think this poetry thing may well have been a good idea in the first place! Who said you cant make a living from art? Poetry to Succeed enters its third year. Watch this space!
PS: Those interested in the New Town Utopia project can visit: