As well as setting up and teaching a ‘Creative Writing’ class (which starts again for a new term TOMORROW – eek – I should be preparing), I am still tutoring poetry for the Writers Bureau and now I have a new, part-time job, working as an Area Co-ordinator for The Friendship Project for Children.
It’s a very worthwhile charity (based in Warwickshire), which matches volunteers (‘Older Friends’) with disadvantaged children (‘Younger Friends’) for days out, fun and friendship. I used to be a volunteer myself, so I know the ropes from that side but of course being on the ‘staff’ is a bit different.
Today, I actually showered, did my hair, put make-up on and dressed smartly (normally, I do none of those things) and went to a proper meeting with about 20 other people from various agencies at the Fire Station in Stratford. (Sadly, no hunky firemen were on view. Actually, it turned out they were on strike! Weird. But anyway, I digress…).
When I got home I phoned my mum. “How did your meeting go?” she said.
Me: “Oh, really good! Yes. I enjoyed it. They gave us coffee and there were loads of cakes and crisps and biscuits and things… “
And I couldn’t understand why she started laughing. Hmm, you see I’m out of practice in ‘The World of Work’. I need to remember that the purpose of meetings is not to imbibe caffeine and stuff my face, right?
The Birmingham Literature Festival starts soon and a local DJ (who also happens to be doing an MA in Creative Writing), is spending the 10 days of the Festival in the brand new library (not sure if she’s actually sleeping there – I suspect not, but that would be more fun!) and her challenge is to write a 30,000 word novella – with input from the general public! It’s one way to get to know the new library, I suppose…!