December, and the Old Year, ends and I'm finally getting round to posting something here. It's been a pleasingly, though at times a bit overwhelmingly, busy month from a poetry point-of-view - a slew of pre-Christmas performances, another Radio 4 Saturday Live slot (you can listen to the programme from 19th December here if you're interested in checking out the two poems I came up with) and quite a few deadlines to meet (the last of which is at 4 pm today!)
Also had my usual twice-weekly workshops to run, plenty of one-to-one tuition and mentoring, plus a scriptwriting session at Pontardawe Script Café for Peacock Vein Writing Group. This group contains quite a few students with whom I previously worked when teaching creative writing at Swansea University in the early years of this decade - it was so great to meet up with them again.
Another highlight of the month was visiting the Earth: Art of a Changing World exhibition at the Royal Academy, in which thirty leading contemporary artists from around the world present new and recent work in response to climate change. I'm still processing and thinking about all I saw and have several poems brewing in response to some of the work.
I'm heading down to West Wales for a few days over the New Year period for lots of walking and reading (Magnetic North by Sara Wheeler is top of my reading list) and will hopefully find some time to mull over all that went on in 2009 and all that I hope 2010 may contain.
Happy New Year - and thanks to everyone who's stopped by to read and/or post a comment here over the past twelve months.
The Wild Places by Robert MacFarlane
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