Did I promise more info about the Southwark Speaks project? Oh yes, I did. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/gQbc8W
"Your room has a cliché. Destroy it." Fine prompts and other imperatives to be found at The Ommwriters’ new site: http://bit.ly/g4lWgH
RT @nadiakhomami The Barbican went off. Congrats to all involved. And thanks to lovely friends who came down. 280 person venue almost packed
"Can you do that? Can you just plug in some made up thing and end up with solutions? Can you simply…"
- Richard Siken via Harriet (via Instapaper)
There’s a first for everything. I’ve never had anything I do described as algebraic before. Thank you! Of course, I’m hoping that you’re someone who appreciates numbers and that you didn’t mean algebraic in the sense of obtuse or hard to grasp… ;)
Proud of the Southwark Speaks poets from last night’s session – unafraid in their written (/moving) responses to elders’ life stories…
Barbican Poets’ showcase: 23rd March, 19.30, Cinema 2. That’s right, poetry event in a cinema. See you there? http://bit.ly/eRLwDt
"Only the brave should teach. Only those who love the young should teach. Teaching is a vocation. It…"
- Pearl S. Buck (via libraryland)
Just had a helluva conversation with one of my on/off students on Hip-Hop, poetry, language and identity. Sometimes I get as much as I give.
"Any intention of writing poetry beyond the most basic aim to make a poem, of engaging the materials,…"
- Dean Young– The Art of Recklessness
Post’s in, including the Journal from @WritersCentre: a beautifully rendered overview of 2 years of work in the form of a newspaper. Lovely.
One of my editorial charges (@nbahadur) has a new site up: http://www.ninabahadur.com – go see. Debut pamphlet available soon.
Under the weather today. Spent the weekend with 38 year 4-6s. They came away with poems; I get their airborne bugs. Fair exchange?
RT @jonathanmead: Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. -Goethe
- How a Poem Happens: Wesley McNair
“The traditional model penalises for failure and experimentation but doesn’t expect mastery.”
One of the things I love about the Khan academy is the way Salman Khan found his way into this project. From posting tutorials for his cousins on YouTube, Salman Khan has developed an “academy” that has delivered 41 million lessons (at time of writing), and is now working towards a goal of giving “access to a world-class education to billions of students around the world”.
Dear bright and entrepreneurial innovator in the fields of technology and literature: how might this (or a similar) method of teaching work in the field of creative writing? Or, more appropriately, creative reading?
Reminds me of a conversation I once had with Roger Robinson about “straight” writers and “ornamental” writers…