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The history of sci-fi, rendered in the form of a complicated but rather beautiful info graphic – http://t.co/QQ3LPmv1

The history of sci-fi, rendered in the form of a complicated but rather beautiful info graphic - http://t.co/QQ3LPmv1
Oct 4

The Conversational 11 with Barbican Poets Aisling Fahey, Nadia Khomami and Zionite, representing a range of poetics… http://t.co/HehI4Jfn

The Conversational 11 with Barbican Poets Aisling Fahey, Nadia Khomami and Zionite, representing a range of poetics... http://t.co/HehI4Jfn
Oct 4

RT @eireannmor: In London? Like poetry? Like geology (or willing to)? Next Monday, 10 Oct, FREE: www.geolsoc.org.uk/geopoetry C.f. free …

RT @eireannmor: In London? Like poetry? Like geology (or willing to)? Next Monday, 10 Oct, FREE: www.geolsoc.org.uk/geopoetry C.f. free ...
Oct 3

Popshot Magazine 6 – The Love Issue – out now, featuring flipped eye’s very own Max Wallis, among notable others… http://t.co/pUJzLX6D

Popshot Magazine 6 - The Love Issue - out now, featuring flipped eye's very own Max Wallis, among notable others... http://t.co/pUJzLX6D
Oct 3

Freelance writer Lisa Hitchen’s experience of one of my masterclasses for poets in education here: http://t.co/IdVz4TD4 — Thanks, Lisa!

Freelance writer Lisa Hitchen's experience of one of my masterclasses for poets in education here: http://t.co/IdVz4TD4 -- Thanks, Lisa!
Oct 3

RT @ifbook: Bill Hill on Amazon Apple and the Future of the Font http://t.co/JxQqtJx1

RT @ifbook: Bill Hill on Amazon Apple and the Future of the Font http://t.co/JxQqtJx1
Oct 3

"If you’re going to count on the competition to bring out your best work, you’ve…"

“If you’re going to count on the competition to bring out your best work, you’ve surrendered control over your most important asset. Real achievement comes from racing ahead when no one else sees a path—and holding back when the rush isn’t going where you want to go.”

- Seth’s Blog: Run your own race
Sep 30

Sent first stanzas for collaborative poems to @libwithattitude for Write Path— pushing poetry through schools via tech: http://t.co/GdxJGWMc

Sent first stanzas for collaborative poems to @libwithattitude for Write Path— pushing poetry through schools via tech: http://t.co/GdxJGWMc
Sep 30

In other news, I’m en route to Plymouth in advance of tomorrow’s 6hr masterclass for poets in education. 3 hour train journey. Email? Write?

In other news, I'm en route to Plymouth in advance of tomorrow's 6hr masterclass for poets in education. 3 hour train journey. Email? Write?
Sep 28

Advance copies of my collection ‘Breaking Silence’ should arrive any day now. Official publication date October 27th. Excited? For sure!

Advance copies of my collection 'Breaking Silence' should arrive any day now. Official publication date October 27th. Excited? For sure!
Sep 28

This year’s intake for Barbican Poets has been confirmed. Excited by the range and quality of work. Looking forward to pushing them further.

This year's intake for Barbican Poets has been confirmed. Excited by the range and quality of work. Looking forward to pushing them further.
Sep 27

Video: INKLING BY WACOM (by Wacom) Gadget lust. Seriously. I’m no illustrator, but I’d happily spend some… http://t.co/m11IfwAs

Video: INKLING BY WACOM (by Wacom) Gadget lust. Seriously. I’m no illustrator, but I’d happily spend some... http://t.co/m11IfwAs
Sep 26

INKLING BY WACOM (by Wacom) Gadget lust. Seriously. I’m no…



INKLING BY WACOM (by Wacom)

Gadget lust. Seriously. I’m no illustrator, but I’d happily spend some time thinking about ways I could use this… 

Sep 26

Aoife Mannix, Riga.  Long time, no photo-post. Life gets in the…



Aoife Mannix, Riga. 

Long time, no photo-post. Life gets in the way sometimes. But I’ve added a new camera to my arsenal: I’m now shooting with a Bronica ETRSI. It’s a different experience from shooting with the Yashica 124G I shot with for most of last year, and the format for prints comes out as a rectangular 6x4.5 (as opposed to the Yashica’s square 6x6). The Bronica is heavier, more of a conventional single lens form factor complete with loud mirror drop action and demands a bit more dexterity to operate; the Yashica seems designed for ease of operation, where settings and focus can be adjusted without any significant shift of grip. 

That said, I’m already falling in love with the Bronica. It arrived just before a trip to Latvia, and I was cautious with it, not knowing how it would handle. Having seen the first couple of rolls, I’m wishing I’d shot more. 

Sep 24

Managed to squeeze in two more meetings with mentees today. Sometimes it’s all about asking the right questions…

Managed to squeeze in two more meetings with mentees today. Sometimes it's all about asking the right questions...
Sep 23

"Every time I write, I try to hold the world still by noticing how the world moves. Butterflies…"

“Every time I write, I try to hold
the world still by noticing how the world moves. Butterflies
fear the pins of this method, I fear what happens
after the pinhole at the end of this sentence.”

- Bob Hicok, ‘Waiting For My Foot To Ring’.
Sep 23

"Every time I write, I try to hold the world still by noticing how the world moves. Butterflies fear the…" http://t.co/U5kBJfv9

"Every time I write, I try to hold the world still by noticing how the world moves. Butterflies fear the..." http://t.co/U5kBJfv9
Sep 23

Blogging from the open road (en route to Birmingham): on the importance of listening in workshops… http://t.co/7Nnx57b2

Blogging from the open road (en route to Birmingham): on the importance of listening in workshops... http://t.co/7Nnx57b2
Sep 22

"It was particularly disconcerting for me to realize that when the priorities of adults and kids…"

“It was particularly disconcerting for me to realize that when the priorities of adults and kids diverge, we simply assume that ours ought to displace theirs. Stop wasting your time learning song lyrics when you could be doing important stuff — namely, whatever’s in our lesson plans: solving for x or using apostrophes correctly or reading about the Crimean War. We tell more than we ask; we direct more than we listen; we use our power to pressure or even punish students whose interests don’t align with ours. This has any number of unfortunate results, including loss of both self-confidence and interest in learning. But let’s not forget to number among the sad consequences the fact that many students quite understandably choose to keep the important parts of themselves hidden from us. That’s a shame in its own right, and it also prevents us from being the best teachers we can be.”

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Alfie Kohn: What We Don’t Know About Our Students — And Why We Don’t Know It

I’m on the road, running masterclasses for poets who want to develop their teaching practise and work in education up and down the country. Southampton at the beginning of the week, Norwich yesterday, Birmingham today and six more to go. Six hours of tools, techniques, challenges and practical issues, and there’s so much to cover.

One of the things I’ve underlined in every session is the need within a workshop to establish an awareness of goals. I always try to create some space for the people I’m working with to let me know what it is that they want to get out of our time. Or at least to ensure that the people I’m working with feel they’re being listened to. One of my goals is to encourage my students/participants to claim ownership of their experience. The reality is that many of the students I meet in my school visits didn’t come to class for a poetry workshop. They’re sitting in front of me because someone else has decided that they have to be there, that they have to learn something about poetry, or that poetry might be an interesting way to explore some other subject. But I don’t want to try to push ideas into anyone’s head by brute force— ideally, I want minds open and ready to receive. So I listen. I create a space where listening is a valuable act.

There are three sets of goals to consider in any workshop: your own, as the facilitator; the teacher or institution who/which has booked you; and the students/participants you’re working with. Your challenge: to balance those (sometimes conflicting) considerations and create (curate?) a valuable, meaningful experience.

Not to forget, the workshops we run as poets can allow our students to open up and explore parts of themselves that they don’t reveal to the teachers (and even other students) they see every day. If there’s no value placed on the act of listening, those revelations go unheard, if they even happen at all.

(via Robert Greco)

Sep 22

"When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was a bridegroom,…" http://t.co/PK5oRoQn

"When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was a bridegroom,..." http://t.co/PK5oRoQn
Sep 20