"Avoid worrying about whether what you write will be worth reading. Instead ask whether it is worth…"
- “Time and the Art of Living” Robert Grudin
Students of Ng Mo Kio – you rule! One stop on the Piccadilly line though? Best way to know a city is to walk it… ;)
Still at ITV studios – just randomly bumped into a London Teenage Poetry Slam alumnus, who’s now an intern here and working on a novel. Wow.
ITV studios this morning. +1 to the "ways to misspell my name" list. Lol. Must carry own name badge. http://t.co/XkQurvbT
Currently rereading Merlin Mann’s Inbox Zero series (oldies but goodies): Articles of faith http://t.co/K3b72age (via Instapaper)
Let it be known: @smtink is a don. Check out her new company http://t.co/TJ95Y7TZ particularly if you’re interested in youth arts.
Wellcome Trust Art Awards – £30k+ available for projects bringing arts together with biomedical sciences… http://t.co/JciaqdBi
It’s me and Christian Campbell @FreeWordCentre vs two US poet laureates on @KingsPlace on November 7th. Darn. Where’s that clash diary?
Dear uninterrupted-time-for-making-stuff: you don’t love me like you used to. You don’t call, don’t write… Did I do something to offend?
Photo: The universe just made my October. Or, to be more accurate, the fine folk of Stones Throw records… http://t.co/4OEIs7lx
The universe just made my October. Or, to be more accurate, the fine folk of Stones Throw records did. Or, to be even more precise, blame (thank?) Dimitri Grimm. Thought I’d have to wait until November, but I just got word that Dimlite’s third longplayer “Grimm Reality” is available now. Dimlite’s music features heavily in my soundtrack for everyday living, and there were a few tracks in particular that made the ‘Breaking Silence’ playlist while I was banging my head against the manuscript. Follow the link above to cop a download. And do check the back catalogue. I mean the full back catalogue with all the Madlib-esque incarnations of Grimm.
Now, if HogBay could get that new TaskPaper iOS update finished and through the App store submission process, I might even be persuaded to smile a little…
OK-ness is the enemy of greatness, so sayeth Joshua Foer (via the 99% conference) – video: http://t.co/7mF9sDXB
Dear ok plateaux: I’ve got your number. Be seeing (the back of) you soon, yeah?
Joshua Foer: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and Study Yourself Failing (by 99%)
"I think teaching makes me smarter, not only about poetry but also about many other subjects. I read…" http://t.co/4GOoX9zv
"I think teaching makes me smarter, not only about poetry but also about many other subjects. I read…"
Currently on the road, on the way back from another six hour session for poets who want to develop their teaching practice, this time in Nottingham. Aside from the slightly dodgy tuna melt courtesy of the AMT Coffee concession at the station, in the immortal words of Ice Cube himself: “today was a good day.” There was an energising selection of poets-stroke-education-facilitators in the room, but also the added bonus of two young poets I have a lot of love for, Miriam Nash and Deborah Stevenson. Miriam is currently serving as Production Assistant for Shake the Dust (the national youth SLAM project I’m working on for 2012), while Deborah is the creative director for Mouthy Poets— a collective/community of poets associated with Nottingham Playhouse. Both are fantastic poets and facilitators in their own rights. I first met Deborah through the Roundhouse Poetry workshops I used to run (how many years ago now?) and I’ve acted as Miriam’s mentor since 2008. Having them both in the room was a joy— I’ve seen them develop and grow as writers and literature professionals, and to see them presenting their work… well, it’s not as if they’re “mine” to feel proud of, but I certainly do.