Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Lots of exciting news to do with BOOKS...!

Well, well, well, after several weeks of not-so-nice stuff going on in and around the Ribble Babel household, there's loads of Good Stuff happening!

I am now the proud owner of a brand new part-time job in a Library! Whoopee!

I'm also the proud owner of a brand new freelance Group Leader job in learning with Lancashire County Council! Whoopee-doopee!!

And as if that wasn't exciting enough, that splendid bookshop Waterstones will be stocking Witherstone at their Preston branch in the very near future! Whoopie-Doopeeeee with cherries on the top!!!

Or as my friend Max would have it - you'll soon be able to get down to Witherstone for your copy of Waterstones :o)  Same difference.

Monday, 16 July 2012

having a ball...

Inbetween dashing here, there and everywhere else this week, I've just finished my first stint of one-to-one mentoring of a young writer, Emily Oldfield, with whom I've been in conversation for a few months now.

In overseeing her first day as the Guest Guest Editor of the Lancashire Writing Hub (- with huge thanks to John D Rutter for allowing Emily to assume his Guest Editor role for the week! -) I have to say I'm well impressed with Emily's decision-making and with her work schedule for the week.

She has commissioned articles by other young writers, and is interested in exploring the question of what writing means to young people with a group of Year7-8 school students, and with a group of older students, later this week. And this is all alongside writing her own articles on subjects from Nihilism to Romanticism to the poetry of Sylvia Plath to the question of what makes a classic novel.

blimey! ...and after breakfast... ha ha!

I'm really looking forward to seeing what Emily will be producing this week... !