Cannot believe we are almost in May already and find myself running to catch up with this year - how about you? Of course, the fact I have been so crazily busy all the time has not helped one iota. Every time I think I am on top of it all, something else comes along and I tumble all the way down again! The Young Writer group is absolutely flying right now and doing better than it ever has! It was perfect timing when a newbie came along recently whose poet-mum has now become my first lieutenant! Take a look at addiscombeyoungwriters.blogspot.co.uk to catch up with all our news.
Wasn't it sad about Victoria Wood. As a writer she had a huge impact on me and her output was quite phenomenal. The world in general has lost another bright star - it has been a bad year for celebrity losses - and Victoria will be sorely missed. Huge thanks Ms Wood for all the wonderful things -and characters - you gave us. RIP.
Thought it was time I gave a Poetry Update - I have written around 80 new poems so far this year and plan on making time to start submitting them again. The Australian Editor said she would like more so she will probably be my first port of call - but I have, as Baldrick used to say in "Blackadder" - a cunning plan - which may lead to a regular market for at least some of them, so watch this space for more info.
As far as The New Book is going (as opposed to The Epic which is starting to niggle again after almost a year away from it), I am still trying to find a way to get it out there to teachers and interested parents and writers right across the English-speaking world (and maybe even the non-English speaking world, who knows?) - whether in book format , course format or even as a website (said she who knows NOTHING about setting up websites) - to encourage the development of more groups for Young Writers. The continuing popularity of Addiscombe Young Writers, the workshops for 6 - 9 year olds I ran before, the school talks - and even the Young Reporter club I ran when I wrote for a local paper - really proves to me how much interest there is in this subject (and how rarely it is considered an extra-curricular activity) so there must be a way to provide the foundations I already have archived, to other people. Hmm - it is a conundrum - but I am convinced something will turn up!
Away from Writing (but not for long) - nephew's wedding three weeks ago went well, great-nephew Harry had his second birthday party last Saturday. He looked adorable in his Postman Pat outfit. Brother Paul got back to his home in Denmark okay and by all accounts had a brilliant reunion with his dog Chippa who seemed quite happy to leave the Doggy Hotel he'd been staying in. The venue is booked for the Big Party next year (my 60th and Steve's 65th) and guess what? The sun is shining!
See you soon.