Marking imminent…

Rather than posting in full, since a marking flurry is imminent, here is a post I made yesterday for Strange Bedfellows on creativity and staring out a word processor.

Also worth a read over at SB is information on a new creative mentoring programme for school students led by humanities graduate students at the Universities of York and Leeds. I look forward to hearing more about how that works out for both sides.


Happy National Poetry Day!

I love National Poetry Day, although I’m rather busy this year (you-know-that-thesis-business) so I’m not able to mark it properly today. Instead, here are some poetry related links…

Happy National Poetry Day from Great Writers Inspire – Over on the GWI blog, I’ve posted a Keats poem in honour of this year’s ‘star’ theme.

‘An opening identity crisis: I don’t call myself…’  – Instead of posting about my various anxieties and identity crises here, I’ve blogged about creative and critical identity over at Strange Bedfellows.

Feeling retro? – Here is what I was doing on this blog at this time last year.

PoetCasting for National Poetry Day 2009 – Recordings from a PoetCasting event held for National Poetry Day in 2009. I distinctly remember that I had a very rotten flu that night.

The summer has ended, and I am not yet saved (or much further on with my thesis)

I haven’t blogged for a long time now, sorry about that to my regular readers and subscribers. As term swings into view, I’m hoping to post more regularly.

I will be posting regularly, although not necessarily here. I’m going to be part of a team of bloggers for the Strange Bedfellows project,  a new initiative run by PhD students at the universities of York and Hull and supported by the University of York. The project seeks to engage with how creativity and critical analysis meet in the age of austerity. I’m very excited to be involved, and readers will know that I’ve blogged in the past about these themes. I’m part of a team of 11 bloggers, with interests which span film, music, fiction, poetry, publishing, art, archeology and philosophy. It should be an interesting collaboration!

Over the summer, I’ve taught at a two week social enterprise summer school, been awarded a scholarship for academic excellence, worked on a collaborative funding proposal, prepared for my teaching in Michaelmas, planned my thesis work to completion, attended an interdisciplinary Sylvia Plath Masterclass, written a journal article, and a book review, and two conference papers, attended one conference, been on holiday to Italy and Cyprus, moved house, and continued working on the Great Writers Inspire project. I’m about ready for a break.

What do you mean term is starting?

My ‘Introduction to Literary Studies’ class

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