Two things

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I’ve had quite a busy start to the New Year so far which has been wonderful.  But one thing I should probably acknowledge on here is that I’m going to have a baby in three months time!

Weirdly instead of making me slow down, it’s made me want to cram as much work in as possible, so of course I have decided to plan for a new very ambitious project in 2016 – more on that later.  First of all I’ve had two really great work related experiences in the past couple of weeks.

The first one was being asked to do a day as a guest tutor at my old university, which was really amazing!  I was a bit apprehensive at first, but luckily I had gotten used to the crit format again while doing the MFA at Northumbria, as well as doing some mentoring when I ran Book Apothecary so I think I settled in quite quickly.  Then I convinced myself that no one would sign up to my slots, but in the end I think I saw about 7 students – including a bit of an impromptu one from my friend Helen Shaddock who I met for lunch (she’s currently studying the MFA).  Most of all, it made me really really excited about going to the BA show in the summer – depending on baby’s arrival of course.  There were two students that really impressed me, who had a great understanding of their practice already – something that has taken me years to get to.  I was pretty exhausted by the end – it gave me an insight into how much energy full time lecturers need to have day in, day out.  I’d love to do more of it though.

The second really amazing work related thing that has happened is that I had a really brilliant interview for a programme of workshops based in Northumberland.  On the day I had to run a workshop, which replaced the interview, but I had so much fun I completely forgot it was an interview.  Then I found out that I got it, which is amazing! It also comes with some mentoring work, which I love doing so I think it’s going to be a great project to bring this period of working to a close before I go on maternity.  The project is lead by Helix Arts and I went in for an induction with the project leader Kate Anderson a couple of days ago as it’s my first time working with the organisation.  I was incredibly impressed by the amount of time Kate put into settling me in and I actually get paid for preparation, which in my experience, rarely happens with workshop work, so the project has got off to a great start already.  I’ll post more about the development of the project over the coming weeks.

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