I know I go on about the courses at Arvon a lot but today was quite revealing. I accidently popped my Arvon notebook from a course last year into my bag instead of my equally bulky Myslexia diary! Suddenly, with an unexpected hour to kill after aqua at the gym, I found myself re-reading all my notes, discovering poems I had started and not finished.
It was like having a mini-tutorial from Jean Sprackland and then another one from Jacob Polley. (I’ve just bought his latest book by the way ‘The Havocs’ and love it. This is Jacob Polley’s third collection and it has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize! He is a fantastic poet and an encouraging tutor as is Jean)
Although I wrote and finished some things up there in lovely Lumb Bank, there were lots of things I just could not manage. Naturally some people whizzed ahead and finished a lot more than I did. But whey hey … great to discover something else to work on. Makes an Arvon course even better value!
You can check out my video diary about it if you like. But did I really allow myself face my own camera, with no make up, in bad lighting, late at night? But gives you the general idea!
Now to finish a few poems – plenty of competitions in the wind and new inspiration.
This is the video diary, 9 minutes long, the pheasant with attitude is great!