Well, I did my workshop at St Thomas Aquinas School on Monday. There were a huge range of abilities in the group, but they were all full of an amazing variety of great ideas. When it came to the actual writing I was genuinely surprised and delighted with the quality of the material the kids produced. Two or three of them were exceptional, and have the real potential to become published writers themselves in the future.
Initially our aim was to formulate a collaborative piece of work, but it quickly became clear that the majority of kids wanted to take the ideas they’d had off in their own direction, so it seemed wise to stick with the first paragraph we came up with – which was very good, incidentally – and then allow them to do their own thing.
At the end of the day I gave a talk to a class of year seven pupils. I’ve no doubt that some of them were bored witless by it, but I hope I got through to a couple of them with the “it’s up to you to make something of yourself” message I tried to hit home at the end.
The day was very hard work and involved far more preparation than I’d anticipated, but overall it seemed to go okay. I’m not sure what the kids themselves thought of it – it’d be interesting to know what kind of thing they told their parents when they got home. Anyway, that’s it – done and dusted.
Back in the rest of my life, I seemed to be getting involved in music again. More about that as, when, and if it all happens…