Well, as those of you who are interested will see from our pictures, The Youthy in Thornaby was the last ‘official’ gig of The Works Tour. 🙁 It’s been a fantastic experience, especially working with a ‘Sound’ man and a digital artist – I’ve learned such a lot. A special thank you to the ‘Band’.
The main point of this tour was to try and appeal to non-poetry audiences and I think we’ve done that. We’ve had big turn outs, especially at Washington and Liverpool.
I’ve also been ‘touring’ schools in the Tees Valley with a special adaptation of ‘The Works’, using poems to fit into the National Curriculum. Already I’ve visited seven schools and there are another three to do. The children have received the programme well and responded positively to it.
In the meantime, as part of my residency with North Lodge Park in Darlington, I’ve been selecting text and extracts from poems to go on huge metal leaves to be installed in North Lodge Park. I’ve never quite selected work before on the basis of whether it will fit on a leaf, but there we are – all part of a poet’s life nowadays!
And now, I’m packing my sandwiches ready to go off and do my last of six sessions with some pupils at King’s Manor School in Middlesbrough – teenagers – oh what joy! They’ve kept me on my toes alright, and what a lot of new words I’ve learned! I’ll leave you one to conjure with, ‘Mosher’
Hopefully, more about the King’s Manor residency and the teenager poems later.