What I Did On My Holidays…

No beach for me!

Most people choose to go somewhere nice on holiday.  Somewhere sunny;  somewhere they  can lie around and do not much more than give themselves a healthy radiation dose.  I chose to go to school.

I’ve spent nearly three weeks here.   I have to say that it’s been one of the best couple of weeks I’ve spent being productive in my life.  I met amazing people and made new friends.  And it was only 5 minutes from my  door.  If you fancy doing a general  English course (with a Creative Writing element) then I recommend SUISS.   The lectures were generally good, the tutors excellent and I got to spend a lot of time doing cultural events (mostly the book festival).  In addition the evening events included visits from notable literary figures and the occasional party.

Highlights:

Student Reading; I was surprised at the general quality of the writing on display.  Just about everyone got up and read something.  I acquired a reputation for doing my own thing because I got up and just read out an entire short story instead of sticking to the billed 5 minutes each.  (Oops)

Leonitia Flynne.  Excellent Irish poet.  She’s also very funny and comes across as a genuine and approachable person.  She also gave a lecture on poetry that was quite interesting.

John Burnside.   Great Fife poet.  He read some poetry and an excerpt from one of his memoirs.  A very interesting man with a great sense of humour.

Michael Rosen; ex Childrens laureate.  I want him to be my dad.  He was supposed to do a masterclass in writing for children but we just wanted to hear him tell bedtime stories.

In addition to this I got to see Iain Banks, Carol Ann Duffy and Gary Younge at the book festival.

I miss everyone who I became friends with.  I miss the time I spent learning again.  I feel woken up and I am now looking at ways I can get published.

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4 Comments on “What I Did On My Holidays…”

  1. Mark Maranto says:

    Gavin,
    Very well said my friend! Thanks once and always for the generosity of spirit for us tourist types while in your home town! I will never forget our night at the Pleasance Courtyard or the incredible curry restaurant. (The names eludes me.) I miss you and Deb and Cathy!
    Mark
    a.k.a. Dame Fruity Dense

  2. antihippy says:

    Hey there,

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m not kidding when I say I miss you alll. And the Indian restaurant is called Kistmot! I hope that I can come to Chicago soon and see soon you too!

  3. Deb Wain says:

    Hey fellas!

    I miss you too – we should make this comment section into a mutual-appreciation-and-missing-you-terribly comment bank where we can come and get a pick me up of somebody-appreciates-me when we need it.

    I think you should all come & visit me in Australia (I’ll advise you of an appropriate time of year for a pasty white man to visit our sun-drenched country, Gav)

    Deb xXx

  4. antihippy says:

    Hey Deb,

    I feel much better for reading that! It’s always good to get a wee pick me up!

    Especially with the week I’ve had… So yeah find me a good date to come visit.


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