What I Did On My Holidays…Posted: August 29, 2010
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.
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.
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.