To be expanded upon, but a big sigh of relief for now that the Junction Project is done and went well, and an expression of puzzlement that for some reason the Friday poem, #28, reverted to being a draft after it was posted tweeted and shared so it appears on the blog out of order. However, given its nature perhaps it's fitting. Big thanks to everyone, you will be listed later, after I've had a long soak in a hot bath!
26 Aug 2012: update
Well, three weeks later......... that was a hell of a long bath.......
Thank you to Matt, Elena, Helen and Claire for help and encouragement. Special mentions to staff at Bella and High Town Art Shop for loan of steps, and to Billy Howe for help with local history. Alex at Puff in Peace (49A, electronic cigarette shop) provided a coffee and a chat when I needed it most- he's lovely so if you're trying to give up tobacco and want a cheaper alternative go and see him.
Thanks also to Glenn Morris at WCR (101.8fm) for letting me be his 'resident poet' for four weeks on the Friday Drive programme.
This was a great project, it was a bit manic as it was so multi-faceted but I had good people cheering me on and giving encouraging feedback (Take a bow Roger Noons, Anne Hastings, David Calcutt, Eileen Ward Birch and lots of family including some splendid detective work from Deidre Arblaster). I sometimes thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew and I probably did, but d'you know what? I CHEWED IT!
Now looking forward to the CD of the festival with some excellent musicians (and a bit of poetry). I'll post links on blog when it's done.
Now this is sounding like a bloody Oscars speech so I'll bugger off before anyone throws up.....