It’s been a long time. Too long.

I’ve not been sitting on my hands though – I absolutely triple promise you with a massive cherry (a tasty cherry at that) on top. It may have been a full ten months since I last ‘blogged’ but that’s mostly because I’ve been a busy bunny. Where do I begin?

The second collection of community poetry? ‘Poems from Villagetown: volume 2’ and the resulting launch at the ‘Head for the Hills’ music festival? Should I report on doing five performance slots in three days leaving me absolutely shattered but with an awesome feeling of ‘Blimey! Did that just happen?’. Possibly. I could mention that this clearly led to the book rocketing to number 2 in the Kindle poetry charts – but that would sound a bit showy-offy – so I will refrain. Ok, I do want to show off about it – it was an amazing few weeks riding high in the charts, but there was no rest for the wicked and so we moved on…

Poems from Villagetown

Grinning inanely next to a tower…

Poems from Villagetown Volume 2

The obligatory ‘new book on the coffee table’ shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that? Well maybe it would be time to tell some tales of autumnal travel – covering the North of England and Scotland for another year of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. I could let you know of my first official Scottish Macbeth performed by Year 5 pupils in Aberdeen or the mind blowing Midsummer Nights Dream complete with inflatable unicorn presented by a special school in Wallasey. Or maybe you want to find out about one of the most creative King Lear’s I’ve ever seen, performed by eleven year olds. I could do all of those things…

Perhaps I should blabber on about some of the really fun individual commissions I’ve had; the teaching conferences or any of the 27 different schools I’ve visited over the last six months touring ‘My Bottom Did A Burp In Class’; or the growth of the Youtube channel; or me finally discovering Instagram exists. But to spend time chatting about that would be avoiding a rather special elephant in the room.

The small, A5 sized pachyderm that’s filled with colourful pictures, silly rhyme and just a dash of utter nonsense perched rather awkwardly over there in the corner. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have a release date for the new children’s book ‘Wibbly Wobbly Words’ and its accompanying national tour. The big day is Monday 26th February – also the day that (statistically at least) I hit the magic marker of 40 years old. A coincidence? Don’t you believe it. I’m working through my birthday on purpose. No way I can get old if I’m too busy to admit it’s happening 🙂

Wobbly Wobbly Words

Another book on a coffee table. They’re like buses…

Wibbly Wobbly Words

Man and boy with book (and some pretty nifty looking banners if I do say so myself)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas has once again returned with the illustrations; pupils from Old Hall Primary School in Bury have assisted with a combination of helping me rehearse the poems from the book, writing the blurb and contributing some nonsense of their own and we are ready for a launch with so much sparkle attached that it will make everyone around go “Ooh. Isn’t it pretty?”

We are all set to go and the nest few months are going to be even more of a rollercoaster. Expect far more news in the weeks to come…