I hope that 2018 holds all that you would want it to.
I haven’t done much this week except stuff for Christmas (which went very well, thanks for asking), running and decorating, so I thought I should do a round-up of 2017 – well, everyone else seems to be doing this.
It’s been an amazing year for me. I’ve:
- performed at 16 gigs (including one at the House of Lords and one on a cruise ship; mostly topping the bill at the others);
- won 4 slams;
- written 4 new slam poems and loads of others;
- had a book of page poetry accepted for publication;
- had 3 poems accepted for publication in anthologies;
- written a new one-act play, which will be presented in March;
- worked with an Artlift group in Cirencester (three terms); a group of people suffering with chronic pain, in Hereford (3 terms); my Young Writers’ groups (Pershore and Evesham); three other writers’ groups; in a prison and a hospice; with a firm of solicitors in London; and with people on a cruise;
- given four talks, with poems;
- done three instant poetry / crowdsourced poetry gigs;
- got two years’ funding for Poetry on Loan;
- been granted three more years of funding for my work at Cheltenham Hospital;
- produced three books (for Cheltenham Hospital, Hereford Hospital, and the Young Writers’ group);
- stopped my dull admin work, and sorted out my pension arrangements;
- painted half of the outside of my house;
- done some gardening (but not enough);
- finished makeovers of two rooms in my house, with a third nearly complete;
- run a lot, including a quarter marathon;
- been to The Son’s wedding;
- seen 42 films in the cinema;
- had an escape room experience, seen a Cirque du Soleil show, segwayed, shredded, gone Ape, been paragliding, flown a Vulcan bomber (well, a simulator), been to Skiathos for a week and on a cruise for a fortnight.
As I said, an amazing year. I’ve even managed to make a start on my perennial resolution – to sort my house out – and I’ll be doing more this year.
I wonder what 2018 will be like?