October 27th, 2012
These days I feel as if I have multiple personalities. I am, of course, still me - a fact I find thoroughly refreshing and re-assuring. As readers will already know I am also a Decadent Poetry Diva (in hibernation at present but still sifting ideas for our next outing); I am, of course, Maggie Doyle - performer of the spoken word, supporter of most things poetic and spoken, and book launches; Bard of Worcestershire. I am, on occasions, a whirling dervish in my attempts to be here, there and everywhere, and I have the most loving and supportive family any human being could wish for. I also have a wealth of friends, many extremely talented, with whom I also spend time. Ah, time. There's the rub.
So, to bring you up to date. I was out-bling-ed at an event I attended hosted by the Mayor of Worcester (at least six sets of mayors and deputies). I joined the Worcestershire Literary Festival in an awards ceremony held by Destination Worcester in which the WLF came second and is now through the national finals.I have been storytelling and workshopping at a library in Worcester; the Decadent Poetry Divas made an appearance in Birmingham; attended opening ceremony of a Care Home in Worcester; attended the premiere of The Big Brum Poem (an initiative of Write Down Speak Up - see website) as part of the Birmingahm Arts Festival; also performed as a Diva too; judged a junior story writing competition; did a workshop for children at a school in Redditch; did a workshop at Worcester Cathedral (in the crypt) on National Poetry Day; took part in a Poetry Trail at Avoncroft Musuem - still on view until 2013 and certainly well worth a visit; visited Split Screen at the Manchester Arts Festival - most of these events required new pieces of written work plus the performance. And last but by no means least, the Malvern Hills Walk in the mist last Sunday when I became er separated from fellow poets, a couple of poems on my other blog site. Oh, and I have bought wallflowers and tulip bulbs for planting in my garden.
A very busy and thoroughly enjoyable couple of months - see more on the Worcestershire Laureate blog (details in August blog). Now planning for the Victorian Fayre in Worcester and, of course, Christmas, but more of that next time.