Happy New Year
It’s been a long time since I last posted – apologies for slackness. School holidays are a difficult time to pursue one’s own interests. Now the small people are off being entertained elsewhere, I have my computer back 🙂
Some good news: I have been given a grant from ArtsACT (the local arts funding body) to write poetry one day a week, with the aim of producing a small collection of poems on the theme of autism. I am very very excited. Not only is this the first substantial grant I’ve ever received, I’m also really looking forward to producing some (hopefully) moving and funny poems on a subject close to my heart (my eldest son has Autism Spectrum Disorder). Especially because it is a subject on which many many poems have already been produced that are neither moving nor funny.
Part of what I wrote in my grant application was that I would be using this blog to expose / publish drafts of the poems as they come into being. I will also link this blog to a couple of autism-related facebook communities and see how wide an audience I can get for the poems before they are even in a book.