Hey! How's it going? I'm supposed to be writing a bunch of hip hop tracks at the moment - so I'm writing a blog to procrastinate. I'm so busy/disorganised that I never get round to telling people what I'm up to, but the past week has been pretty full-on- I've spent most of it in Indonesia. I've been delivering writing workshops at two very different schools out here. It's been incredible, but exhausting at the same time.
For most of the week I was working at British School Jakarta, helping the English department with some original thinking workshops. I was blown away by the students - they're super diligent. The guys in the English department were incredible too. Man, they work hard out there, and I'm not sure that the pressure for results is healthy, to be honest, but it was really great to be part of a team again. I miss having colleagues sometimes and longer residencies in schools are always really exciting for me. Plus they had a steady supply of cakes and chocolate streaming through the corridor, which helped!
Below is a pic of one of my class sessions and then underneath that an assembly on Christina Rosetti, Byron, Tennyson and other dead famous poets that I delivered to the 6th Formers.
In between my sessions at BSJ I was able to head over to Sekolah Bisa for a few sessions too - Sekolah Bisa is a school for children that live in a nearby shanty-town. It takes only 25 pupils and helps them work their way out of sequence of poverty- often travelling back generations. In my trips to Sekolah Bisa I ran some sessions on confidence, the importance of eye contact, sentence structure and punctuation skills. Here's a couple of videos of me running some punctuation kung-fu with Year 1 and 2.
As I got back to the UK (much smoother journey this time!) I got some really good news. First off, I got the following email form a student I worked with at BSJ, which was really kind -
Secondly, I heard that Tom - the new Head of English at BSJ wrote a poem and performed at their poetry slam after I left - I really hoped he would! You can check out an extract below - what a dude!
And third - probably the most exciting thing of all, it turns out that Matt and Katie, (who'd invited me in the first place) just got engaged. What a result! Huge congratulations to them both! x