This is Subrina. She cuts my hair .
The afro has gone. But it went the day before a BBC broadcast ‘Portrait of..” (click pic)
In which I have an Afro. The portrait is in The Foundling Museum
This came though. These things inspire me. It’s the reason I’m Chancellor: to inspire.
The next day I delivered a keynote at the launch of Teach First Summer Institute. Teachers are under pressure. They need support. Teach first puts them first.
I popped in to my university to see the award winning communications team
Then to see On Corporation St at HOME and hang with friend & actor Yusra Warsama.
That evening I met Sally Lyndsay. Sally kindly helped The Christmas Dinner.
And I had a special meeting with World Champion Geoff Thompson
Kate Tempest told me about a special poet from Manchester. So I go see him at Band on The Wall in manchester.
I speak at The Ramadan Tent Project on the university of Manchester campus.
I am proud to be part of a university that looks like this. I REALLY am.
The next day I meet The Education people to record script for an online resource
In my role as Chancellor I chair the General Assembly of The University of Manchester.
Later in the evening a speech by John McGrath the artistic director of MIF.
Back to London for a day and then straight to France to a bilingual literature festival Here are three different generations each involved in a different way with my reading.
I loved this french excursion. The reading was a blast. The referendum was not.
And then straight back to Manchester where baggage handlers managed to ruin my bags
I spoke at The Heads Leadership conference in Cheshire. I felt inspired by them.
Then straight back to London. (Flybe have telephoned and organised to pick my bag.) I gave the Keynote for Artsworks at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre. Thanks to Murray Freestone for the photo.
Then I legged it back to Manchester on the Pendellino train. This poster was on a wall.
the proofs for my new and selected poems are waiting at The Malmaison Hotel
The next day I wake at 5am. I’m on Breakfast TV at 8.30am in Media City.
In the evening I read Listening Post at Heaton Park. You can see the gig by clicking here.
On the same day TED NPR (my favourite podcast) decided to repeat my interview
I spent the weekend in Manchester writing script. On Sunday JUly 3rd BBC Radio
On July 4th I read poems at Macclesfield Academy to young people in transition week..
On Tuesday July 5th I visit Sheffield and spend the day with my friend Julie Stewart
at The Childrens Media Conference then I gave the keynote address: It is the UK’s premier meeting place for the children’s content industries.
It was an audience at the top of their game at the top of their industry. Then I was taxi’d to the station and onwards:I wake the next day in a different country.
July 6th is an historic day for Wales: At ten in the morning I ‘m sat with fifteen young people. They suffer anxiety. I show them how to make poems. And they do.
On the way home back to England I receive this. It’s a limited edition. It’ll be on sale soon at University of Manchester. Look out on Facebook for the link.
On 7th July I am in Brighton at 10am to judge the creative future literary awards. This is a unique prize and I love it. It is for the marginalized and unheard.
Then back to London to BBC to interview Linton Kwesi Johnson about Bob Marley for a BBC radio programe I am presenting.
By the time I get home the insurance company make an offer and say I can use their offer to buy particular luggage. But I don’t want to buy their luggage. I want mine.
Each day between 5am and 10am I try to write an original morning tweet. Here are two. The one above is about Brexit and the one below is about The Somme.
I know these posts are uninspiring. They are lists of what I do. I’ll stop them when it’s reached a year since my instalation as Chancellor at The University. Nearly there. Then I’ll get back to writing blogs. Thanks. But finally…. finally honest….just a couple of days ago I received these two photographs from my childhood from a guy called Mark English – his mum actually. I am grateful. They are immediately precious to me.