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  • It turns out that the job I have applied for is not to set up poetry groups, but to hold workshops in schools for a Community Arts Partnership project, ‘Poetry in Motion Schools’ in September and early October. Once the students have composed their poems, technicians will visit the schools to make audio recordings of the work in October and November and we edit between November and February. The launch event takes place in Belfast in March.

    I have to go to an induction. The programme coordinator tells me that the training and meeting with schools are a compulsory part of the contractual engagement.

    But I am on jury duty from 1st September! What shall I do? Shall I phone and ask to be let off the jury? This opportunity does not come along very often. I was contacted because one of my poems was published in the organisations anthology.

    I am going to meet the coordinator on Monday at a halfway point in between Belfast and Enniskillen.

    I sat up in bed this morning with the hardest decision yet - what am I going to wear?

    I have this terrible urge to rush out and buy a new outfit because all of my clothes suddenly seem totally wrong for this project. I will not give in my urge. I have enough clothes.

    I want to look friendly but smart; efficient but relaxed; kind but firm; artistic but not freaky.

    (photo of a local band playing in the 'Round O' park near my house.)
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