National Poetry Day.

East London. At 6am  my local shop opened early to put my poems on their windows.  When it’s done I drive to Oxford Circus  for a 7.35am  interview on BBC radio with Gabby Roslin and Paul Ross..  At  8am I  drive across the Thames to  Southbankcentre, park car and get taxi to  Globe Academy for 9am press launch of  Winning Words.  My new website for winning words is launched today.11am  catch cab to Southbank Centre to watch a young man collect his Foyles Poetry Prize  for a poem from a workshop  facilitated by Caroline Bird.  At noon I travel to Royal London Hospital in East London for  a two hour reading and workshop  for young  children who are  still attached to their drips! It’s filmed for BBC.  3.15pm. Leave on district line  for Southbank centre. Get stuck under the earth  for  forty tense minutes.  Still. Still.4pm.  Southbank. Grab food. 4.55pm walk onto stage of Clore Ballroom at Southbankcentre  in front of packed audience and read poems. 5.55pm  radio five interview on phone. 6.15pm get changed in dressing room at  Purcell Rooms in Southbank Centre.  6.30pm Newsround interview is bumped for A Chilli eating contest! Ah well.7pm meet The Journalist walk  onto the stage of the Royal Festival Hall and sit at one of  ten beautifully laid out tables for The Chairman’s Dinner.  10pm stand and read that winning poem by the child from Foyles Prize.  11.30pm The journalist and I drive home past the local shop with the poems in the windows. They are closing shop.  Home.

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