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.