New job, my debut pamphlet & the joy of reading.
Well, first things first - I have a new job! This new opportunity is exactly what I've been looking for. A full time PhD and parenting means that working like I used to isn't an easy option; I needed something flexible and low intensity, but also something I would enjoy and that was in some way relevant to my future career. I have found this in the form of being a Postgraduate Blogger for the Music, Humanities & Media department at The University of Huddersfield. The main aim of my role is to blog about postgraduate student life at Huddersfield and with that comes an array of events and opportunities such as drama and music performances, conferences and careers fairs. I'll be writing blog posts, posting pictures/videos and generally engaging with people, as well as having fun! This will enhance my experience as a postgraduate student by allowing me to network, experience a variety of cultural and academic affairs and develop my copywriting skills. It will also occupy my time productively, something which is important to me. Being the main caregiver to our daughter and studying can be a little bit isolating and difficult at times; this new role will allow me time to focus and be productive, as well as being able to spend more time in the university environment.
In September, I will be launching my debut pamphlet, Keepsake. I'm so thankful to Maytree Press for believing in my work and I couldn't love the cover design anymore. I'm still in the early stages of my writing career and didn't expect an opportunity like this to happen this soon, but here I am, almost ready to approve the proof of my pamphlet! Of course I'm excited to hold my own pamphlet in my hands and share it with others, but naturally slightly apprehensive as my poetry has a confessional style, so it's exposing in a way ( a good way). But, that's what comes with this whole writing thing! The writing process has been therapeutic for me, particularly in terms of motherhood and mental health. I feel proud of the work and attached to each individual poem in different ways. There will be more details about the launch(es) and such in the next month or so. As they say, watch this space!
Finally, I've been taking the time recently to be more mindful. I was on the train home from university last week and I was reading Ordinary People by Diana Evans. I'm only a few chapters in, but I'm already very much invested in the characters and immersing myself in the world within the book. It's almost an indescribable feeling when this happens, but it's such a genuine joy. I paused for a moment and looked around the train at the assortment of passengers reading, eyes on screens or staring absent-mindedly. In that moment I appreciated the power of reading, the delight a book can bring. Admittedly, I spend too much time on my phone and I want to change that habit. I read a lot in an academic context (good job seeing as I'm a first year PhD student..) but I fell out of reading for pleasure as much. I'm going to read at least one work of fiction per month, alongside poetry of course. In this modern world, books are more important than ever.