Time to look back at theBigBuzz highlights of 2017! So, without further ado, here goes …
AGM of the year: Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Award of the year: York Culture Award – Excellence in Writing
Best use of my poems by someone else: Catherine Heinemeyer and York Theatre Royal’s Project B Youth Theatre group
Book review of the year: York Press review of Flying High!
Bookshop events: Here, there and everywhere!
Collaboration of the year: Poetree with Vikki Pendry
Commission of the Year: Alex’s 18th birthday poem
Competition of the year: The P-Factor
Family event of the year: Tang Hall Family Festival
Feedback of the year: From Paige at Ledbury Schools Poetry Festival
Grown-up workshop of the year: St Nicks Ecotherapy ‘Connect to nature with creative writing’ group
Launch event of the year: Flying High at York Festival of Ideas, with bird walk led by RSBP V-P Prof. Sir John Lawton
Library appearance of the year: Easingwold Community Library
Literary Limerick of the year: Literary Limerick no. 3
Most gorgeous venue: Hellens, Much Marcle (for Ledbury Poetry Festival)
New publication of the year: Flying High!
Outdoor classroom day: Rose Court, The Grammar School at Leeds
Outdoor event of the year: Scampston Hall – Ryedale Book Festival
Photography workshop of the year: East Riding Treasure House, Beverley, to tie in with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
Podcast of the year: Ledbury Poetry Festival – Poetry Salon
Poetry/Pizza party of the year: York Blind and Partially Sighted Society
Radio appearance of the year: BBC Radio York – Finders Keepers
Video of the year: A tie between Frack Off! and my Ledbury Poetry Festival Oulipo poem
Thank you to everyone involved in making all of the above so enjoyable and uplifting.
If you’d like me to come and put on an event for you, then just get in touch!