Regular blog readers will remember that last year I had a lovely commission to write a piece about a newly-designed chair. The chair I was given was the Well Proven Chair. Recycled, growing, organic, lovely, designed by Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw.
It’s now been nominated for the Designs of the Year Award at the Design Museum.
My poem has nothing to do with this, but I’m delighted the chair is getting further attention.
Here’s the info Well Proven Chair press releaseCS
And here’s the chair & the poem (scroll on to second page) :
I read “Eating Cake”, a few years ago now and blubbed most of my way through it. It was strangely uplifting and rather fulfilling, and beautifully drawn. I spent my years before children, working as a journalist and tv news producer. Now, at 40, I have an interview and practical assignment for a teacher training place to teach secondary school English. I would love to talk about your poetry in my observed class, during which I am to teach a small group of Year 8s about poetry. Could you kindly suggest which of your poems you feel would be the most likely to appeal to this age group? Thank you.
hi Georgie, well, given I’ve only written about three poems (that are in the public domain) and one of them is called “I’m Not Carol Ann”, I can’t suggest any. I’m not a poet at all, or at least not a public poet, so am delighted you ‘enjoyed’ (while crying!) Eating Cake. If you think they’d like this and find it valuable, do use this poem. I think the whole idea of writing a poem for an object, incorporating some of the history of the object, is a great exercise and it would be a really interesting thing to do with students.