Dispatches from the Invigorwrite team:
Phil Whitehead has enjoyed a busy year in between our many schools’ workshops, travelling all over the world to lend his creative writing and educational expertise in schools in Venezuela, Spain, France and India. Phil is fast becoming a ‘go to’ for the international education community, to help teachers and leaders research and change their creative practice. His vast experience as a headteacher, OFSTED inspector, university lecturer/teaching fellow, poet, author and parent (!) is an invaluable resource for teachers and students – not to mention the Invigorwrite team.
In amongst all the jetsetting and jetlag, Phil has also found time to pen some new poetry and is close to completing his memoir: a poignant and personal work, which has a gripping narrative. Watch this space …
Away from workshops, Jan Lane has enjoyed a fruitful time over the past year. One of her short stories was long listed for the Bath Short Story Award, and her essays on short story have been published on Thresholds, the international short story forum. She examines tragedy in Rose Tremain’s short stories here, and her latest piece looks at an intriguing magic realism story by Marcel Aymé. That essay will be published in October 2017.
June 24th saw this year’s National Flash Fiction Day, and Jan’s short piece ‘La Grande Boucle’ was published as part of the Flash Flood journal. You can read it here.
Jan was also invited to be a Reader for the prestigious Notting Hill Editions 2017 Essay Prize at the start of year. After longlisting a selection of essays, this culminated in her attending a wonderful prize-giving event at the University Women’s Club in Mayfair in June (pictured below).
This autumn sees Jan wrestling with her novel rewrite as well as putting together an ambitious pitch for a narrative non-fiction book.
All this alongside Jan and Phil’s exciting plans for workshops in and out of schools, for children and adults alike. More on this in future posts … exciting times ahead.