Hello world! I have finally emerged from my maternity leave hibernation, blinking in the light. Baby Bella is six months old now, and doing really well. I’m now back at work two days a week and delighted to be using my brain again.
The most exciting news is that I have taken over as editor of Creative Tourist, Manchester Museums Consortium’s website and city culture campaign hub. I’ve been working with CT since it began and am delighted to be taking the reins from the excellent Susie Stubbs, who is now on maternity leave herself. CT has an unbelievably busy spring planned – our winter/spring 2011 city guide is just about to launch and exciting new projects around BBC’s move to MediaCity:UK and the Manchester International Festival lurk just around the corner.
I’ve also been asked to teach a Life Writing course in conjunction with Lancaster’s fabulous Litfest. The two-day workshop is taking place April 4 and 11 at the Storey Institute. In preparation, I’m reading some of Life Writing’s greats (Diana Athill is my favourite at the moment) and working through some personal essays and memoir-writing exercises.
I’m also working on some exciting new literature development projects with Manchester Literature Festival and Openstories, and finding the time to do a few interesting copywriting projects. 2011 looks set to be a busy one.