Here’s One I Wrote Earlier

10 Dec

Hello, dear reader!  (I’m assuming I only have one left now, so long have I been gone).  I’ve been busy since September and here’s an article I wrote, first published in October on the Write Out Loud website, to explain why:

                             My student ID pic

Since graduating with a BA in literature in 2008, it has been my dream to complete an MA in creative writing; specifically, poetry. I knew I needed to mature as a writer, and that happened to coincide with having no money. I was able to apply to Manchester Metropolitan University this summer, however, because a couple of years ago the government introduced student loans for a second degree.

Reader, I was accepted. I was overjoyed, particularly as the news came at the end of Freshers Week, when I was wondering why I hadn’t yet received my rejection email.

A welcome email arrived on the Thursday, from the writing school’s manager; followed by the offer email on Friday, around five pm. I was excited and panicked at the same time: I have to apply for student finance? (You certainly do!) When do I start? (Monday?!). Will I be allowed to attend class if my finance isn’t in place? (Yes). Where do I go? (The old Cornerhouse). What do I do? (Not panic…oops, too late).

My first degree was with the Open University so I was excited to go to a “real” i.e. brick university but, oh, how at first I wish I hadn’t bothered. Two weeks in and it was all YOU OWE US MONEY GIVE US MONEY YOU WILL BE SANCTIONED IF YOU DON’T PAY THE MONEY SHOW US THE MONEY.

I understand that education is big business these days, but please, MMU, don’t invite me at the last minute so that I miss out on the helpful information; leave me to flounder; and then nag me to the death of joy. Truthfully, at this stage I’d be happier with my notebook and pen and just the one degree, thank you very much.

From the ridiculous to the sublime: three weeks in, the course is fabulous. It is challenging and difficult and I am surrounded by so much talent I can’t help feeling they made a mistake when they sent out the offer letter. But you’d have to pry it from my cold, dead Gmail account first.

You know you’ve never had it so good when one of your professors is Michael Symmons Roberts and the other is Carol Ann Duffy. And when the poet laureate hands out free books, takes you across the road to the pub and buys you a drink and, when you ask for some advice says, “That’s what I’m here for,” you know you’ll say: “Here’s the money! I had to sell my children to get it, but it is totally worth it!”

Excited? Yes. Terrified? Yes. Fed up with officialdom? Always. Would I want to be anywhere else? What do you think?

22 Responses to “Here’s One I Wrote Earlier”

  1. Andy Healey was Taylor December 10, 2017 at 21:28 #

    Linda these need to be more frequent happy Xmas to you and your family x

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  2. slpmartin December 10, 2017 at 21:29 #


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  3. Judy December 10, 2017 at 22:21 #

    proud of ya. As long as I know you’re not dead, dismembered, or bleeding internally, I feel better now.
    the hardest part, sometimes, is actually getting over the fact that those amazing teachers are still people, they drink tea, they can communicate with our lesser selves.

    Oh, have fun. =)

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  4. Alison Mills December 10, 2017 at 22:38 #

    Hi Linda, so pleased to hear you have been accepted on your course at MMu, and you are so passionate about your creative writing.
    Good luck!

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  5. Al December 10, 2017 at 23:05 #

    Except for bathroom breaks, I have been sitting at this computer continually for months waiting to hear from you. Whenever Patty would pass by and ask why I was still staring at the screen I would say, “it’s Tilly Bud, I just know she will post something today!” See, I was right. Congratulations on your acceptance. It’s about time the rest of the world shared in our reverence of your written word and wit. Just wondering though, how much did you get for the kids?

    Tilly’s the best poet
    And don’t we all know it
    All other verse is below it.

    I know she won’t blow it
    A Pulitzer will show it
    And I’ll be there when they bestow it!

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  6. Ron. December 10, 2017 at 23:25 #

    I ~was~ wondering. I ~was~ beginning to worry. TB withdrawal symptoms ~were~ becoming almost unbearable. Now I hear you’re in Heaven (sort of), so I’m OK (sort of), I guess.

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  7. thehutts December 11, 2017 at 00:05 #

    Mum would be so excited for you and jealous of course. Good luck and enjoy the exams. Sally

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  8. Sue December 11, 2017 at 08:56 #

    Great post and wonderful news!!! I told you you were talented! God has blessed you with this gift there’s no doubt about that. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next! (Sorry about all the exclamation marks but that’s how excited I am!!!) Much love, Sue Mayo xxxx

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  9. beeblu December 11, 2017 at 09:06 #

    That’s wonderful, Tilly Bud! Cheers 🥂

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  10. Jackie Wilcock (nee Eaton) December 11, 2017 at 16:17 #

    Wow!!! This is a ‘I was at school with a famous person’ moment!
    Well done Linda, all that time in English lit and lang at school has not been wasted.
    You now have a new follower
    Jackie xxx

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  11. nicolahulmeblog December 11, 2017 at 16:33 #

    Another wonderful post. I can’t wait to hear the new poetry which stems from the new enlightenment. xx

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Janie Jones December 11, 2017 at 18:28 #

    Congratulations! But now I suppose we will never hear from you again as you will either be too busy with your studies or become some big shot authoress who is too busy jet-setting all over the globe doing personal appearances and book signings.

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  13. catterel December 12, 2017 at 09:37 #

    Really missed you – and pleased to know your absence was for a good, positive reason. I do admire you. I wish I’d had the courage years ago to take the plunge but – I’m a lazy cow.

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  14. althalus609 December 20, 2017 at 17:45 #

    Well done and a Hippy Christmas(oops happy as well) from us 2 🙂 well actually 4 now


  15. Musings January 12, 2018 at 21:58 #

    Oh my gosh! That is just so awesome! I’m so thrilled and excited for you.


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