‘Write from the heart’ is something I often read in ‘How-To’ books before I was a published author, and for today’s post the words couldn’t be more apt. Yesterday I did a talk at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. The college moved into a new building in 2010, more or less opposite Stoke Railway Station and, often when I’ve been to London, having come back on the train, it’s great to see it on view, especially lit up at night. So when I was asked to do a talk there, I jumped at the chance.
I was bowled over just walking through the revolving doors. Although the college was quieter than normal due to lessons winding up for the summer break, to me the whole atmosphere was one of warmth and belonging. It was so light and airy and… I wish it had been there when I was younger. When I left school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I enrolled on a nursing course at Stoke-on-Trent College of Further Education (Formerly Cauldon College.) I lasted eight weeks before realising that nursing wasn’t for me – but instead of changing courses, I dropped out and went onto a youth training scheme (YTS.) A few years later, I passed three A levels – Sociology, Business Studies and Law – by attending evening classes. But it always saddens me every time I go past the colleges in my city that I didn’t do more than that. Maybe one day I’ll go back.
My author talk, Deal or No Deal, went down really well and then we had a Q&A session. I really enjoyed answering all the questions and it was lovely to look out at a sea of faces that were listening intently. I love the variety of questions I’m asked when I do my talk – the age and the dynamics of the audience playing their own part with each one I do. I’m still learning too – I have only done a few yet so it’s great to get good feedback afterwards.
Chilling and killing with @writermels in English Lang
— ShakeraShakera (@shakerahalim) July 4, 2013
Lovely talk from @writermels today! Think I may have a look on the kindle store for her books!
— Grace McPherson (@Gracie_Mac) July 4, 2013
@writermels loved your speech today, gonna buy myself one of your books tomorrow 🙂
— Larissa Surridge (@LarissaAdele) July 4, 2013
I was smiling for the rest of the day. Thank you to all staff and students who I met on the day.