Did I tell you how much I am enjoying the Coorie Doon Project?
What is the Coorie Doon Project? you all cry in harmonious unison.
It's a lovely idea funded by Enterprise Music Scotland where I have been invited (as a writer-y / poet person) together with Rachel Drury (warm, talented musician person) to work with pregnant and/or new mums in Edinburgh to help them write and record a personal song for their new baby.
It's named after this lovely miners' lullaby, by the way.
The mums have been great, opening up to us, sharing their experiences. I've been telling them that their babies will be their biggest fans - whatever they come up with. Here's a portrait that our Tess painted of me. I love it, as it's filled with happy acceptance and blind adoration.
(I will have to covet this drawing when she turns 14 and everything I do will be wrong, embarrassing or both).
Anyway, I'm loving it so far and want to contribute and facilitate as much as I can. We've had influences from Opera to AC/DC.
Here's one of my favourite poems about childhood: - Small Boy by Norman MacCaig. It's all that Having and Losing, Losing and Having. It gets me every time.