On the dawn of THEawards Francesca Hufton reflects on her very first symposium. She understands, engages and reflects the ethos of the butterfly flame beautifully. I adore how this small organic community continues to grow.
‘We hit a giant – a poem which enabled us to share our ‘disappointing’ feelings and helped us recognise we should continue….
This is why..
I sometimes question the value of connection. The value of employment. The value of love. But today I met a good new friend, we spoke about the awards night and he said how he appreciated being part of the poetry chatter. Not realising that the most recent blog was his influence this time.
Existing and loving the poetic ether of another year of a community, forming and disbanding like a flower that blooms for just a day. We have had the third year of the #poeticnursingheart and it was again a very special space for those who felt called to come and share the vulnerabilities of the disclosed self.
We came together and we shared a very beautiful space of poetry and comfortable silence.
This week has been spent thinking, reflecting, and preparing for the next poetry symposium. I have looked all the way back to the opening blogs available on the blog space
I feel it is vital to keep engaging with the students learning story. Recently, within a module of the nursing degree pathway, we had the chance to open the learning within a creative context. I referred to it in the last blog…with the idea of finding a community of creative thinkers.
This blog is aimed to challenge our thinking about creative curriculum design. Alternative learning experiences at university.
I have always loved poetry. Some of my earliest and most treasured memories are of my Granddad reading poetry to me before bed. Poetry isn’t age-appropriate, it doesn’t have a sticker on the box saying only suitable for readers of a certain age. It is for everyone.
We recently had a visit from Craig Sharpe to talk to our law students about how the legal market has radically changed in the last 20 years.
Craig has an interesting and unusual background. He qualified as a solicitor and practised in a variety of different commercial law firms for over 15 years. Around 10 years ago changed career path and began working as a specialist marketing consultant for law firms. His current clients include Darlingtons, Streathers and Gannons.
‘When you open yourself to the view of others it’s a risk. Much like the poem at the end of this post suggests ‘at times we will not open our eyes to see who is dancing amongst the stars with us’.
Thomas Delahunt, Senior Lecturer and Nurturer of the #poeticnursingheart, asks for a student’s view and is amazed by the insight and determined voice that comes back.