Who knows where the time goes…

BooksA quote from one of my favourite songs from the ever popular Fairport Convention (written by Sandy Denny)- I’m already really looking forward to the August weekend we’ll spend at Cropredy this year.  There’s a great line up, and we know we won’t have to put up with too much rain and wind as we’re opting for a hotel stay locally rather than camping – think our camping days are over…

This last year has felt like a whirlwind, with lots of change, lots of events and not enough time to just relax and enjoy things…  Is that a sign of age? Or do I just try and fit in too many things around my already busy job? Can’t imagine I’m going to change too much at this stage.

A few high (and low) lights –

Totally thrilled to be asked to be Chair of Youth Libraries Group in 2017 – the year the Carnegie Medal is 80, the Kate Greenaway Medal is 60 and the SLA is also 80.  We’re going to have some fun with all the celebrations…

Lovely family wedding in Northumberland – my second cousin (I think) got married in the teeth of a gale last December – wonderful wedding!  And one of the few times I get to see my tiny extended family.

Disturbing times that we live in – the Brexit vote has shaken me (and many others) and I struggle to envisage a future with the UK being alone.

Some of the concerts Sarah and Canter Semper have performed at – uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable.

92 year old father-in-law dying – though his funeral will be a celebration of a life well lived.

The great work Screen Northants is doing with young people and with the community around inspiration, literacy and engagement – well done to Becky and her partners

Reading some fantastic books ready for judging the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals – trying to see what might get nominated in October!

The fight to save libraries and school libraries continue – particularly worrying as this is often the only access to culture for a large number of people.

Wonder what next will throw my way?

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