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Around The World With The Writers Bureau

November 4th, 2016

WorldHi folks,

It’s been a while since I wrote anything here. So, how y’all keeping? Everybody well?

Things have changed a bit for me. Most notably – our youngest has started high school (and, fingers crossed, he seems to be alright). So, with a view to keeping the wolf from the door, I’ve said farewell to my days as a house-husband and started work here at the Writers Bureau – in the office.

Now, I’ve never worked in an office before, and maybe in a couple of months the novelty will wear off. But for now, I’m enjoying it. They’re a nice crew, the Writers Bureau team. We all celebrate each others birthdays, everyone brings treats back from their holidays, and we have cream cakes on Fridays, so I’m having to watch my waist-line.

Course, I’d rather be writing. But while I’m waiting for my fantasy trilogy to hit the best-sellers lists, there’s still bills to pay. So here I am, processing data, fielding phone calls … and it’s been fascinating. Mainly because of the people it’s put me in touch with.

The office is in the middle of Manchester, England. And I love Manchester, but it’s not the prettiest of cities. We look out over car parks, tower blocks, and parts of the old Strangeways prison, which isn’t exactly picturesque.

But just this morning, I was enrolling a student from Papua New Guinea, and I did a Google search to see what it looked like. This is what I came up with:

Papua New Guinea

Fab, isn’t it? I immediately started thinking about holidays and cheap flights (do Easyjet go that far?) But then I had to sort something out for another student in Forest Hills Arizona.

Fountain Hills

Which made me think that a trip to the USA would be nice … though, really, it might be worth letting the dust settle after the election before heading Stateside.

So how about the Lion City of Singapore?

Singapore

We’ve got students there too.

In fact, pretty much everywhere in the world where English is spoken (and in some places it isn’t) there are people studying Writers Bureau courses. They come from all kinds of backgrounds, all kinds of cultures, and they write about everything you can possibly imagine – health and beauty to nuclear physics; football to French cuisine …

So, if I’m thinking travelling, why not a tour? I could visit students all over the UK, India, Africa, the Middle East, the U.S., Canada … or perhaps even more fun would be getting them all together somewhere. We could have a Writers Bureau festival with everybody bringing stories, food, music … whatever they wanted from their home countries. I fancy mixing up Scots’ ballads with Botswana’s Tswana singers, and North Carolina Barbecue with Omani Saffron rice. We could dance to Australian Afrobeat and Ghanaian hip-hop, and all have our hands painted with Indian Henna … it’d be great!

But yeah … that’s me daydreaming again. Sadly, there are no plans for any such event (as yet). So the great meeting of Writers Bureau students will just have to stay in my head for now. Which is a shame, because with all these people working away in all these different countries, I’m sure that, at some point, at least one of us is going to produce something significant – a novel, a play, a series of ground-breaking articles, maybe a collection of poems. I don’t know what it’ll be, or who’ll write it. But whoever they are, and wherever they’re from, I’d really like to meet them before they get famous.

Keep on writing!

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