Today was not a normal day of work for me. Instead of teaching my amazing students, I chose to participate in the UCU industrial action over attacks on pay, working conditions and pensions.
I have blogged about this issue before, in 2018, which included a series of poems about work and working.
Today, in support of the strike, I collect them all in one place for the first time.
Published by Anthony Wilson
I am a lecturer, poet and writing tutor. I work in teacher and medical education at the University of Exeter. My anthology Lifesaving Poems was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015. In 2012 I published Riddance (Worple Press), a collection of poems, and Love for Now (Impress Books), a memoir, about my experience of cancer. My most recent books are Deck Shoes (Impress Books, 2019), a book of prose memoir and criticism, and The Afterlife (Worple Press, 2019). In 2023 I will publish The Wind and the Rain, my sixth collection of poems, with Blue Diode Press. My current research project, with Sue Dymoke from Nottingham Trent University and funded by the Foyle Foundation, is Young Poets' Stories: https://youngpoetsstories.com/. This blog is archived by the British Library.
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Power to your elbow.
Contemptuous attitude towards learners and teachers at all levels. No respect for time required for preparation and scrutiny. Or the emotional resilience required to inspire and provide guidance.
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Bless you, Peter. Agree with every word. X
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Thank you for this wonderful collection of poems, Anthony.
And good luck to all of you who know the true value of your labour and who are on strike.