As I’ve previously mentioned, I am currently at home looking after the wonderful little pickles that are C and H. With no family nearby and limited funds, I will struggle to get the Story Seekers baby and toddler classes off the ground prior to H at least starting at pre-school in September 2014. I know that things change all the time and as-yet-unforeseen opportunities may well arise in the meantime, but that’s what I’m aiming for at the moment.
I’m enjoying being able to use this preparation time to research the premise of Story Seekers in depth and I’m hopeful that the classes will be all the better for it. I have a huge pile of books and reports waiting to be annotated and covered in pink sticky tabs and that definitely makes me feel excited even now. I am somewhat of a pessimist at times and occasionally struggle to believe that I’ll EVER make Story Seekers a reality, but my husband quite rightly reminds me that even if it does crash and burn, I’ll still have enjoyed the journey. He’s right, of course (as I grudgingly acknowledge, though I’m not sure if he hears me over my self-pitying snuffles…).
Anyway, the very same lovely husband and I had a meal out at the weekend (first in aaaaaaages) and I was chatting to him about Story Seekers and how starting this blog and getting some feedback via this, and Twitter, had made me even more determined, when something occurred to me…
Could I do the children’s literature festival part of things first????
I was thinking that organising a local small-scale, pop-up children’s literature festival (probably a two day event, at most) would be an offshoot of Story Seekers, but maybe it could be a way to get Story Seekers started?
– I’m pretty good at events organisation
– It wouldn’t require a regular commitment in terms of childcare – I’m much more likely to be able to organise ad hoc, one-off babysitting slots, plus a lot of the work could be done from home
– It would be a good way to introduce Story Seekers to the local area and to show people that I was passionate about what I was offering
– It might be a good way to work in collaboration with local libraries and other literacy-related organisations
– I like supporting the local area and other small businesses (there would hopefully be ways to involve quite a few of them)
– Not sure I have the network within the children’s literature world to pull it off (this is a BIG con!)
– Not sure how these things are funded and I definitely couldn’t provide any money myself (though could provide a LOT of time, effort and enthusiasm!)
Anyone out there with any thoughts / advice on this, please feel free to comment…!