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Wow, where does time go!

By CHIinternational 12 Mar 2018

By Paul Milross, (BA (Hons) Creating Writing).

Paul is on an exchange at our partner Thompson Rivers University, Canada. For more information on exchanges visit here.

Wow, where does time go? I can't believe that we are in March already. It only seems like yesterday since I was arriving back in Canada for the start of the winter semester.

It certainly has been very busy with some delightful things happening. I am taking a Service Learning Course here at Thompson Rivers University. The project is giving a voice to indigenous culture. As I am from England, I was asked to interview someone who could talk about their contribution to English Literature. I didn't have to look through my 'little black book' too far because immediately I thought I would ask my friend, Anne Fine, if she would let me conduct an interview.

She agreed, and we spent an happy hour on the telephone chatting, catching up and sometimes talking about English Literature. The interview has gone down very well with the 'powers that be' at the university.

While I was at home over the Christmas break, I was fortunate enough to watch the programme with Dame Judi Dench about trees. It was very fascinating although the main cast were very wooden! This made me remember a creative non-fiction piece of prose that I wrote for one of my classes last semester following our field trip to the Yew tree grove at Kingley Vale. I printed off a copy of this story and sent it to Dame Judi along with my thanks for an enjoyable programme. To my astonishment, I received a letter from Dame Judi Dench herself this week saying how much she had enjoyed reading my story.

I have also had the pleasure of talking via email to a history student who is interested in coming out to Canada on an international exchange next year. My words are simply this old cliche: 'go for it'.

I understand that the UK has suffered several feet of snow and probably more than in Canada and colder than here too. You have my sympathy, but please stay safe and warm. I experienced -40 last week and I ended up in bed with Canadian flu, which is very different from English flu. As is their hospital system come to that, but that is for another very long blog! I will never take the NHS for granted ever again. And I had to pay for the displeasure of being abused over here!

I should have been travelling to the AWP conference next week in Tampa, Florida, but unfortunately my flu has put pay to that. Never mind, things happen and they always happen for a reason.

Best wishes

Paul





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