Yesterday the son suggested something so radical it stopped me in my tracks. ‘Why don’t you and I write a graphic novel together?’ he said.
‘…….’ I said.
He was just walking away when my brain caught up with his words. ‘Yes!’ I shouted at his retreating form. ‘Yes, yes, yes!’
It is in fact a brilliant idea. At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it because all the graphic novels I’ve read (apart from Asterix) have been strange and incomprehensible to me – but that’s because they’ve been Manga books with lots of weird action and bizarre dialogue. But he gave me a novel he’s been reading about a young American boy brought up in a poor Christian household and being bullied at school – and I thought, ‘Yes! I can totally see this.’ So that’s an idea we’re working on at the moment.
Meanwhile yesterday I was quite spectacularly busy as I wrote four (4!) poems about Brexit: A Rant for Leave, A Lament for Remain, A Cry for Both Sides and Am I Patriotic?, an alternative view of patriotism which flips away the flag-waving and xenophobia to focus on what I love about Britain – things like Kew Gardens and the Shipping Forecast. It’s very eclectic.
So that’s what I’ll be working on today.