Three marvelous things

Guilt, fear and excuses are a terrible combination when it comes to writing blog posts – but it’s also been a busy time, to say the least.

For one thing, we have a book that came out last week.  It was only today (and thanks to the thoughtfulness of Marc Armitage) that Suzanna and I got our own copies.  It was hard to read mine at first because my hands kept shaking uncontrollably.  Holding a book with my name on the cover is the oldest longing I can recall.  At the time of writing,  it’s out of stock in the US.

At the moment though, we’re in Australia finishing up a tour organized by Malarkey.  It’s been an astonishing few weeks so far, with much more yet to come.  For one thing, we’ve seen kangaroos and galahs but no koalas at all!  This state of affairs simply cannot stand.

Finally, there’s the rather startling honour of being shortlisted for two awards at the upcoming National Playwork Conference – under the categories of Playwork Training Provider (for our Playworker Development Course) and Playwork in Other Contexts.

In our tour workshops, Suzanna and I have emphasized that faith in the processes of play can lead to surprising adventures, to extraordinary joys.   That has rarely felt more true than now.  Over the past few years, we at Pop-Up Adventure Play have worked incredibly hard, listened to our friends and tried always to apply playwork principles in the broadest ways possible – to go where invited, and be of use however we could.  Like playwork itself, this hasn’t been easy but it has been worth it – leading to experiences that have humbled me beyond all words.  Thank you, to everyone who has supported or followed along on the ride.

(You can see slightly more frequent attempts to talk about these things over at the Pop-Up Adventure Playground blog here.)