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Our Creative Digital Apprentice Peter Tomlinson reflects on his second month working with Shetland Arts.

Since my last update, I have made a fair bit of progress. I’ve been down to Glasgow for college and I’ve been creating content here in Shetland too. A lot of ideas and projects are beginning to come to fruition now. Exciting times!

I flew from Sumburgh on Thursday 2nd of November with Glasgow Airport as my destination. A flat calm flight and a walk to my hotel to drop off my bags left me with a bit of time to meet friends who are studying in the city.

On Friday morning, I had to make my way to the Langside campus of Glasgow Clyde College where I met my course coordinator and the other student on my course. We got a brief tour of the building and then got a more detailed summary of the course structure. The site struck me as very modern and I think it will be a very useful place with all the facilities to help me continue to develop my skills and complete my course.

After getting to know those involved, we filled out some forms and discussed what we wanted to get out of the course. The conversations we had gave me a lot of confidence that I had chosen the right course and I hope to see things continue to move positively as the year goes on.

Saturday morning arrived and my busy weekend was over. It was time to fly north again. Straight off the plane, I had blogging duties for Shetland Arts’ annual literary festival Wordplay. I sat in on a ‘fake news’ discussion with Shetland Times editor Adam Civico, author and journalist James Ball and journalist Marianne Taylor which was entertaining and insightful.

The next day I went to writer Donald S. Murray’s talk and was thoroughly impressed with his readings from his various poetry books and found his background quite relatable in many ways in that his writing style has been shaped by his island life.

Other than Wordplay, I’ve been spending my time in the office, creating written content mostly and starting to work through my college coursework. Overall, it has been a productive month or so and I’m looking forward to seeing how college progresses.

Over the next month, I plan to keep working hard and keep the good momentum rolling into the coming months. I hope to be able to carry on creating content that is both interesting for the public and also beneficial to the organisation.

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