I am very excited to be starting a part time MA in Authorial illustration at Falmouth University in about a weeks time. When I first thiought about the course I was mainly thinking of writing and illustrating books, drawn from over 20 years of story gathering. But when I applied, I realised that the scope was much wider than this and that it was basically up to me to define my own interpretation of the term, illustration, and that it could very easily be performance based, and very much about oral storytelling. This has opened the door to possibilities that I hadn't imagined and, in some ways, scared the life out of me because I now have to narrow it down. the course part time means I will be able to take occasional work throughout the course, which is important as it means I won't disappear from storytelling circles and I will have some money now and then to support myself. It also means I will be able to try out ideas I have on the course in live situations. I am very much looking forward to experimenting and creative play.