The right to my creativity

By Professor Debra Myhill, Director of the Centre for Research in Writing, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, The University of Exeter

On the first day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
The right to my creativity.

On the second day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

On the third day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Three story seeds,
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

On the fourth day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Four moments’ peace
Three story seeds,
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

On the fifth day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Five gold stars
Four moments’ peace
Three story seeds,
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

On the sixth day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Six stories simmering
Five gold stars
Four moments’ peace
Three story seeds,
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

On the seventh day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Seven rhythms drumming
Six stories simmering
Five gold stars
Four moments’ peace
Three story seeds,
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

On the eighth day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Eight words a-beating
Seven rhythms drumming
Six stories simmering
Five gold stars
Four moments’ peace
Three story seeds,
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

On the ninth day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Nine lives for risk-taking
Eight words a-beating
Seven rhythms drumming
Six stories simmering
Five gold stars
Four moments’ peace
Three story seeds,
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

On the tenth day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Ten rules for breaking
Nine lives for risk-taking
Eight words a-beating
Seven rhythms drumming
Six stories simmering
Five gold stars
Four moments’ peace
Three story seeds,
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

On the eleventh day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Eleven colours dancing
Ten rules for breaking
Nine lives for risk-taking
Eight words a-beating
Seven rhythms drumming
Six stories simmering
Five gold stars
Four moments’ peace
Three story seeds,
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

On the twelfth day of Christmas my teacher gave to me
Twelve tales for telling
Eleven colours dancing
Ten rules for breaking
Nine lives for risk-taking
Eight words a-beating
Seven rhythms drumming
Six stories simmering
Five gold stars
Four moments’ peace
Three story seeds,
Two curly pens and
The right to my creativity

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