Day 2 of the Whisky and Beards team!

Today marks the second day of my write-ups on people I want to work with. It’s only fair that the people who contribute to the company get something out of it, and my subject/candidate/friend today is more than deserving of reward.
One of the aims of Whisky & Beards is to help people connect with literature. Whether that be by removing the fear people have of tomes like “War and Peace” and “Moby Dick”, or by changing people’s perception of poetry. It’s all well and good us producing accessible content, but that’s not going to make that connection, we need something more, something that exists before the written word.
I first met Amy like many of my friends, at local poetry nights. I don’t remember how we got talking, probably through the discussions that would spring up across the room, but nonetheless, Amy and I became friends. She was an English teacher at a local grammar school, and it was obviously how much she cared about her job, making sure kids could get the most out of her lessons. I’ve known many teachers who are happy to just tick boxes set for them and collect a pay cheque, but Amy wanted more than that. Amy wanted to share the love she had of literature with others, and to share the lessons and joys she’d got from books. She thought that if a book could be expressed properly to a child, it could change their life.
It was about month before the end of term when Amy asked if I wanted to help her with a workshop for her classes. The aim was to show how a story could be told in different ways, and the importance of imagery in writing. We’d gather a collection of story extracts and get the kids to create a comic work drawing on the source material. To me, it was just a creative process but Amy was in her absolute element, combining her love of the material with her passion for teaching. I realised this was exactly the kind of thing we needed to put together for Whisky & Beards, something fun that also could open up the world of literature to people.
These days Amy takes a more direct role with children, working in the social care sector, and I don’t want to take her away from something that enables her to do so much good, but I need her. I need her passion and her knowledge to create workshops, to engage with children and even adults. I need someone who can bridge that gap between being a book nerd like me, and someone who can communicate that love. I need Amy Barnes.
So how about it? Do you reckon you can spare me the time and sign on as my Education Director?