BRICKHEADS: DANI SMITH

Time for another Lego interview, and this time we’re chatting to a fellow inmate teacher in my very own English Department at school.

Dani Smith is a hard-core Mumhen, the kind of teacher that goes out of her way to make sure every kid has pens, paper, clean underwear, hot food, and a snug-in-the-bug, as well as an obsessive creator of high-quality teaching resources (at least one of which I’ve used as the basis for an entire unit….), water polo nutcase, and Mum of kids that are actually hers for real. She’s also a fan of using Lego to enrich her family life, as our interview shows.

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A PACK OF BRICKHEADS: RUSSELL KIRKPATRICK

There have, in past days, been the occasional interview series’ on this page. We’ve seen Treacherous Carrots, the depths of Room 102, Precious Things, enjoyed Fetish Friday…… but always, the interviewees have been largely drawn from friends and peers from my writing world.

So this time out, I want to introduce you to my other world: the world of my visual arts practice. My Lego world. First out of the blocks (Heh. See what I did there? See it? You see it? Suit yourself) is mapmaker, lecturer in Geography, chronicler of Kiwi waterfalls, and bloody brilliant fantasy novelist (okay, so I’m not exactly tearing myself away from the writing world to begin….) — not to mention hilarious Facebook poster and all-round just lovely fellow, Russell Kirkpatrick. (And a more recent snapshot of what he’s up to can be found here).

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