PADDOCK CALLS: THE NIGHTBOOK by Joseph Minden
A5, 64 pages, black and white printing, saddle stitched, 2022
Far from the icy straits of the mere pedagogue, across the arid wastes of the administration flats, there lies the woebegotten vale of the comprehensive teacher, and somewhere within the twisting branches and stirring ferns of this place, half-hidden in a barely secret place, can be found the heart of the human being, persisting through trial and tribulation, calumny and everyday despair. Yet - even now - not without the nigh incongruous hope, the requisite compassion.
In the words of Minden himself:
The Nightbook is a teacher's rhapsody, written out of anguish at the state of schools, the pressures of being in them and hallucinations brought on by prolonged exposure to those eternally flogged texts, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's an attempt to dream about how true contact in education might be possible, both intra- and interpersonally. Lay on, Macduff.