There has been a gap here since the posters were last given out in 2011. I'm very proud that a large number of posters are about admitting weakness and low points, whether to share a way through, or to let others know they are not the only one and I wanted to do the same.
Almost 1000 posters were given out through the site in 2011, with requests from students studying a great range of courses from across the UK. It was a high point, but I also lost track of the project - through a combination of depression and juggling money and jobs. I stopped seeing it clearly and if I stall, it stalls and it has stalled for 2 years.
Amazingly, through that time the project still has momentum. That incredible fact is thanks to all the artists who have contributed personal work which continues to speak to people. Posters that express an honesty and strength that inspires me to write now. The standard of their contribution is the standard I hope to meet. It is also thanks to the amazing support of people who in the time when I haven't been present, have seen the project more clearly:
Birmingham Student Services and the University College of the Arts Canada used the posters to reach out to new and prospective students and Haynes publishing also included some of the posters in their student manual.
Maria Popova at Brainpickings who posted about the project in late 2011, continued to spread the word by retweeting her original article, even while the project has been dormant. Each time has been a huge, generous boost and a reminder of what is possible.
Many wonderful teachers have been in touch and as a result I hope a classroom pack will be coming in the Autumn.
Kelsey Crowe has been an inspiring and extremely kind correspondant sharing the creation and success of her wonderful Help Each Other Out project, with a generous hat tip to the posters.
Most of all, my parents, who (among many other things) took it upon themselves to build this and stand by it for an event at my Dad's University, where he has taught and lectured for his whole professional life.
This year, it will be smaller in some ways and bigger in others, but it will be building on the ideas of giving out the posters through the website. It feels good to be back.