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Sonnet Educated folk? The folk degree (74* d) RE: Educated folk? The folk degree 08 Nov 01

Fay, My daughter Rachael, of whom I am immensely proud, is on the same course. Don't take any notice of people who seek to devalue either the course or the talents of all you traditional musicians up there. Some people will never understand why you're all there, and others will mask their jealousy with scorn. I don't think the course is intended to open anyone to the job market - not all university courses are, these days. My MA in Poetry bears no relevence to my job as a library assistant, won't necessarily lead to me being signed up by any of the major poetry publishers, but has given me the skills I need to do what I really want, which is write poetry well, and has provided me with the opportunity to socialise and be taught by poets who are my heroes, just in the same way that you are being taught by yours. As with any degree course, what you get out of it depends on the effort you put into it. Have the courage to do what you want to do with your music. You are so lucky to have this wonderful opportunity, which I feel, from talking to some of you, that the majority of you appreciate. Good luck with your studies. Janet McS

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