This morning I received a welcome phone call, informing me I’ve made the interview shortlist for a position as a Writer in Residence for a prison. When I applied for the job back in May, I put a lot of thought into the application because i) I really wanted the job (always a good start) and ii) I felt certain I’d be good at it.
Now that I actually have the interview, I’m nervous. I’ve never been in prison myself and — excepting TV and film representations — don’t know that much about day to day life inside one. Preparing for a challenging environment is one thing, but until the tour on the day of the interview itself I’m going to be continually asking myself if this is a post I could actually handle. The question at the forefront of my mind is ‘can I cope with this environment on a regular basis for a year, minimum?’. And until I’m actually walking those corridors I don’t think I’ll be able to answer it.
Don’t get me wrong- I still want the job, I still think I’d do well at it. It would make quite a change from academia (insert mandatory joke here, etc.) and I’d be given fairly broad scope to initiate projects, which I would relish, but change is also slightly intimidating.