Writing

No one dives in me

  Seven things I’ve learned from 20 years as a community swimming pool. As told to Kit Caless.     When I’m cold I’m lonely. When I’m cold, the black…

LS Lowry, Going to the Match

Why You Shouldn’t Follow Poets on Twitter

Reading collaborations Between poet and poet I think           how does this work What do they do          how do they Talk to each other without Getting confused One of the poets…

Melanie K bubbles

100 poems in a day

On 22nd November 2013, Claire Trevien recklessly agreed to write 100 poems in a single day in order to raise money for Refuge. That’s more than she usually writes in…

Meerkats

Waste (extracts)

You think in the animal kingdom there’s no waste cause you’re nice and shun anthropomorphism but actually there’s a lot I mean you’re nice and don’t want to imbue empty…

John Miles, Gloucester Old Spot, 1834

PYG

Toby is one influential pig. As the very first learned pig to turn his tricks upon the stage, he provided a template for countless subsequent acts at fairs and festivals…

Camilla Nelson poetry

She speaks

    in a hoar frost, she said:   the weather’s made a Miss Havisham’s wedding feast of this wood the dark of bark and leaf is cobwebbed over the…

Shorelines Festival 2013

Shorelines Festival 2013

The perennial danger of the small town literary festival is that it takes place solely within the confines of a conference centre / tent / town hall or other academic…

Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Mirrors 2011

Untitled

  give me a coin for the slot machine sky, I said and she gave me the sun and the polka dancing stars were sequins on night’s black dress give…

The Island

I. He covers my eyes with a blindfold of elderberries and makes me promise not to peek. He thrusts a lead in my hand and, with a clicking noise out…