Writing the Silences

Hannah Jones wants to be alone.Huddled inside the wings of a tattered shawl, she perches on a secluded bench in the market square where the wind funnels and drives the wreckage of life into uncared for corners. In bruise-purple ink she scrawls across the leaves of her journal pausing only to breathe onto white-tipped fingers.And…

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day: 10 OctoberThis day is recognised by the World Health Organisation as World Mental Health Day, and the theme chosen for 2020 is “Mental Health for All”. During this time of global uncertainty it seems especially important to care for our own mental health, and to be aware of the mental health…

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National Poetry Day 2020

National Poetry Day is celebrated on the first Thursday of October. So, today’s the day. The idea behind National Poetry Day is to celebrate poetry and to encourage the sharing, discovery, and enjoyment of this most sublime expression of the written and spoken word. It is an initiative of the charity Forward Arts Foundation that…

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Three Ages of Woman

Gustav Klimt was an amazing artist. Controversial perhaps, but for colour, texture, and pattern his work is magisterial. There is an extravagance and playfulness about his work that is unique. His work “The Three Ages of Woman” inspired me to write a poem on the theme. Do you have a particular artist who inspires you?…

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Time Machine: a short story

Through those last months with Matt I believed I would never again hear Westminster chimes with pleasure, reassuring sounds of my childhood seemed sullied forever. I had thought the Personal Organizer he brought home last Spring was just another electronic toy that would soon bore him. But as our garden burned with Summer blooms, it…

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Peering above the Parapet

Peering above the parapetnot an awful lot to seethe little I see is awfuland nothing to do with me. Fake news, the only tale in town –cheats and lies and alibiesrough-shod rides, swift changing tidesnegating the already down. Turning back from the parapetwrapped in awe of my own spacelimitlessly intimatemanufactured natural place. Physical isolation is…

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