Self-portrait as list – a prompt

Hello everyone, it's a sunny Monday morning here at Celebrating Change Blog HQ, and I think we're long overdue another writing prompt. So here is a little snippet of what we got up to at our May session, which you might like to try as well. We started out by reading this wonderful poem by … Continue reading Self-portrait as list – a prompt

Bringing the Baby Home by Carmen Marcus

Many thanks to Carmen for donating this poem, which is a beautiful meditation on one of the biggest changes anyone can experience - those first days of new parenthood. On 30 June, Carmen will be performing more poems about the 'fourth trimester' period of motherhood at a very special pecha-kucha cabaret Deranged Poetesses : Mothers, as … Continue reading Bringing the Baby Home by Carmen Marcus

Whose body? by Fran Edwards

Big thanks to Fran for donating three pieces written at our monthly workshops. This piece came out of our 'fortune teller' prompt back in March. I was asked, "Whose body would I like to be in for a day?" I felt confused, because that question would normally be "Whose life would you like to have for … Continue reading Whose body? by Fran Edwards

I Have My Walking Boots On by Fran Edwards

In the second of three pieces, our regular workshop member Fran Edwards recalls a memory inspired by watching 'Doing Our Bit', a film from 1935 about voluntary action groups in Cleveland.  I have my walking boots on. The ground is muddy but I am standing on flagstones outside the cottage door. The sun is just … Continue reading I Have My Walking Boots On by Fran Edwards

I Was Standing By The Fridge by Fran Edwards

I was standing by the fridge when she said "I'm pregnant" I celebrated with wine, fizzy like the bubbles of joy in my mind I couldn't believe that at last I was going to be a grandmother I smiled a lot I worried too I waited for scans and enough weeks passing to feel it … Continue reading I Was Standing By The Fridge by Fran Edwards

Guest editor call out for submissions!

Please welcome our second of three guest editors, Degna Stone! Degna Stone is a published poet who has twice received New Writing North awards, and a founder editor at acclaimed poetry journal Butcher’s Dog. She works as an Enabler for the Slate Consortia project, developing routes into creative arts and theatre for BMER artists. She … Continue reading Guest editor call out for submissions!

Three Poems by Francis Annett

Good morning on this sunny Bank Holiday Monday! I hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend. I'm delighted to tell you that today's blog features not one, but three poems from our regular group member, Francis Arnett. Francis started work as a teacher in secondary education and retired after 40 years, with many happy memories and … Continue reading Three Poems by Francis Annett