Chantress by Susie McComb

Chantress Snaking briar Kiss the ground Make a root Where you’re found   Snick and snag Kitten claws Do your worst Little thorns   Overgrow Overthrow Nature’s way Hammer home   He is gone He who strimmed Beat you back Lopped your limbs   Dragged you forth Burnt your dead Boiled your young Smeared his … Continue reading Chantress by Susie McComb

Nationality by Valerie Pate

Nationality The TV presenters are shouting. Every line they deliver is accentuated by dramatic pauses and rising crescendos. I scan the jammed airport terminal, attempting to spy a man under forty not clad in a cap. The voices are too loud; jarring. I have returned once more to the U. S. of A.   “Welcome … Continue reading Nationality by Valerie Pate

The Columnist by Michelle Dee

He picked me up, picked me out, from all of the boys. He took me home took me to bed he was a columnist. Rewriting my life with a few words, ‘You are a girl,’ he said pulling me in for a kiss. ‘You are not gay, you are just a girl,’ he said transforming … Continue reading The Columnist by Michelle Dee

Change At Basingstoke by Peter Fereday

Change at Basingstoke Last week I went to Wokingham I travelled on the train They told me “Change at Basingstoke” I murmured “What a pain!” So when we got to Basingstoke I went into the loo And changed into a leopard Who’d escaped from London Zoo.   I leapt across the platform In a rather … Continue reading Change At Basingstoke by Peter Fereday

One-shot filmpoem

Here's how to use an iPad to make an extremely simple one-shot filmpoem or digital story. First - write a poem! Ok, it needn't be too long or too complicated. At our taster session I asked people to tell me a story about their life, or The Story Of Their Life, in just six words. … Continue reading One-shot filmpoem

Fear of Drowning by Gail Curry

Fear of drowning I used to visit the sea drawn to it to sit for hours watching the waves drag the shingle from the shore snatched into the icy waters against its will. I used to feel like shingle a small piece of stone insignificant at the mercy of the sea, waiting to drown. I … Continue reading Fear of Drowning by Gail Curry

Fairy Rings by Hannah Chutzpah

Fairy Rings  Gentrification is a game We have to play But cannot win. We move in mushroom fairy rings:   The unsafe neighbourhood becomes The OK neighbourhood        becomes The cool neighbourhood becomes Unaffordable.   We spores settle where we can Move when we’re starved out. We know we change each place But we cannot change … Continue reading Fairy Rings by Hannah Chutzpah