Big little stories

For our March session, we focussed on ways to call small memories to life and turn them into short, authentic pieces of writing. It was a wonderful experience to hear people's work, and see how even small incidents led to large insights when remembered with attention and clarity. Scroll to the end for the writing … Continue reading Big little stories

Ways Not To Treat Women by Tracey Scott-Townsend

A strong and wide-reaching feminist poem for our fifth selection by guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs! Ways not to treat Women For enjoying a book too much Refuse to educate them In case men can’t satisfy them Genitally mutilate them If they get pregnant unmarried Take their babies away For suffering postpartum depression Electric shock … Continue reading Ways Not To Treat Women by Tracey Scott-Townsend

Friday Night Is Fun Night by Sara Dennis

Please be aware that this poem contains descriptions of domestic violence. The fourth poem chosen by guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs is a response to her callout for stories relating to violence against women and the #metoo and #timesup campaigns. If you'd like to know more about how to work for positive change on this … Continue reading Friday Night Is Fun Night by Sara Dennis

Gauntlet by Carol Fenwick

In the third poem selected by our guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs, we take a look from on high at modern 'gods' Weinstein and Murdoch... Gauntlet Wielding his gauntlet like Apollo’s arrow, Zeus greets them. From among his avenue of Alpha males, they stand like Gods. Those who don’t salute are left to suffer without … Continue reading Gauntlet by Carol Fenwick

Impossible Things by Rosamund McCullain

In the second poem chosen by our guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs, poet Rosamund McCullain plays on the meaning of 'scab'. Worthy words as our university staff continue to strike for their pensions. Impossible Things Picking that irritating scab and wondering Can there be new skin underneath? Can Epidermis and epiglottis renew? Repair the Raw … Continue reading Impossible Things by Rosamund McCullain

No News Is Good News by Jackson Davies

Welcome to the first poem chosen for March by our guest editor, Jessie Joe Jacobs, who is part of the We Are Our Media collective working to bring 'alternative tabloids' to the  people of the north east, written by the people of the north east! No News is Good News You might be under the … Continue reading No News Is Good News by Jackson Davies

A poem by Nick Smith

Here at Celebrating Change, we're so happy to be working with a really diverse group of digital storytellers. Today I have the pleasure and honour of bringing you the first poem from the group, a heart-wrenching piece by Nick Smith. He wrote it in response to Sara Dennis' poem 'Six' , but has absolutely made the … Continue reading A poem by Nick Smith