For this second selection, guest editor Kinsman says "Whilst this poem articulates how we all probably feel about politics in this country at the moment, it does so in a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek manner. More importantly, it reminds us that every small action in the face of political stagnation has ramifications within our communities. Opening a … Continue reading Big Ben is Broken by Ian Badcoe
Welcome to the first of ten poetry selections by our guest editor Kinsman. "This poem serves as a counter point to the media portrayal of those who come to this country seeking asylum, which often treats them as if they were some kind of invasive species rather than human beings. Often the act of physically … Continue reading Abdul Haroun Almost Medals At Dover by Claire Booker
Our submissions window for guest editor Kinsman is now closed, and we will begin publishing their selections next Friday. But while we do, you have 11 weeks to submit a whole new batch of poems to our second guest editor, Jess Green! Jess says I would like to see poems which explore difference and defiance; … Continue reading Callout for submissions #2!
Today we bring you a haunting pantoum by Pauline May. Pauline lives in Sunderland with her husband, son and cat. She has worked extensively in education and across child protection, special educational needs and drama in education. She enjoys performing at spoken word events across the north east. She has had poems published in The … Continue reading Beginning The End by Pauline May
This week we feature a poignant poem by Steve, about the changes wrought on everyday life by bereavement. Steve May worked extensively in the field of drama-in-education, including winning an Edinburgh Fringe First with Wigan Young People’s Theatre, before becoming an acupuncturist. He regularly performs his work around the NE of England and further afield. … Continue reading Patterns by Steve May
This week we're happy to share two pieces by Middlesbrough performance poet Chris Stewart. Chris describes himself as "a background extra in a Harvey Weinstein movie because it is literally true. He is snoze af - so woke he had to hit snooze. He's been in loads of magazines and things you wouldn't have heard of. … Continue reading Two poems by Chris Stewart
On Monday 13th May we will hold our second free 'digital storytelling' taster session, 1.30pm at Middlesbrough Central Library. Even if you are completely new to writing, or using iPads to make films, we can help you contribute to a simple group filmpoem - like this one, created in just 90 minutes by participants at … Continue reading Together, we create magic!