A digital story by Grace Turner-Thompson

Grace is a very special member of our Middlesbrough workshop group. The film she's made will give you an insight into her life, and what she needs to secure a hopeful future. We're also delighted to bring you a poem by Grace, about her Grandma Edith who taught her how to bake. The Wedding Ring … Continue reading A digital story by Grace Turner-Thompson

Outdoor Sex by Natalie Crick

"This poem scared the heck out of me - this is a poem of fairy-tale horrors, of quiet, claustrophobic menace, of fear that refuses to remain hidden. It is not a graphic depiction of sex ‘You part my lips with them, shut/my mouth with them,’ made me feel like the very trees were closing over … Continue reading Outdoor Sex by Natalie Crick

A digital story by Joyce Skinn

We're delighted to bring you the first film by our Middlesbrough cohort, a beautiful meditation on time and creativity by textile artist Joyce Skinn. These last three months of Celebrating Change would usually be when we work intensively with our participants to help them bring together footage and writing into a coherent digital self-expression. The … Continue reading A digital story by Joyce Skinn

All Prepared, Not Prepared by Rob Walton

This poem is very real and raw. It breaks down the barriers of how frightening it can be to actually talk about illness and the inevitable deaths that may come - but talk we must. It runs breathlessly, without punctuation which helps convey the panic and terror hidden behind the ‘gallows humour’. Imagine selecting your … Continue reading All Prepared, Not Prepared by Rob Walton

Disaster by Miriam Calleja

This piece dismantles the actual word ‘disaster’ and manages to subvert the dark moments with an idea of heaven, a sort of afterlife feel. Its deconstruction leaves a lot of room for the reader’s own interpretation. The poem ends upon thoughts of ‘a star’. Perhaps an idea that we do not entirely disappear. - Jane … Continue reading Disaster by Miriam Calleja

Luminol by Pippa Little

Pippa Little’s poem ‘Luminol’ uses the image of the actual crime-scene chemical to great effect - haunts her poem with its visual luminescence and the stains you know are there but can never truly remove. - Jane Burn, guest editor. Luminol reveals the secret you don’t even know you know until years afterwards like an … Continue reading Luminol by Pippa Little

In Situ by Mel Eaton

Mel Eaton’s poem ‘In Situ’ is a poem of snapshots - of trying to make sense of being cast adrift in a world of medical jargon by becoming absorbed in watching raindrops on a window. It is a poem of sinking and sadness, of passing that endless time spent waiting. It is a poem of … Continue reading In Situ by Mel Eaton

Howls by Ann Cuthbert

In Ann Cuthbert’s poem ‘Howls’, we see how terror and tragedy can hide in the utter-ness of the everyday. It is not always loud or visible. This is the crumbling of an individual amongst the mundane and it is so much more effective for that. When she gets a chance to be alone, she howls. … Continue reading Howls by Ann Cuthbert

Birth Trauma (PTSD) by Rachel Bower

I feel that this poem will be one that so many of us will identify with. Nothing can prepare you for the realities of childbirth and none of us can predict its effects upon us. The trauma is real and has lasting consequences. This poem leaves many questions unanswered and throughout maintains a sense of … Continue reading Birth Trauma (PTSD) by Rachel Bower

Some Of The Things I Was In 2019 by Sheila Jacob

"I chose this poem as a representation of immediate trauma - this experience is obviously very fresh in the mind of the poet and the way that she took refuge in nature to survive is nicely expressed. I especially liked the last stanza." - Jane Burn, guest editor Some Of The Things I Was In … Continue reading Some Of The Things I Was In 2019 by Sheila Jacob