Welcome to a series of weekly poems, selected by guest editor Jane Burn on the theme of Trauma. We start with Question by Marg Roberts. Jane says ‘Question’ is a snapshot into a surreal world. It has an uncomfortable air of other-worldly un-belonging, a suffocating sense of displacement. It speaks of a fate that so … Continue reading Question by Marg Roberts
In January, humans resembling tomatoes, in Lycra purchased from the sales, sluggishly huff and puff around local parks and green spaces, with determination in their eyes that this year they WILL get fit. Forget all previous years when running only lasted a week, sportswear used instead as ‘comfy pyjamas’ on cold January evenings and trainers … Continue reading Move it more, love it loads – by Scarlet Pink
Resolution One: Make small but MIGHTY changes Unless you’ve been living in a plastic bubble over the past few years, you will know the serious impact that plastic and waste has on our planet. We’ve seen the documentary footage of sea birds regurgitating plastic to feed their chicks and beached whales with stomachs full of … Continue reading Why New Year’s Resolutions Matter – by Scarlet Pink
“Tis the season to be jolly” someone wrote over a hundred years ago in a carol, so it must be true, right? The soundtrack of our festive ‘experience’ reminds us repeatedly that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, where everybody’s having fun. Mariah’s high-pitched warbling and Slade’s manic “IT’S CHRISTMAS!” sums up … Continue reading It’s OK Not To Be OK – An Alternative Christmas Story by Scarlet Pink
“We could see what was needed in our communities and now we can make it happen” Lifelong friends bring people together through their love of growing and cooking food! I think most of us would agree, that it takes courage, resilience and a strong social conscience to grow a social enterprise from the grass … Continue reading Barefoot Kitchen by Scarlet Pink
From beer gardens to alleyways, public parks to community spaces; if it’s home to a few potted plants and some shrubbery, then nowadays pretty much anywhere can be a ‘secret garden.’ Most ‘secret’ gardens, are not actually meant to be secret, or they wouldn’t attract swarms of visitors. What’s the point of a beautiful garden, … Continue reading Middlesbrough’s Best Kept Secret – Nature’s World by Scarlet Pink
Please welcome our third and final guest editor, Jane Burn. Jane's accomplishments are too numerous to list here in full! She's a poet with multiple magazine credits. She's also an illustrator, crafter, maker, house-renovator. She's associate editor at Culture Matters Press, currently finishing up edits on an anthology with co-editor Fran Lock. She's the founder of … Continue reading Open call for submissions!