Behind the scenes at a ship launch with Jan Winward

During our year of workshops in Middlesbrough, Jan has been a staunch participant with many interesting memories of her working life in the heyday of industrial Teesside. Never one to sit easy with the more poetic side of our writing exercises, Jan elected to film an interview for her digital story and tell us how … Continue reading Behind the scenes at a ship launch with Jan Winward

Women of Steel by Rachel Bower

For an audio version of this poem, please click here.  Women of Steel We are sisters who clank through the streets on rustless feet and chain-linked arms the deep pull of ore in our loins – calls of ancestors deep in the rocks of yolk and plum and rust. I polish her toes ‘til they … Continue reading Women of Steel by Rachel Bower

Two poems by Tom Moody

Playing with Fire In childhood, summer fires would sweep the mineral line, bringing the local brigade bell-clanging down our road. Whooping in their wake a comet tail of kids.   In those days of steam a stoker’s fag-end ash, a stray glead, could easily kindle the straw-dry grass. With snapped Elder branch, or a borrowed … Continue reading Two poems by Tom Moody

Turning The Tide by Tony Gadd

Proud men of Hendon, Pallion and Panns, ‘short time workers’ of dying shipyards Scavengers of fuel, the Sherpas of the north, sea coalers beating a different path Suited, booted, flat cap too, winter an added donkey jacket and scarf, for the human mule Expeditions on his Elswick bike, his pit pony, his workhorse, just a … Continue reading Turning The Tide by Tony Gadd