Growth by Katharine Jones

Katharine's digital stories are strongly formed out of her faith, and her work with refugees and asylum seekers who are supported by Stockton Baptist Church. This first piece turns a pantoum poem into a prayer for closeness with God - please enjoy her charming stop-motion animation and beautiful photographs taken along the banks of the … Continue reading Growth by Katharine Jones

Celebrating Small Things by Joyce Skinn

We're so proud of the workshop participants from this second year of Celebrating Change - although we only ask them to complete one digital story, they are now flying ahead with the skills they've learned, and are making more and more films! Here's Joyce Skinn, back with another beautifully lyrical piece about celebrating small joys.

Mania from Caoin by Fran Lock

Our final poem chosen by Jane Burn for her 'Surviving Trauma' series is by Fran Lock.  Fran Lock is a sometime itinerant dog-whisperer and the author of seven poetry collections, most recently the pamphlet Raptures and Captures (Culture Matters, 2019) in collaboration with collage artist Steev Burgess, and Contains Mild Peril (Out-Spoken Press, 2019). She is an associate … Continue reading Mania from Caoin by Fran Lock

Everywhere is always full of holes by Denni Turp

Please welcome Denni to the blog, with a poem that speaks simply and eloquently of how normal is forever altered by trauma and loss. Everywhere is always full of holes The pier at Southwold with the water clock we watched so long to see the hour, the amusements, and the beach huts bright and neat … Continue reading Everywhere is always full of holes by Denni Turp

Why She Fell In Love With Doors by Helen Kay

Why she fell in love with doors is a poem that brilliantly works the idea of an eternity of opening and closing. Living with trauma is an eternity and though we might feel it more or less strongly on certain days, it remains there, like the poem’s wolf, lurking behind our everyday life. ‘She must … Continue reading Why She Fell In Love With Doors by Helen Kay

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

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