Here's a digital story by Francis, with a vivid picture of how treatments have changed since 1947! I hope you enjoy Francis' use of found and vintage photographs, and his use of iconic art to express his experience.
The second digital story we'd like to share is by Fran Edwards, a regular member of our Celebrating Change monthly workshops in 2018. Some of her poetry and prose work has already appeared in earlier blog posts. You'll see Fran has used vintage footage of the Cannon Street area of Middlesbrough, captured by filmmaker Derek … Continue reading Jesus Saves by Fran Edwards
For the next few weeks, we're delighted to feature the digital stories made by our regular Celebrating Change participants, starting with this one by Miki Rogers. Some of you may have seen this via Miki's own social media, but if you haven't - get ready for a treat! It was my absolute pleasure to help … Continue reading A digital story by Miki Rogers
The last of our 'special mention' poems on the theme of changing home is from Alison Raybould. We just couldn't let it escape us, when it has its emotional heart so strongly in our native Teesside! ‘Pumps mean something different down there!’ At thirteen, that plimsoll line pounding and ‘Run For Home’ on the turntable, … Continue reading Pumps mean something different down there! by Alison Raybould
This Friday we're happy to bring you a gentle, compassionate, and hopeful poem from Maggie Mackay. It enters into the thoughts of a woman embarking on a huge change of home - her own great-aunt! War Bride I board a steamship wider than the Waverley. Salty, saltier than the Clyde, the Atlantic is pulling me … Continue reading War Bride by Maggie Mackay
In the wake of our short season of 'changing home' poems as selected by Clive Birnie, we're making the executive decision to feature just a handful more poems that were mentioned honourably in dispatches! Here are two from Hull-based poet, author and publisher Tracey Scott-Townsend, which contrast living in a van with the lure of … Continue reading Two poems by Tracey Scott-Townsend
So this is the last pick from our special guest editor, Clive Birnie of Burning Eye Books - thanks Clive! We promise that he saw all submissions fully anonymised, so it is just a testament to the consistency of his editorial tastes that he chose poems by two poets from the Burning Eye stable! This … Continue reading Written when freshly moved… by Jemima Foxtrot