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
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
This week we're happy to share two pieces by Middlesbrough performance poet Chris Stewart. Chris describes himself as "a background extra in a Harvey Weinstein movie because it is literally true. He is snoze af - so woke he had to hit snooze. He's been in loads of magazines and things you wouldn't have heard of. … Continue reading Two poems by Chris Stewart
On Monday 13th May we will hold our second free 'digital storytelling' taster session, 1.30pm at Middlesbrough Central Library. Even if you are completely new to writing, or using iPads to make films, we can help you contribute to a simple group filmpoem - like this one, created in just 90 minutes by participants at … Continue reading Together, we create magic!
The final digital story from lats year's Celebrating Change is this from Tracy - and just in the nick of time, as we can now reveal that Arts Council England is supporting us for a second year! Watch this space for more details of taster sessions leading up to our project start date on Thursday … Continue reading A filmpoem by Tracy
Here's a digital story that's a lot of fun. Sandra took the shape of Rudyard Kipling's most famous poem "If", and made it into her own story. We hope you enjoy her ingenuity!
Today we hear from Lasha, who has twice sought asylum in the UK, and who has noticed changes to Middlesbrough. Changes worth celebrating!
As poetry-lovers mourn the passing of the wonderful Mary Oliver, we'd like to bring you this piece of memoir by Joyce. Like Mary Oliver, Joyce finds solace and a spiritual connection in nature. Although the fields and wild places of her childhood may be changed, some remain preserved, and all are celebrated. Have a peaceful … Continue reading A digital story by Joyce Skinner
Here's a simple photo-montage film using the Ken Burns effect, from our workshop participant Gwen. We love her story about how the loss of her beloved dog led to an unexpected influx of garden visitors... Remember, we'd love to feature poems, stories, memoirs and films by anyone who would like to celebrate the changes in … Continue reading A digital story by Gwen
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
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