Rainfall

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Wake early, listen.
Rainbeats on the window-pane:
Nature’s percussion.

Landcapes…

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Does man make the landscape,
or landscape make the man?
Nature’s bedrock, hewn, dragged, sliced
into bitesize chunks. Brick by brick,
building new scenery:
inhabiting the uninhabitable,
taming the wilderness.
But for how long?

Avalon Reading

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This Thursday, I’ll be taking part in Elementary’s reading event at the Avalon Hotel in Whitley Bay – starting 1930, £2 entry.

Here’s one of the pieces I’ll be reading:

Loss

Originally native to Siberia,
loss copes well in Britain.
The first British loss of the year
is collected by candlelight.
It can be encouraged,
using an upturned bucket,
and it thrives in direct sunlight.
The colour of loss varies,
from crimson, through pink, to green:
this is not related to flavour,
or levels of bitterness.
Raw loss can be poisonous –
seek advice if ingested,
in even the smallest amount.

Clear View

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After a ‘glorious’ week spent staring at spreadsheets, I’m in deperate need to get writing again… Off to the third of Jess Wortley’s workshops at the Lit and Phil tomorrow, and cannot wait to get thinking watery thoughts!

To get me in the mood, last night I dug out my favourite piece from her last workshop, on mountains, where I had Glencoe firmly in the front of my mind. Editing still needed, but it cheered me up!

Clear View

Sunshine doesn’t suit this place,
with skeletons of brick exposed
in their open graves -
slate grey, a blot, a stain,
on the technicolour tartan of the highlands.
Celedon, sage and sepia, the background,
dotted with violet, claret, mauve.
Blue and black wind together
along the valley floor,
dotted with herds of white,
ignorant of their own irony,
as they graze amongst the ruins.

Podcast

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Two posts in one day!!

Back in February, I was involved in the recording of a podcast with other members of Victoria Watson’s Monday night creative writing group at Quilliam Brothers in Newcastle.

The final podcast can be found here. It is very strange, listening to yourself – like the ultimate “hearing your own answerphone message”, but it was a great experience, and I hope you enjoy the results…

Fragmentation

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Fragmentation

Disturbance-driven colony fragmentation
can occur anytime, anywhere,
whether man-made or natural in origin.
The separation of parent and child,
new colonies created from the old –
same make-up, new, varied locations,
depending on the flow of the tides.
The fragments’ survival and success
will depend on where they settle,
and the presence of favourable conditions.
Absence of storms and predators
will help colonies on their way
to successful integration
within their new environment.

Story Tyne 2014

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Story Tyne is North Tyneside Council’s free annual short story competition, and this year the theme is ‘The Great War’. To help people get inspired, Sheree Mack is running a set of free creative writing workshops throughout June and July (the first one was yesterday) – I just signed up for 17th July in North Shields.

I have managed, once, to write a half-decent short story, so hopefully this will help me try to explore something new… And given that so few competitions are free-entry these days, it has to be worth a shot!

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