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Big Book Weekend – A Review

dtwadmStories, Books, and Words

Big Book Weekend – A Review   So, there I was, sat rather awkwardly on the sofa in my sister’s family home, where I had taken refuge from my solo abode before lockdown kicked in, waiting for the online book festival – The Big Book Weekend. And why awkwardly? Well, how is one to know how to attend an online [read more…]

Those Days

dtwadmWriters at Home and in Isolation

Those Days   Those weeks we spent with the drawbridge pulled up. While unknown dragons stalked nearby. Will I remember these days filled with paints and glue and me and you? With sand and water and adventure in four walls. With dens and dungeons, battles and baddies. With stories and songs and hours of TV. With lessons entered gently. Am [read more…]

Lockdown – A Visual Poem

dtwadmWriters at Home and in Isolation

Stella has always worked to create pictures with words, from writing brochures to teaching English to primary children. Recently she took part in a course on environmental writing, during which she discovered that she really enjoys the precision of poetry and flash fiction.

Reminders

dtwadmWriters at Home and in Isolation

Reminders     Tracy Harris is a Writer, Performance artist and Filmmaker. She has written plays for Sherman Cymru, RWCMD, Theatre 503 and Menagerie Theatre. She also makes TV documentaries for BBC. Voiceover by Edward Llewelyn (www.edwardllewelyn.co.uk Twitter: @edwardllewelyn). Music, ‘Butterfly’, composed by Tom Gatley (www.tomgatley.com Twitter: @tomgatley)   Text transcript for the above film: Sometimes The slowing down Of [read more…]

Six-Bed Student House, Available Now

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Six-Bed Student House, Available Now   Paint and time to spare, they reinvent chairs in powder blue and lipstick pink, tomato-orange chest of drawers, feature wall, shabby chic. Surprised, dismayed, the owners concede it’s not, strictly speaking, prohibited within the terms of the lease. In the Jackson-Pollocked yard a canvas big as the tiny car they moved with, scruffy, lichened [read more…]

In Spite Of / Because Of

dtwadmWriters at Home and in Isolation

In Spite Of / Because Of   Winner of the Bath and North East Somerset Libraries ‘Lockdown’ Competition (Poetry)     In Spite Of / Because Of   It is the most beautiful spring I can remember, Bright blue sky, and windows filled with soft sunlight Flamingo-pink blossom floats on the cherry trees Wild garlic wafts across the breeze, and [read more…]

Lockdown

dtwadmWriters at Home and in Isolation

Lockdown   Winner of the Bath and North East Somerset Libraries ‘Lockdown’ Competition (Short Stories)     Lockdown   She’s never been one for the crowded places. The town squares with their fountains and their tourists, the pedestrianised areas thronging with shoppers, the pubs full of drinkers spilling onto the streets. No. She likes the quiet. And the wild spaces. [read more…]

Trevose Head Lighthouse

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Trevose Head Lighthouse When the storm blackened our windows we buried ourselves in- to cotton and each other and began to build the weather in a jigsaw. First were the corners to set our boundary, then, to find spring in one thousand pieces. The Lighthouse took shape from gappy fog in the window on the floor. We stuffed rock pools [read more…]

A Note on Self Isolation

bildenWriters at Home and in Isolation

Hello, I’m Joanna, a writer at Paper Nations, and I have a rare condition that affects my immune system. My condition is normally invisible and had a comparatively minor impact on my day-to-day life, until Covid-19. Now I have to take extraordinary precautions and have been self-isolating for some time. Like many other vulnerable people, I am now facing months [read more…]