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…]
Writers 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 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…]
I try to force my eyes shut, hoping in vain to sleep. All day my eyes have felt the weight of the pandemic on my lids, pushing them down. Yet now that I am in bed, I lie wide awake. The room is dark except for the small, blue light from the quiet television. It gives the room an unearthly [read more…]
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 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…]
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…]