Perfect Day

As part of an exercise in characterisation, the men in my class were asked to write a piece about a woman, and the ladies were to write about a man. Examples given to us were from Alan Bennett's "A Chip In the Sugar". I haven't read the book, but to my knowledge, the lady I wrote about, never lived 'oop North'...Read more

The Rock

I think this was one of the first pieces of 'flash fiction', for want of a better term, I ever wrote in the first Creative Writing class I attended, in 2009. It came out of a lesson to which my tutor brought a smooth khaki coloured rock, and told us the 15 ideas it had given him for a story.  He asked us to use our imagination and to come up with something ourselves. This was my effort, which I remember at the time, went down well with Mr L.

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This sonnet is probably one of the worst you'll ever read.  I think the premise is fine, but the execution is poor. When I wrote this in 2009 I was pleased with it but I now look back on it with the fondness of a father regarding his child, who is learning to walk.  This particular child never did learn to walk.  Poetry will never be my strong suit, but surely it's the taking part that matters?

adewils 26-Oct-2016

One of the first things I wrote in my first Creative Writing class, this poem was inspired by watching TV adverts showing shiny, happy people buying nice sofas, immediately followed by 'Warzone', a Channel 5 documentary series following the lives of British servicemen and women at Kandahar Airbase, Afghanistan. Amongst the team was a fire crew, who had recently put out a plane fire.  The juxtaposition of life here and there was the catalyst for me.
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