An Empty Space at the Table

After the sudden death of my brother-in-law recently, I wrote this poem. An empty space at the table. Setting for 6 not 7 this year. An empty space at the table. No more can we share the love, the laughter, the…   An empty space at the table. Where are you sitting this year? Is [...]

Poem for *Samer

Recently I read The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from 'Islamic State' by *Samer.  Horrified and often driven to tears as I read, I felt inspired to write a poem, which is not something I do very often.  In fact, not something I have done since obliged to do for my MA in Creative Writing at Hull [...]

Stepping Outside of your Comfort Zone

What is your comfort zone?  According to Alan Henry, Editor-in-Chief at Lifehacker.com ‘Simply, your comfort zone is a behavioural space where your activities and behaviours fit a routine and pattern that minimises stress and risk. It provides a state of mental security. You benefit in obvious ways: regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress.' If [...]

A Large Globule of Snot

Moonfruit has decided I am no longer allowed to keep my free website and so my domain and many previous blogs (ok so it was only 4, possibly 5 posts) are now floating in the internet wilderness.  Moonfruit’s loss *shrugs shoulders* and WordPress’s gain. Welcome, anyway, to my spangly new website (being a newbie, I [...]