Café Writers Prize 2016

Learning to Read #5 You know how it is, you send a couple of poems off to a competition and you set your expectations with a bit of modesty and realism but also with some optimism too – mid table, maybe? Perhaps? Just possibly you’ve found the magic touch this time, somehow, a minor place or a commended??…

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

Inspirations #4 The headline for me here is this – I listen to dls vs sp, and it inspires me to write. It’s a trigger for me. They don’t inspire me in a “well, they look pretty ordinary, so if they can, I can” kind of way; it’s more that their words are the first domino…

Eccleshill

Learning to Write #4 I worked night shifts for a while, in a factory that made sticky tape. That’s a story in itself. The factory was in a small patch of green in an area that was nudging into rough, and it was all very noisy until we stopped for break. Suddenly, it was calm and surreal, almost spiritual. And there…