Three Topical Tanka

Learning to Write #27 Three things happened – Scotland won the Calcutta Cup, The Heavy Falcon flew successfully, and friends of mine won national awards for being awesome women in IT. The diamond tanka, above, is for the latter – inspirational people that I am lucky to know and to work with, who have risen…

Soapbox @ Seven

Performance #3 Some good news! A new poetry night in Leeds, hosted at the Seven Arts Centre in Chapel Allerton, compered by Matt Abbott and put together by the Nymphs and Thugs spoken word record label. I’m finding that there is less poetry in Leeds that I assumed there would be, given that the city…

Valentines Eve Tanka

Learning to Write #26 Two Tuesday Tanka. It’s Shrove Tuesday here in the UK and also Valentines Day Eve, which isn’t really a thing, but made for a nice theme. It’s the hopefulness before the crushing disappointment, the chance to take a chance followed by the inevitable playing it safe. Firstly, to everyone who’s ever…

Rubbish

Learning to Write #27 This is about my morbid fear that my descendants are going to look at what a mess we’ve made of the planet and say something like “what the heck were you doing?” or “what were you thinking would happen when you bought all this crap and then just threw it away”….