Category: Creative Writing

On 05 November I offered you one of Lexi’s poems, the poignant and yet inspiring ‘Trapped‘.  Here’s another of her works, entitled ‘Ghost Girl‘. Thematically it reminds me a little of Trapped, but there is a less urgent, more reflective pace …

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                    I really like this poem by Lexi – one of two I’ll be posting over the next few weeks. There’s a great use of repetition, which subtly changes at the end …

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A reminder to you that the fourth Carlisle Book Festival kicks off this time next week, running from 07-10 October. For more information on the range of activities and guest speakers, click here … See you there?

Back in the dim distant past of July I posted a couple of haiku to celebrate the end of term. We teachers return to school today, so I decided to commemorate the occasion, if not quite celebrate it! If you …

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But it was dark.  Not that I was scared, but I was weary.  My heart beat a little faster.  My mind started racing.  The sooner I got to my friends, the better. Like Tabitha Butler’s, published on 14 August, this …

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I do not know whether it is the cold or the smell of fetid leaves rotting by the side of the road that makes my nose sting … but I know that neither are what is making my hair stand …

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How DO writers write?  Could you throw away 75% of what you wrote, to make the remaining 25% perfect?

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The Japanese ‘haiku‘ is an incredibly deceptive form of poetry.  Simple rules, easy to create, but hard to perfect.  To celebrate the end of the school year, here’s one for the students who will be back in September, urging you …

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                                      The Poetry Society’s Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious competitions for …

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Today the Guardian has published a series of tips for budding creative writers in an increasingly connected – and sometimes harsh – world.  You can access them here. Although the article’s aimed at teenage girl writers, I think much of the …

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