Stephanie Hutton, Debbi Voisey and I have all been chosen to read our winter-themed stories at the final 6 X 6 Reading Cafe of 2016. We can't wait to see who the other three readers are, I am sure it will be a great night. So happy that 6 x 6 will continue in 2017.
Growing Up in Basford 1940s-50s - A Memoir Paul Williamson.
Fairly frequently I make a journey to the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme from Hanley and I always try to catch the bus that will take me through Basford, the place where I was born. Travelling through Basford always brings back a feast of memories for me and I always look forward to the journey with great delight.
Reader, will you come on a journey with me now, because I’ve gone back in time, I’ve become a boy again? -------------- I managed to get it published last spring. I’ve still got a few copies for sale at £3-50p -Cheers!
I was a growing lad in the Fifties. Sliced bread Came out for the first time- -‘Champion,’ ‘Embrys,’ and ‘Mothers Pride.’ All from local bakeries. We had a new radio bought on H.P---------- I remember -
‘Dick Barton Special Agent’- ‘Grand Hotel’- ‘In Town Tonight’ ‘Sports Report’ on Saturday night -and Dad checking the Football coupons. --- Another of my earliest memories is of the Church of St. Marks in Oxford Road. My mother used to take my sister and me to the church services when we---
Show not tell….a phrase that many new (and not so new writers) struggle to fully understand. Yet it is one of the “golden rules” that award-winning poet John Mills was able to illuminate in his workshop with City Voices - “Poetry of the place”. As the title suggests the challenge was to choose a familiar place, but then to think about the sights, sounds, smells and “textures and flavours” of the place. From this the group each composed a draft or outline of a poem. The places chosen were fascinating in themselves – a set of steps, library, car wash, childhood home, and “my dreams”. One writer described a place where he went fishing, and how that place could be internalised into a personal journey. The whole group, and it was a cracking turn-out, really involved themselves with the nuts and bolts of the workshop, but there was much laughter too (we won’t mention Debbi Voisey’s blue hair) but with John around there always is! John said that the “workshop for City Voices…..was great fun, everybody was very receptive and they all worked really hard. Thanks to everyone at City Voices for the warmth of their welcome and their great poetry.” Everyone hopes to work on their poem over the coming months and John will be welcomed back in the New Year. There was just time for a quick Q and A session, but lots of chatter and exchange of ideas had already been bounced around during the break for tea and coffee. A great afternoon. The most glittering of golden rules? “The only way to write good poetry is to read good poetry” which John illustrated by reading works by Jo Bell, Helen Mort and his award-winning poem “All in a day’s work”.
I've felt anger almost constantly for the past week now
My fuse is short
The guy who swore at me in the car park,
How I stopped myself from hitting him I will never know.
Lucky for him as I wouldn't have stopped
Lucky for me as the consequences would have been immense
He would have been the focus of my anger
In this case a guilty bystander
I've felt rage whilst driving, rage at fools
Contempt and frustration at those who flout the rules
I've shouted at the children and snapped at the wife
I've cried buckets and wept with the bottom lip of a child
My whole life is in turmoil
I feel like yelling and shouting
I feel like punching myself in the face
Banging my head against a wall
©Barry Ashley October 2015