What is Sera Reading? The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris

A personal and political twin tale, this is a far from traditional renderings of post-Civil War America.

What’s Sera Reading? The Phone Box at the Edge of the World

Moving and heart-breaking, Yui’s story, and that of the Wind Phone, is equally uplifting and heart-warming. click to read more.

Exploring Coats of Arms

When i’m not studying National Heritage and History I moonlight as a storyteller and one half of a writing team with Kevin Brooke published Children’s author from Worcestershire. This weekend as part of World Heritage Day [19-20 September] we were invited to Harlebury Castle to make some stories about their history and preform them toContinue reading “Exploring Coats of Arms”

Romancing the Gibbet (4) The Morrismen Murder

‘Romancing the Gibbet’ is a collaboration between poet, Ralph Hoyte and historian, Steve Poole, exploring ‘dark tourism’ at sites of extraordinary public execution in Georgian Britain. Poole explains the historical background of a single public hanging. A case from 1772, when William Keeley was found guilty of murdering Joseph Dyer after spotting him flashing hisContinue reading “Romancing the Gibbet (4) The Morrismen Murder”

Introduction to Letterpress

Wednesday 2nd October: Introduction to Letterpress Letterpress is a direct relief print method, meaning that a design is printed by transferring ink from plate to paper. The group were each given a verse from the Lewis Carroll poem; Jabberwocky. Keen Children’s Literature readers, both Stephine and I were aware of the poem and its author,Continue reading “Introduction to Letterpress”

What About Raymond Carver?

Though Raymond Carver published only a handful of books in his lifetime, he is often considered one of the great American short story writers. Debate still exists as to whether to consider Carver a minimalist for his frequent use of sparse language, a voice of the working class for his commitment to ‘ordinary’ characters, orContinue reading “What About Raymond Carver?”

The Conversation Challenge

  Task: write a conversation where there are …. A.      All gender-neutral pronouns.  No, He or She B.      No gender obvious names. C.      Setting must be a café D.      And the characters are exchanging gifts. My Attempt                 The streets were swollen with people. Manic delivery drivers parked in the road and ignored the angryContinue reading “The Conversation Challenge”

A love Poem

1          Love poem   My butterfly life, never settling with the flower of a wife, I wonder if I am capable of true love or if I am cursed to wonder. How my arms ache to hold, how my lips burn to kiss But, I do not want a butterfly wife. I don’t want aContinue reading “A love Poem”

Worst poem ever

Haha, (evil laughter) the task set to our class this week was to write the worst poem ever to illustrate what a poem should not be. so….  Poorly poem Yer, well it has been written And it ani’t got real words in places Some odd stanza brakes like a lot of bad poet’s mistakes EveryContinue reading “Worst poem ever”