Writing in the time of covid-19

  Creative Writing during lockdown Seamus Kelly With extra time on our hands and with lots of very real issues to be concerned about because of the corona virus that can cause devastating illness it is easy to forget that theworld still turns. Musicians still play, artists still draw, paint and sculpt and writers still write. Writing groups, workshops and performances have moved on-line and … Continue reading Writing in the time of covid-19

Writing in the time of covid-19

  Tom Jenks   There are ghosts bouncing on our lockdown trampoline, untroubled by social norms or overhanging branches.       Tom Jenks   Welcome to my home office, I am making amulets, in virtual meetings, looking up my own nose.   Good morning, blackbird, you are wise today, perched on the tweezers, predicting snowfall.   I am gazing steadfastly over the reservoir. I … Continue reading Writing in the time of covid-19

Writing in the time of covid-19

When This Is Over Reshma Ruia When this is over You will remember How the world was emptied of sound Silence strolled the streets In hush-hush slippers In the garden the first butterflies of spring Cartwheeling. Their smoked paprika wings Tremble against the bottle green and blue dazzle of light And you. Holding a cup of tea Fingertips warm against the china Watching and waiting … Continue reading Writing in the time of covid-19

Writing in the time of covid-19

A View From the Window C. D. Rose I crack open the window, noting how dusty it’s got, stick my head out of the narrow gap and look up and down the street I live on. To the left, there’s a late 70s low-rise industrial unit, steel mesh over its few windows, a corrugated plastic roof. A plume of white smoke still rises from the … Continue reading Writing in the time of covid-19

Writing in the time of covid-19

My Daily Walk By Judith Wilson My daily walk’s not yet forbidden, With people out, all faces hidden, No, not masks from t-shirts made But looks on faces so afraid. Stand back apart, at least two metres Avoid the stumbling social tweeters, The joggers cough as they pass by Walkers stand quite still and sigh. As I walk back along the road To the refuge … Continue reading Writing in the time of covid-19

Historical Fiction Writing Competition

Welcome to the Altrincham Word Fest Historical Fiction Writing Competition! We are challenging pupils in Altrincham schools to produce a work of historical fiction of up to 1 000 words. We would like you to write a story that is based on an event, situation or person relevant to the history of Altrincham, Manchester or of your own hometown. We would like your story to … Continue reading Historical Fiction Writing Competition

The Song of Peterloo

‘The Song of Peterloo’ by Carolyn O’Brien is set in Manchester in 1819 where the cotton mills are making the owners rich whilst the millworkers are poorly paid and working in difficult even dangerous conditions. Many of the mill workers are drawn to radicals like Henry Hunt who are agitating for reform and plans are being made for a peaceful gathering of tens of thousands … Continue reading The Song of Peterloo

2020 Programme

May 3rd (Sunday) Independent publishers book fair    High street bookshops are full of books from a small number of large mainstream publishers, most based in London. However, the North West is home to a great variety of small independent publishers producing great work by little known and emerging authors. Our book fair will provide an opportunity for local people to discover fantastic work by the … Continue reading 2020 Programme