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

That’s What She Said

  That’s What She Said is a monthly open mic event that showcases the best new writing and performance by women and non-binary writers. It features well known headliner acts and offers a supportive environment for emerging authors to perform a mixture of performance, poetry and storytelling. That’s What She Said usually takes place in the centre of Manchester but we are delighted to say … Continue reading That’s What She Said

Programme 2019

This year Altrincham Word Fest is bigger and better than ever!  With events and workshops on poetry, blogging, creative writing, comedy, crime fiction, Alan Turing ‘s Manchester and advice on publishing your own work we have something for everyone. Whether you want to learn, perform or just listen –  you will find something to inspire you! All tickets on Eventbrite.    Saturday 11th May Flash … Continue reading Programme 2019

Martin Zarrop and ‘No Theory of Everything’

We met Martin at our Open Mic Evening during the first Altrincham Word Fest in May 2018. He read several poems and we were really impressed with his work. Martin is a retired university lecturer and describes himself as ‘a mathematician who wanted certainty but found life more interesting and fulfilling by not getting it.’! Martin does remember writing a couple of poems whilst at … Continue reading Martin Zarrop and ‘No Theory of Everything’

Getting inside Tom Jenks’s head…

If you google Tom Jenks make sure that you don’t get confused by the American writer or the former Grand National Jockey. Our Tom Jenks is a prolific writer of experimental poetry and prose. He’s been a regular on the Manchester spoken word scene for many years. His highly original work is hard to describe in words. Have a look at him on You Tube … Continue reading Getting inside Tom Jenks’s head…

England -Poems From A School Edited By Kate Clanchy (Picador) ​

​  Reveiw by Seamus Kelly What do I, as a poet, look for when reading or listening to poetry? When I read poetry, I want to be shown new perspectives, to gain new insights, to be made to pause for thought and I hope to find pleasure in the reading. After reading just six random poems from this collection I knew that it would deliver … Continue reading England -Poems From A School Edited By Kate Clanchy (Picador) ​

Many Renditions of Sadness James D. Fent

Review by Patrick Green Intimate, raw and straight talking poetry, covering a broad range of personal experiences with poetic finesse and honesty. A mysterious Manchester based poet not to be missed, James D. Fent has more than poetry to offer in relation to creativity. His last collection of poetry ‘Many Renditions of Sadness’ is an ambitious collection of forty poems that claims to cover topics … Continue reading Many Renditions of Sadness James D. Fent