Category: literature

Poet’s Corner – The Black Dog

Last night, I was reading Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive (review & giveaway coming soon), and he describes depression in the way Churchill did – as a black dog. Just as a I began to drift to sleep, my brain latched on to that metaphor, and my latest poem was born. Luckily, I wrote this one down… I will never stop being surprised by the power of words.

Me, Myself and Mental Health

Mental illness does not care who you are. It does not care whether you are a naturally bubbly person, or a pessimist. It doesn’t care if you are a loner, or surround yourself by friends at every given moment. It doesn’t care if you are in love. It doesn’t care if you are a high flyer. Mental illness is a predator, searching for your weak spots and exploiting them.

London Calling: Unblocking Writer’s Block

To anyone suffering from writer’s block, I could not recommend a solo trip more. Over 41,000 steps later, I am over the moon with how I feel after my adventure. London is a great location, because there is so much to see and do, but anywhere that will get your creative juices flowing is worth a visit. Wherever your muse lives, seek it out, because you won’t regret it. I’ll certainly be doing it again!

A Portrait of the Teacher as a Young NQT

Today marks the date that I have finally signed off my NQT documents and begin my career as a fully fledged teacher; now, all that stands between me and summer are 3 measly school days… That’s do-able… Right? At the end of my PGCE, as part of our end of year review, a group of friends and I created a…

Dear Someone – 13/7/15

Day 3 – A letter to society Dear Britain, I can’t help but feel a great sense of despair hanging over much of the country. There is great jubilation from some, still celebrating the Conservative whitewash of May’s general election. This is ever more present with the recent announcement of the budget. However, the Conservative result has left many people…

Kindness

Twas 2 weeks before summer, and all through the schools, every teacher was sighing at children breaking the rules. As the end of term approaches, every teacher in the town is eagerly awaiting the commencement of the long summer holiday. With that, I’m afraid to say, comes exhaustion, boredom and a short temper. My end of term resolution is to enjoy…

Experiences

It’s the oldest piece of advice in the book. Write what you know. Your reader feels the passion and emotion you feel, when you write what you know. I was reminded by a friend today, of one of the most powerful pieces of writing (and performances for that matter) that I have ever seen. I remember being blown away by…

Haiku

I love a haiku. Simple, but elegant. Traditionally, the haiku should centre around the theme of nature, however I love using the haiku form to tell the love story that dwells in my brain. It is like fitting a lifetime of hidden glances, heartbeats and sweaty palms into 3 lines. Twisting in cold air; Breath mingles in the nighttime And then stops.…