Creative Writing Quiet Spaces

October 24, 2017

 

Writer Nigel Wood is working with us on MMQS, leading creative writing sessions during our Tuesday Art Studio In TLC-St Lukes Art Project. Anyone is welcome to come along 6-7pm every Tuesday (please see our whats on page for dates) The writing group will be based on some of the themes that arise from the project - how noise affects our mental health

 

Here are some of the first poems from some of our participants

 


On Highfield Meadow

Adele Fowles

 

Feeling the wind on my face
and tasting the rain
Squelching through the slippery mud and calling my dog to come to me

Resting among the dense trees counting my breaths mindfully and being being being here now

Loving blossom leaves, berries, grasses and trees
Cherishing the changing moments, hours and months

Discovering spiders’ webs that seem lit up by magic

Lying down in the green green grass
With the dogs lead against my feet

 

In Orford Park

Carl Peploe

 

Sitting one evening in Orford Park

Watching the sun set in a big red ball

Then there came an army of quad bikes

With little Nigel Mansells riding them

They didn’t half make a noise With their engines
They made a dog yelp and run off

What an interruption

The sun had gone again So off I went home
To listen to Black Sabbath Or maybe Alice Cooper

 

Listen to the Birds

Muriel

 

Listen to the magpies

Listen to the starlings

Listen to the tits
while eating sandwiches

Eating cakes and sharing it with the birds

while eating the crumbs out of the wrapping papers from the bins
left in spots
for the other users
for their needs

 

Platt Fields

Margaret Kershaw

 

In Platt Fields you can get away from the traffic

In Platt Fields you can sit round the lake
In Platt Fields you can listen to the birds
In Platt Fields you can visit pet’s corner

In Platt Fields you can go to the funfair

In Platt Fields you can watch the bonfire

 

Piccadilly

Elton Darlo

 

In Piccadilly, Manchester there is a lot of activity

In Piccadilly Gardens there is homelessness

In Piccadilly Gardens there are political demos

In Piccadilly Gardens there are musicians

In Piccadilly Gardens there are playing areas

In Piccadilly Gardens there are water fountains

In Piccadilly Gardens
there are lots of wood pigeons

In Piccadilly Gardens
there are evangelical preachers

In Piccadilly Gardens
there are various eating and drinking venues

 

Highfield County Park

Bernadette O’Hanrahan

 

In Highfield County Park,

it’s fresh and pure air
In Highfield County Park you can walk for hours

In Highfield County Park
you can feed carrots to the horses In Highfield County Park
you can ride the horses

In Highfield County Park
you can visit the farm
In Highfield County Park
you see lots of nice people and lovely dogs

In Highfield County Park
you see lots of birds and listen
to them singing – magpies, sparrows, robins

In Highfield County Park
entering from Highfield Road
you pass the wonderful allotments

 

Prestwich Clough

Carl Peploe

 

In the spring it is fresh and green

In the summer shady and cool
In autumn full of wondrous colours

In the winter it is dead and cold

You can walk there and feel at peace

And hear the birds chirp
And see the squirrels eat their nuts

And the doggies having walks

I first visited it when I was 7 To escape the summer heat
I had a paddle in the brook – O what a joy that was!

I’ve visited it most years since

And it always brings me peace –

The sound of the babbling brook

And everything is love. 

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