Boshing the Bully Within (Depression)

Boshing the Bully Within (Depression)

7.01.2015
The bully for many of you, who you either acknowledge or not, is within. He is the dominant, overriding voice who demands your attention...
Dealing With My Black Dawg (Depressive Sidekick)

Dealing With My Black Dawg (Depressive Sidekick)

31.12.2014
I have suffered from bouts of depression for several years. That sentence in itself is one of the best ways to deal with it. To acknowledge...
How I Didn't Piss on Myself and Became Britain's Favourite Sweetheart

How I Didn't Piss on Myself and Became Britain's Favourite Sweetheart

1.12.2014
So last night my girlfriend and I got stinkingly pissed. We came home and passed out on the bed. I woke up three hours later and went to...
Writing About Music

Writing About Music

30.11.2014
Why did we feel the need to set our words to music? Why not just write poetry? Music has existed for hundreds of years (with and without...
A Thank You Letter to My Mother

A Thank You Letter to My Mother

14.11.2014
Gradually as I began to get better, you would read aloud longer passages and poems to me as you had done when I was a child. You had always...

First World War Poetry

30.10.2014
What, exactly, are we meant to feel, if anything, during these centenary remembrance years, if the outstanding images, memories and relics...

Poetry, the Art Form That Tries To Think Before It Speaks

22.10.2014
In a recent interview with Andrew Marr, the writer and broadcaster Clive James said he'd "be lost without poetry" and in doing so spoke...
The Nation's Superhero: Brian Cox

The Nation's Superhero: Brian Cox

20.10.2014
Brian puts on his new "trust me I'm a Physics teacher" badge. And he is SuperCox once more! With superhero flair he deletes the email and...
How Great Teachers Keep the Past Alive

How Great Teachers Keep the Past Alive

16.10.2014
Wellington has a bit of a penchant for street art. I'm not complaining, I'm a sucker for a paper pigeon, and I actually think it is an...
Fingertip Stability: My Search for the Perfect Depression App

Fingertip Stability: My Search for the Perfect Depression App

9.10.2014
Four years ago I became an app maker. It began with a conversation between me and another mother round a kitchen table. What had happened...
The Real Truth About Antidepressants

The Real Truth About Antidepressants

6.10.2014
The past 17 years has taught me that it's not beyond our own powers to help ourselves. For anyone who is suffering mild anxiety, feels...
#NationalPoetryDay: Twitter's Funniest Reactions And Rhymes

#NationalPoetryDay: Twitter's Funniest Reactions And Rhymes

2.10.2014
If you think that being limited to 140 characters means you can't write a poem, be funny, or do both, then you don't know Twitter. Today...

The Definite Article Poetry Anthology - Part One

1.10.2014
To celebrate National Poetry Day on 2nd October, I have selected just a special few from the archive of The Definite Article to create...

Experimenting With Democracy: The Big Democracy Project

29.09.2014
Are we asking for radical change to the constitution of the UK? No - we're asking for a truer democracy, one where everyone gets and feels...