Love is... Worse Than a Paper Cut

Love is... Worse Than a Paper Cut

Helen Keeler  11.02.2016
So, Valentine's Day, you pink, fluffy and, ironically, heartless bastard. Hated by couples who rue its commercialisation. Hated by couples...
How Writing Can Heal

How Writing Can Heal

Cecilia Knapp  4.02.2016
I really believe in the power of creativity to help. For me, it's writing. But equally all forms of creative expression are vital, whether...
Even True Scots Might Struggle With This Cracking Burns Night Quiz

Even True Scots Might Struggle With This Cracking Burns Night Quiz

Sarah Ann Harris  25.01.2016
Burns Night is now upon us, but what exactly is Scotland's big day all about? The celebration commemorates the birth of iconic Scottish...
Woman Writes Powerful Poem To Her Mum Explaining What Depression Feels Like

Woman Writes Powerful Poem To Her Mum Explaining What Depression Feels Like

Natasha Hinde  9.12.2015
Sabina Benaim suffers from depression. But it's something her mum just doesn't understand. To try and vocalise her thoughts and feelings...
Vive le technicolor: What Daesh Call the 'Greyzone' Is the World at Its Best

Vive le technicolor: What Daesh Call the 'Greyzone' Is the World at Its Best

Farah Maria-Rahman  25.11.2015
Surely there is nothing left to say. Or maybe there is but by someone else. In the words of Philip Levine '[t]here is more to be said,/...
Corbyn Marks Poppy Day With Poem On 'Futility' Of War

Corbyn Marks Poppy Day With Poem On 'Futility' Of War

Paul Waugh  8.11.2015
Jeremy Corbyn has marked Remembrance Sunday by reading from Wilfred Owen's poem 'Futility'. After fulfilling his formal role as Leader...
Why We Want To Raise Lifelong Learners

Why We Want To Raise Lifelong Learners

Jacqueline Koay  19.10.2015
A few weeks ago, whilst choosing books on Amazon to take along on my honeymoon, I bought Professor Mary Beard's A History of Ancient Rome....

Poetry And Mental Health - The Great Escape

Rhiannon Dance  19.10.2015
It was sixth form when I first developed a passion (rather obsession) for poetry. I had always dabbled in my own poems, winning title of...
Culture for Change

Culture for Change

Nancy Campbell  8.10.2015
'Climate is culture.' So say ArtCOP21, a global festival of cultural activity on climate change which runs from September to December...

#SavetheBlueChair: Glasgow's Community Cafe

Louise Wilson  5.10.2015
On a busy street in the middle of Glasgow, an often overlooked cafe awaits your company. The Blue Chair community cafe encompasses everything...
Zygote Poems - A Journey of New Fatherhood

Zygote Poems - A Journey of New Fatherhood

Richard Thomas  5.09.2015
Zygote Poems is in-scripted to my daughter Emmeline, and one day, if she chooses to, she can read it. If and when she does, I will be there...
Give Me A Sign

Give Me A Sign

Ariane Sherine  9.08.2015
Eventually, determined to solve the mystery, I pushed a card through the man's door, explaining that I loved his signs. I asked if I could...
Someone Wrote A Poem About Ugne From GBBO And It Is Truly Superb

Someone Wrote A Poem About Ugne From GBBO And It Is Truly Superb

Sophie Brown  6.08.2015
The nation collectively rejoiced when The Great British Bake Off returned to our TV screens on Wednesday night. Bookies are already taking...
Craig Raine and the Toxicity of Conformity

Craig Raine and the Toxicity of Conformity

Django Wylie  4.06.2015
Yesterday poet Craig Laine received a thorough virtual beating on Twitter, as legions of the self-righteous flocked to demonstrate their...