Creative Writing Examples

Some examples of work student work from the Creative Writing Courses run at WMC by Tutor Lucy Popescu.

 

 

THE SEEKER’S PRAYER

 

I came from very far away

A miracle I’m here today

I ran from blasts, and bombs, and hurt

And trod a thousand miles of dirt

Wire and wolves across my path

Flying from the aftermath

These days that you call Christmastime

A muslim boy, they are not mine

Yet in the belly of the beast

My fleeing soul still seeks your peace

At your border, in the mud

My seeker’s prayer I make to God

Or fallen from the toppling boat

Where children drowned, who could not float

Or clinging to the lorry door

So frantic for the farther shore

The brutal guards fire in the air

To turn the tide of dark despair

I cry out from your TV screen

But God above knows what I mean

I hope you know, I really do

That I’m a person, just like you.

 

Duncan Reddington 2016

 

Mother’s Little Helper

by Imogen Stead
At last they were out the door and on the landing, Tyler eagerly pressed the ‘call lift’ button. The lift was out of order. They began the sixteen flight descent picking their way through black dustbin sacks that had been chucked at the rubbish chute and missed and now spewed out oily takeaway cartons, much to the delight of a rat that sat dining on chicken bhuna. Down, down, down they went, passing the graffitied walls, amongst the illegible scribbles someone had daubed ‘life is shit’ in human excrement, the stench was overpowering. At last they reached the bottom of the stairwell where they stepped over unconscious bodies in sleeping bags taking care to avoid the discarded syringes. Finally they were out in the open.
“I’m gonna get my money today and then I’m gonna tidy up and tomorrow I’ll take you out
somewhere, we could go to the zoo and see the monkeys, you’d like that!” Tracey declared.
“ You promise Mummy, like really promise?” Tyler said timidly.
They arrived at the school, the bell had gone, the playground was empty, Mrs Clarkson, the headmistress was there, Tyler gripped his mum’s hand, Mrs Clarkson scolded them for being late, and remarked on the fact it was the middle of winter and Tyler was wearing plimsolls.
Tracey saw Tyler to his classroom and then headed for the Post Office where she collected her child support allowance. Tracey then went straight to Kwik Save where she bought six pints of UHT milk, forty tea bags, a value bag of oven chips, a pack of 16 beef burgers five tins of baked beans, two tins of marrowfat peas, a large box of cornflakes and a carton of four doughnuts with pink icing and multi-coloured sprinkles – a treat for Tyler. That little lot will see us through the week she thought.
On her way home she bumped into Weasel, he was his usual furtive self. He ran his nail bitten fingers through his black greasy hair and grinned at Tracey, displaying his black rotting teeth.
“Looking for me love?” he leered.
The shopping bags a give away she’d collected her dole.
“I’ve got some great gear!”
“No ta, I’m steering clear this week, I promised me boy I’d take ‘im somewhere nice!”
“ Aww Trace you’re such a good mum!”
Tracey detected a hint of sarcasm.
“I know, ‘ave this on me – a sample”
Weasel handed her a small, clear polythene bag with some brown crystals in it.
Tracey hesitated for a moment but then hastily shoved it in her pocket and walked on, anxiouslylooking around to check no one was watching.
Tracey got back to the flat and started clearing the cereal bowls with the dregs of milk and
cornflakes from the coffee table, she took them to the kitchen, it was dim so she flicked the lightswitch, a cockroach scurried under the fridge.
Tracey looked at the dirty crockery piled high in the sink ………….

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day

8 March 7pm

Waterstones Piccadilly

 

Lucy Popescu presents an eve of readings with acclaimed international authors Martina Evans, Wioletta Greg, Xiaolu Guo, Michèle Roberts and Meike Ziervogel

 

https://www.waterstones.com/events/celebrating-international-women-s-day/london-piccadilly

 


Martina Evans 
is an Irish poet, novelist and teacher. She grew up in County Cork in a country pub, shop and petrol station and is the youngest of ten children. She is the author of ten books of prose and poetry. She will be reading from her latest collection The Windows of Graceland, New & Selected Poems published by Carcanet in May 2016.

Wioletta Greg is a Polish writer and poet. In 2006, she left her country and moved to the UK. She has published six poetry volumes. Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance (Arc Publications, 2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. She will be reading from her novella Swallowing Mercury, which spans her childhood and growing up in Communist Poland.

Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She will be reading from her memoir Once Upon a Time in the East.

Michèle Roberts is the author of thirteen highly acclaimed novels. She has also published poetry, short stories and essays. Half-English and half-French, Michèle lives in London. She is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She will be reading from her latest novel The Walworth Beauty published by Bloomsbury in April 2017.  Exclusive early editions will be avail to buy on the night.

Meike Ziervogel grew up in Germany and came to Britain in 1986. Her debut novel Magda was chosen as the 2013 Book of the Year in the Irish Times, Observer and Guardian. Clara’s Daughter (2014) and Kauthar (2015), were published to widespread acclaim. She will be reading from her latest novel, The Photographer, to be published in May 2017. Exclusive early editions will be avail to buy on the night.

Tickets cost £5.00 (include a glass of wine) and are available online https://www.waterstones.com/events/celebrating-international-women-s-day/london-piccadillyand in store. Any questions or queries please contact: events.piccadilly@waterstones.com           Tel: 02078512400

 

Don’t forget readings from A Country of Refuge on Friday 24 February 7pm

and

Best First Novel Award: shortlisted writers in association with The Authors’ Club on Thursday 25 May 7pm

Feast Creative Poster Porject

The Visual Communications learners on the Foundation Diploma in art and design have been working on a live brief set by Simon Williams from Feast Creative. Feast Creative are a local design company working just round the corner from the college who work within the theatre industry producing posters and other marketing images. You may well recognize their work from “The Cursed Child” the recent Harry Potter production!

Simon visited the college and gave the learners a brief to produce a poster for one of two productions: Pygmalion or Macbeth, he then returned to do a critique with the group half way through and then again for the final presentations.

“Feast were delighted to be involved in a hands on project with the WMC Foundation Course students.

We were really pleased with the creative solutions that the students came up with for the theatre poster project. It was impressive to see the transition from their early sketches and ideas through to the final poster visuals and how they took on the constructive guidance we gave during the midway feedback sessions. Excellent work.”

Creative Writing Tutor Lucy Popescu goes to Westminster

https://lucypopescu.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/a-country-of-refuge-gift-to-mps/

 

A Christmas present to Members of Parliament hopes to change the tone of the debate on refugees and seeks a more compassionate response to a worldwide problem.

On Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 11.15 – 1pm at an event in the House of Commons, MPs will be given a copy of A Country of Refuge.  This book, edited by human rights activist and writer Lucy Popescu, includes newly commissioned fiction, memoir, poetry and essays by celebrated writers and is intended “to make a positive and vital contribution to the national debate and to foster a kinder attitude towards our fellow humans who are fleeing violence, persecution, poverty or intolerance”.

The event will be supported by Lord Dubs, himself a child refugee who fled the Nazis, many of the writers who have contributed to the book, concerned individuals and refugees. The writers attending include Nick Barlay, Sebastian Barry, Amanda Craig, Sue Gee, AL Kennedy, Marina Lewycka, Hubert Moore, Courttia Newland, Katharine Quarmby, Noo Saro Wiwa, Joan Smith and Roma Tearne.

Says Michaela Fyson “On Sunday 16 October I opened A Country of Refuge which I had just bought.The book immediately struck a chord with me and I felt I must act. Friends came up with the idea of sending a copy to every MP, regardless of party, to read over the Christmas recess. The idea took off and we raised the money to buy the books (with a generous discount from publisher Unbound).  We hope that this will influence MPs to address solutions both at home and internationally in a more positive and humane way

Throughout history people have been forced to flee their homes and we are proud of Britain’s record in providing support and refuge. We believe that our strength is reflected in the way we care for the weakest, amongst whom refugees are perhaps the most vulnerable. We are all demeaned if we fail to act.”michaela-wrapping

Photography Competition

FE Week & me student photography competition 2017 – ENTER NOW

 

FE Week has once again teamed up with NCFE to find stunning pictures that portray learning in the FE and skills sector, through the eyes of students.

In 2016,  after over 500 submissions, FE Week and competition sponsors NCFE, whittled down the photography students’ entries to the competition down to 10 finalists. You can view last year’s finalists by downloading our finalists PDF – click here

This year there are two categories of entry: photography student and non-photography student.

This year’s prizes will consist of:

Category – Photography student – Nikon D5500  and work shadowing placement with a professional photographer.

Category – Non-photography student – Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

The deadline for the annual FE Week and Me student photography competition, in partnership with NCFE  is Jan 6, 2017 at 17:00.

How to enter…

Brief: entrant’s photos need to portray learning in the FE and skills sector, through the eyes of students.. Photos can be taken on any type of digital photography kit. It is as simple as that!

To enter the competition students need to email their entry along with no more than a 100 word description of their photo and why they’ve chosen this shot to feweekandme@feweek.co.uk no later than January 6, 2017. Entries received later than this date will not be reviewed or considered for short listing.

Entrants need to provide the following information when submitting their photo:

Name

Category entering: photography student or non-photography student

Course studying

College or Learning provider

Email address

Mobile telephone number

Photo description (100 words max.)

Any entries with missing details will not be considered.

Shortlisted entries will be announced on January 20 2017.

Online voting will commence on January 20 2017. 

Voting will close at 17:00 on February 1 2017.

The winner will be announced on February 3 2017.

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last years winners:

http://feweek.co.uk/2016/02/22/fe-week-me-student-photography-competition/