A Poem Called Blancmange

A poem for National Poetry Day themed around truth. The poem is called Blancmange by Nikki Wordsmith which includes the poignant Brexit referencing line 'Words don’t like to be abused on a politician’s tongue'...
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Hunter S. Thompson’s Prescient 9/11 Column Still Holds True Today

When the self-invented gonzo and sports journalist's career was allegedly in a terminal nose dive he wrote this piece for his Hey Rube column in the couple of days after the planes hit the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, because as he says 'even ESPN were broadcasting war news'....
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Why Work With A Writer?

Dear You, you might well wonder what are the benefits of working with a writer? I often have thought that myself. Why would I employ me? But when you get into it and see the differences between words that serve as a function and words that are borne out of good writing,...
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A Rhyming Couplet

A Rhyming Couplet is two lines of the same length that rhyme and complete one thought. There is no limit to the length of the lines. Rhyming words are words that sound the same when spoken, they don't necessarily have to be spelled the same...
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An English Joke

English teachers are some of the coolest people around so I'm sure they'll appreciate this little joke - it's funny and it's educational....
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My Dictionary

Before the days of the Internet I used to carry this little pocket rocket around with me....
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Ever Wondered How George Clymer’s Columbian Letterpress Worked?

A Guest Post by Mike Haigh, Printroom Custodian at the Beck Isle Museum, in Pickering, Yorkshire, tells us how. The Columbian Letterpress Double Demi Revealed This hand printing press was invented by George Clymer, an engineer from Philadelphia, USA, in 1813. The design was the first all metal lever...
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How Nana Helped Me Become A Writer

Or How One Adoption Played A Crucial Role In Three Generations Of My Family Kathleen’s arm rests on an old printing press at the Beck Isle Museum in Pickering, Yorkshire. She possibly worked this exact machine – a Colombian Letterpress Double Demi – when she was a young woman...
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My Write As A Woman

  This piece can be viewed in the Manchester Central Library archives along with hundreds of other women’s stories brought together by The Pankhurst Centre. For more information about this project see the womenswordsmcr blog. Author’s note: This unedited stream-of-consciousness prose on life so far in Manchester was written under...
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