Arts Articles

In Meeting

13 May 2021 | by Kathleen Bell

Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash |

We sat together in the white-walled room where no one spoke. God didn’t happen. I shuffled, stared at the carpet, wanted a crack in the silence, words, something to change. The shopping list in my mind said soap, potatoes, jam, then went askew adding things that weren’t for...

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The minute was good enough

06 May 2021 | by Dana Littlepage Smith

Photo: A set of shackles used in the Middle Passage slave route from Africa to the Americas |

Yet what of that time can be explained? Are we engaged or are we looking away? Can we expunge her eyes as she looked back from the boat shipping her to Barbados without husband, friend or child? Sweet Parthenia did you have faith in us, the unborn, friends to go...

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Remarks on colour

29 April 2021 | by Jonathan Wooding | 1 comment

'Nobody knows the colours I’ve seen.' |

for Graham Shaw, author of ‘God in our Hands’ See! Our bio pod, the Earth, compendium of hot colour, all tricked out in oriflamme, in indigo, in ruby, its spinach-green grasses, jasper soils, its verdigris, their slow-burn insouciance, their flair.

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‘I learned: Trespass’

22 April 2021 | by Dana Littlepage Smith

'I learned a silent green weaves its way through the rising and the falling of all things.' | by Mandy Naleli on Unsplash

I learned there was not always this crack guttering through the meadowlands of days, through our restless minds and bodies. I learned the welfare state once meant the right to forage hazelnuts in leaf litter, chanterelle and roots…

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Changes and chances / this fleeting world

01 April 2021 | by Barbara Davey

'Later, there’ll be crumbs and chat and bacon rind. Such are my companions now.' |

I Post-equinox, the light inside is different now. A frieze of hornbeam hedge in silhouette illuminates the dining room’s dim wall and casement astragals ascend the stairs. I read that if light could curve it would not cast shadows, gifting us this black and white, alongside uncertainty and haze....

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Parliament of fowls

18 March 2021 | by Jonathan Wooding

'Inaudible as force, a blackbird descends' | by Alfred Kenneally on Unsplash

Inaudible as force, a blackbird descends – she’s charred sky-chaff, (I want to say) incombustible. Winter’s bonfire’s out for this blank bird,

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Covid Life

11 February 2021 | by Flo Jubb

'The world of worry. The bubble of belonging.' | Wesley McLachlan on Unsplash

The shed of shielding The igloo of isolation The desert of distance The street of space The sea of sorrow The lagoon of loneliness The world of worry The bubble of belonging The hill of hope The field of friendship

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The Scholar at Cuddesdon

04 February 2021 | by Jonathan Wooding | 1 comment

'God counting all my travails and troubles, storing them in some sort of jar...' |

I take God out of the dictionary and listen to G-d’s breathlessness. There are claims that God’s vocation is to tell of flittings.

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21 January 2021 | by Jenny Gateau

'In a fearful season, when hearts are fragile, we all need to grasp the frontiers of wonder’s possibility.' | Photo by Elias Maurer on Unsplash

What shall I send them today, I wonder, those faithful inheritors of George Fox standing silent and still on the top of Pendle Hill or up against the wall in Launceston Prison.

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31 December 2020 | by Dana Littlepage Smith

'Vectors of responsibility wiggle, billow, go plop in a puddle of resounding echoes.' | by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash.

We gauge things differently now as we walk down the street: eyeing up personal space. A man whose dreads unfurl, mouths his thanks for the room I make as he legs it past me.

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