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Border Lines · 1M ago

I’m aware of bowel cancer. Obvs. But I don’t fit the profile, do I?

It’s bowel cancer awareness month. The thing about awareness is that it doesn’t necessarily equate to action. And it’s action as well as awareness that Bowel Cancer UK are focusing on this m...
Border Lines · 2M ago

Scanning for stress: the villanelle

I’ve always enjoyed writing poetry. A good poem captures the essence of a moment or idea and satisfies the reader and writer in a way that is quenching. However, studying poetry during the c...
Border Lines · 2M ago

Hippotherapy – horses bring movement and smiles to children with disabilities

Originally posted on Border Lines: Angela Torsch is a petite dynamo of a woman. Words tumble from her with amazing rapidity and fierce focus as she explains the methods, benefits and joys of...
Border Lines · 3M ago

World Cancer Day – Feb 4th 2017

Here’s a scary selfie to encourage you to support World Cancer Day on February 4th. Bowel Cancer UK is one of the ten charities aiming to get people talking about particular cancers, spottin...
Border Lines · 4M ago

Today is the time and place for miracles

We invest so much into beginnings. We wish for better. Or for different. Or for change. And New Year is the classic time when we decide this is the moment that it’s all going to happen. It’s...
Border Lines · 6M ago

Death is dry

I wrote this poem following the recent death of my mum. It somehow seems appropriate to share it today when people are remembering those who have died in conflict. My mum remembered World Wa...
Border Lines · 8M ago

Poetry and tea and cake! A perfect day.

Do rhyming couplets thrill you? Does blank verse sooth your soul? Does Haiku make you happy? And iambic pentameter lift your senses? Check out the Berwick Literary Festival’s Poetry Café whi...
Border Lines · 8M ago

Literary Festival with a heart (2)

Engaging children and young people in the written and illustrated word has to be a key goal of any literary festival – after all, young people are the festival attendees of the future. Of co...
Border Lines · 8M ago

I feel like giving two fingers to the big cancer charities that blithely ask us to ‘wage war’ on cancer

This is a version of an article by me published on Voice of the North (VotN) recently. I’m posting it here in the interests of completion in terms of my thoughts on having cancer. Thanks to ...
Border Lines · 8M ago

‘The Confessions of Stella Moon’ by Shelley Day: review by Vic Watson

Here’s a good taste of one of our Festival authors’ work – Shelley Day’s ‘Stella Moon’ – from Vic Watson (aka Elementary Watson). Vic’s a Newcastle-based writer, blogger, creative writing tu...