They say we are all a product of our childhood. Well, if my childhood was anything to go by then I should have turned out a total wreck, and in some ways, I did start heading in that direction. Being the overweight kid, with NHS glasses and homemade clothes, I was the butt of everyone’s … Continue reading A Foxy Dance
Throughout March we asked you, our amazing Autumn Voices community to submit flash entries on the topic of d/Deafness. We received a number of lovely pieces and made the tough decision of picking a winning entry. We’re thrilled to announce the winner is Wendy Webb. Wendy wins a copy each of Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Sentence courtesy of … Continue reading Hearing Loss Awareness – Winning Entry
Neurodivergence – or neurodiversity – are words that get bandied about a lot right now, and not everyone knows what they mean. Adopted first by those on the Autism spectrum, the terms have now expanded to describe almost anyone whose thought processes don’t conform to what’s considered the standard (or ‘neurotypical’) model. That means everything … Continue reading Uncommon senses
Autumn Voices, in partnership with Gatehouse of Fleet’s The Bakehouse Community Arts, is delighted to report on the second day of poetry and publishing workshops offered as part of our ‘Watering Grassroots’ live event series, funded by DG Unlimited. 10:30 – 12:00 – Start Writing Poetry with John Burns The sun was shining in Gatehouse … Continue reading Gatehouse of Fleet Workshops – March 26th 2022
As I see the first daffodils bravely open – shades of yellow brightness defying the relentless grey of winter – I am reminded of the deep sense of privilege I feel working as a health care assistant with Marie Curie. Throughout these last few weeks however, many of us have been feeling distraught and helpless … Continue reading The Great Daffodil Appeal
Deafness* *An inability to hear properly OR unwillingness to hear or pay attention. I would dearly love to be classed as the latter but regrettably my hearing is very limited and continues to deteriorate. There are numerous reasons why someone has difficulty with hearing and the severity ranges from mild dysfunction to total deafness. With … Continue reading Deafness*
Throughout February we asked you to send in flash submissions on the topic of “Love Languages”. We’re delighted to share the winning entry of David Thompson, Frome in Somerset, with you. It’s also his 89th birthday today so happy birthday David! He also published a poetry collection recently – Days of Dark and Light – with Hobnob Press. Language … Continue reading Love Languages – Winning Entry
Autumn Voices is delighted to share Jo Clifford’s words on International Women’s Day. Jo Clifford is a proud father and grandmother, playwright and performer, based in Edinburgh. She is the author of over 100 plays, many of which have been performed all over the world. Plays include: Every One, The Tree Of Knowledge, Faust Parts One … Continue reading Jo Clifford on International Women’s Day
The Background A few years ago, we invited a Buddha to run a Mindfulness Workshop with our group, Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Tinnitus Support Group and he suggested writing a letter to our tinnitus. This, for me, was many years after my own tinnitus had started. When my tinnitus appeared, my life was happy and … Continue reading Creativity and Tinnitus
‘In my bairn days, I hed the speech o a bairn, the mind o a bairn, the thochts o a bairn, but nou at I am grown manmuckle, I am throu wi aathing bairnlie.’ (1 Corinthians 13:11 – New Testament in Scots, William Laughton Lorimer, 1983) As a bairn, my first leid was Scots. Till I was … Continue reading The Oor-Wulliefication o Scots?
Born in my grandparents’ house in Cardigan in West Wales, I was surrounded by my mother’s family speaking Welsh to each other, with the casual familiarity of the monoglot. Then Dad came home from the war and our little nuclear family moved to their own house and the dominant language changed to English. Dad was … Continue reading I’m glad I’m Welsh!
Throughout January we asked you to send in flash submissions on the topic of New Hobbies. We’re delighted to share the winning entry of Finola Scott, aged 71, with you. Finola Scott’s poetry and short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals including Gutter, New Writing Scotland, The Fenland Reed, Lighthouse, RAUM and The Ofi Press. Her work has … Continue reading New Hobbies – Winning Entry
Shetlandic / Shetlan/ Shetland dialect That subtitle could bog us down in the dreaded question: ‘Is it a language or a dialect?’ And ‘what should it be called?’ Let’s not go there. Shetlanders just say ‘we’re spaekin Shetlan’. Leaving the politics of language aside, Shetlan or Shetlandic is somewhat distinctive, a ‘relic’ as the linguist … Continue reading What’s not to love about mother tongue?
I avoided learning Gaelic earlier because it seemed too much of a cliche for such a fervent Scot as I, especially when all my people were Lowlanders. I finally succumbed to it when we lived in Glasgow from 1992 until 1996. I had known it was nothing like English and was one of the Celtic … Continue reading Suas leis a’Ghàidhlig
I have always enjoyed writing. At school I remember having bits and pieces published in the school magazine and winning the senior poetry writing competition. In later years I dabbled in short story writing and then occasional pieces of journalism. Editors like people who can supply photographs and words – it saves them having to … Continue reading The Poetry of Entanglement