Friday, 8 June 2018

National Flash Fiction Day 2018 - 16th June


National Flash Fiction Day is nearly upon us. If you haven't managed to get into this year's National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, there is still an opportunity to submit your work to online to the Flash Flood Journal.

The word limit is 500 words. Any subject, any genre, any style, any perspective, anything as long as it's flash.

Submissions are open from 0.01 on Thursday 7th June 2018 and close at 23.59 on Wednesday 13th June 2018.

The stories will be posted regularly throughout the day on National Flash-Fiction Day, Saturday 16th June 2018.

Please paste your story into the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to flashfloodjournal@gmail.com. (A maximum of 3 pieces per author. Previously published stories are okay, but please include a citation to the original version.)

This year's editors are:

Shirley Golden
Susan Howe
Ingrid Jendrzejewski
Caroline Kelly
Calum Kerr
Cassandra Parkin
Susi Holliday

Because of the large number of submissions received, feedback is not possible if your story is not chosen.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The Moth Art Prize 2018

ABOUT THE PRIZE

The Moth Art Prize is for a body of figurative or representational artwork (images of which can be sent electronically). The Prize is open to anyone from anywhere in the world.
 
The prize consists of €1,000 plus a two-week stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland.

The Moth Retreat has been described by the Irish Times as ‘rustic but cosy, and full of eclectic touches, witty and warm.’ You can read more about The Moth Retreat here
 
The winner of the inaugural Moth Art Prize was the British artist David Piddock. His work is widely collected and in public collections including the Museum of London. Some of his winning artwork appeared on the autumn 2016 issue of The Moth. You can read about him in this article in the Irish Times‘Driven from Abstraction’
 
‘A lot of credit should go to The Moth, always wonderfully idiosyncratic and beautifully designed, for launching the prize and responding to figurative painting, largely ignored by the contemporary art scene. We have nothing like it in the UK.’
David Piddock 

Bradley Wood, a Canadian figurative painter living in New York, won The Moth Art Prize in 2017. He has had solo exhibitions at Pulse Art Fairs in New York and Miami, Angell Gallery in Toronto, VOLTA, New York and Art Central Hong Kong. The television network NBC recently purchased a number of his paintings, which now adorn the set of ‘Will and Grace’.

You can read about him in this article 'Eccentric portraits set in lucious New York interiors win Moth Art Prize' in the Irish Times
 
‘I am so grateful to the folks at The Moth for awarding me this prize. It will be an amazing and much-needed time to regroup, reflect on my work and tinker with some new ideas. It’ll be really interesting to absorb the area and see how it affects my work there.’ Bradley Wood



HOW TO ENTER
To enter, please submit a portfolio of images of 5–10 2D artworks – to include figurative or representational paintings, drawings (including mixed media) and original prints – to mothartprize@themothmagazine.com.

The following details should be included: your name, telephone number, number of images included and method of payment.

You can also submit your entry (along with an entry form) by post to:

The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland

Images cannot be returned. Please read the rules before you submit your work.

Entry fee is €20 per portfolio.

Payment should be made via PayPal to mothartprize@themothmagazine.com. Or you can send a cheque (euro/sterling/dollars) or bank draft to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd’ to the address above

The Prize will be judged anonymously by the publishers of The Moth.
Closing date 31 May 2018
A FEW THINGS TO NOTE
There is no onus on the artist to produce a body of work while staying at The Moth. We want it to be a place to rejuvenate and be inspired.

The winner chooses when they would like to stay at The Moth (depending on availability).

The winner will be entitled to the prize money whether they choose to take up the residency or not. 
   
mothartprize@themothmagazine.com
00 353 872657251

Monday, 30 April 2018

Bray Literary Festival - Accepting Applications May 1st - 31st


I was lucky enough to read at the inaugural Bray Lit Fest last year - see link. It's a wonderful festival run by warm, generous people and great way to get out and meet other writers in a relaxed convivial setting. I urge anyone who is serious about their writing to send in an application.

From the organisers' FB page:

Hello All! We will once again be holding an open applications period for those who wish to take part in Bray Literary Festival. You may email a short bio/presspack to: braylitfest@gmail.com from May 1st-31st. Also tell us about any themes running through your work.

Please note that submissions sent outside this period, or to this page will not be considered.

Apart from two headlining events, we will continue to favour those who have not done a plethora of readings throughout the year. Our aim is to give publicity to writers, who despite the excellence of their work, fail to receive the recognition or exposure they deserve from media and other outlets.

We may ask you to send a sample of your work, but it is not necessary to send this unless requested.

We look forward to this year's applications, and to bringing you a weekend festival filled with an eclectic mix of new and established talent.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Two Short Story Prize Opportunities from RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland


The RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition

Rules: All entries for the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2018 should be original, unpublished and previously not broadcast short stories in English, of 2,000 words or less. Paper manuscripts must be typed and cannot be returned. Entrant’s name and contact details (address, phone and/or email) should be on a separate page. There is no fee for entering the competition but only one entry is allowed per person. The deadline for this year’s competition is 6pm, Friday, June 15, 2018.

Send your entries to: RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2018, PO Box 1480, RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 or you can email to rteguidepenguin2018@gmail.com making sure to label your mail RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2018.

RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition (in honour of Francis MacManus)

The 2018 RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus is now accepting entries.We are seeking submissions of original, unpublished short stories, written for radio, of 1800 to 2000 words.

The writer of the first prizewinning story will receive 3000 euros, the second prizewinner 2000 euros and the third prizewinner 1000 euros.

Winners and shortlist will be announced by the end of September 2018. The top three stories and seven shortlisted stories will be broadcast on a two week season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn. They will also be podcast.

The top three prizewinning stories will also be published in thejournal.ie. 

Judges Cormac Kinsella, Sinéad Crowley and Danielle McLaughlin will select a shortlist of 10 stories, from which they will choose the top three prizewinners. The full shortlist of 10 stories will then be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 over two weeks in the autumn, read by some of Ireland’s leading actors.

The shortlist will be announced by the end of September 2018. 

Find out more about the competition and its history.

How to enter

Please consult the Guidelines for all the competition rules, regulations, and where to send your story. 

Submissions will be accepted by post only. You may email fmacmanusstories@rte.ie or phone 01-2083277, providing your name, phone number, and postal address, to request an entry form to be posted to you.


The closing date is Friday 8 June.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Shake up at The Incubator

the incubator
No, that's not the title of my next maternity hospital-based flash fiction....

The Incubator Journal is really changing the way they do things. Beginning in July 2018 they are renaming to The Incubator Selects and will showcase one work of short fiction per month. Submissions are open 1st April - 30th June and 1st October - 31st December. They are also widening the submission net to a global audience and are not Irish-focused any more. We wish them the best of luck with this venture and hope the submissions roll in.

Further information can be found here

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Moth International Short Story Prize 2018





Closing date for receipt of entries is 30 June 2018.
The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the story.
It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth.
Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet.
No name or address should appear on the same page as the story.
Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy.
No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.

Eligibility
The Prize is open to anyone (over 18).
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, selfpublished,
published online or broadcast.
You can enter as as many stories as you like.
There is a word limit of 5,000.

Fees
Payment can be made by cheque (euro/sterling/dollar), by credit/debit card via PayPal (to enquiries@themothmagazine.com) or by postal order (Ireland only)
Entry fee is €12 per story
Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender's name and address on
the back.
Postal entries can also be paid in cash (either in US dollars, Sterling or Euros at the current exchange rate).

Receipt of entry
Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked 'ACKNOWLEDGEMENT' if you require acknowledgement
of receipt of your postal entry (include international reply coupon if entering from overseas).
Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.

Copyright
Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but The Moth will have the unrestricted right to
publish the winning stories in the autumn 2018 issue and any relevant promotional material.

Judging
The judge is Kevin Barry. His decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

Prizes
A 1st prize of €3,000, a 2nd prize of a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel) and a 3rd prize of €1,000.

Prizewinners
Prizewinner will be notified in writing by the end of July 2018.
The winning stories will be published in the autumn 2018 issue of The Moth.

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in
disqualification

Print ENTRY FORM, fill in and then post with fee and entry to:

The Moth Short Story Prize
The Moth
Ardan Grange
Milltown
Belturbet
Co. Cavan
Ireland H14 K768

or

ENTER ONLINE
Good luck!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Words by Water Short Story and Poetry Competitions 2108 - accepting submissions

Short Story Competition 2018

Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Short Story Award. Writers are invited to submit a short story of up to 2000 words, for consideration by judge Alannah Hopkin.

Theme: Open
Prize: 1st Prize is €400 plus publication in the Evening Echo.

How to Enter:
Email your entry to :  wordsbywater@gmail.com
Payment of €14 per entry

Poetry Competition 2018

​Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Poetry Awards. Poets are invited to submit poems up to a maximum of 30 lines. 
There are two competitions, one in English and one in Irish.

Theme: Open
​Prize:1st Prize is €200 plus publication in the Evening Echo,

How to Enter:
Email your entry to :  wordsbywater@gmail.com
Payment of €8 per entry

Further information on payment and T&Cs can be found here

Monday, 12 February 2018

Winning Poem of the Book of Kells Creative Competition - Visitator Noctem




I was delighted to receive first prize in the Adult Writing Category of the inaugural Trinity Book of Kells Creative Competition with my poem, Visitator Noctem. The competition is open to artists and writers in primary school, secondary school and adult categories with awards for first, second and merit given.

Award Certificate
The awards ceremony was held in the grand surroundings of Trinity College Dublin's Regent's House and PJ Lynch, Ireland's current Laureate na n'Óg (Children's Literature Laureate) was in attendance. PJ is a renowned illustrator and artist and lent his eyes to the judging panel for the art pieces from all categories. Check out PJ's work here.

LtoR: Breffni Jones (Commercial Marketing Manager, TCD, Adam Trodd,  Darryl Jones (Dean of the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences)

The various categories of art and writing attracted submissions from entrants who ranged in age from three to eighty three and both genders were very well represented, testament to the popularity of the contest. It's not surprising that the call for 2018 entries is already up.

LtoR: Adam Trodd, PJ Lynch (Laureate Na n'Óg)

Full list of winners:

Adult Writing Category
1st Prize - Adam Trodd
2nd Prize - Emma Ennis
Merit- Colm O'Shea

Adult Art Category
1st Prize - Claire Horgan
2nd Prize - Niamh Ní Iceadha
Merit- Ann McBride
Merit - Holly Early
Merit - Noel McCloskey


Secondary School Writing Category
1st Prize - Saoirse Chu
2nd Prize - Freyja Hellebust
Merit- Grace Keane
Merit -Jake Hannaffy
Merit - Katie Farrell

Secondary School Art Category

1st Prize - Cara Pilbeam
2nd Prize - Anya Clarke-Carr
Merit - Allanah Quayle
Merit- Lara O'Sullivan

Primary School Writing Category

1st Prize -Niamh Ryan
2nd Prize - Saoirse Edmund
Merit- Abby Byrne
Merit -Mabel Jennings
Merit - Martha Bray
Merit - Nettie Parish
Merit - Shauna Murphy

Primary School Art Category
1st Prize -Tommy Pearl
2nd Prize - Alice Walsh
Merit- Noah Farrell
Merit -Shijin Li
Merit - Senha Signh




Friday, 5 January 2018

Poetry Jukebox - Open for Submissions in 2018


Call for Submissions

Curation 2. ‘What else…’
Poetry Jukebox – a Quotidian –Word on the Street Ltd Project

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from National Lottery Funds
  
This second edition of curated content on Ireland’s first Poetry Jukebox will mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement –an historic peace agreement.  Public discourse matters, and putting something new into public discourse really matters.

The legacy of violence and peace has far-reaching impacts, we welcome poems from anywhere in the world for this curation.

Images: Simon Hutchinson courtesy of Belfast International Arts Festival 2017

In a letter from Tolstoy to Ghandi, he wrote, “Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering.” This curation of Poetry JukeBox is about the ‘What else…’. Your poems can take us anywhere – to joy, to solitude, to happiness, to grief, to unfinished business, the legacy, stuck-ness, progress, loss, gain…….. anywhere.


Submission criteria – Please read carefully!

-          Each poet can send a maximum of one poem.
-          Please submit good quality sounds files in MP3 or WAV format. (Smart phone voice files or good quality dictaphones such as Zoom H1 are ideal recording devices.) See the guidance notes (below) about how to make a good enough recording.
-          Please note submissions in other formats such as You Tube Videos/ Vimeo etc will be instantly disregarded.
-          Prior to publication the poet must give Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd the audio and recording rights to use the poem on the Poetry Jukebox, on the internet, at launches etc.
-          The poet should also grant the print rights, for use on the internet or at launches for example.
-          A signed permission form will be required 4 weeks prior to publication on the Poetry Jukebox. Selected poets will be required to provide this promptly on notification of their selection otherwise we cannot include your poem.

To submit, please:

-          Follow the recording guidance (see below).
-          Use the following in the subject line of your email:
‘What else…’ Submission – YOUR Name
-          Include your contact details and address in your email.
-          Submit to poetryjukebox@gmail.com
-          The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on 31st January 2018.
-          Successful poets will be notified of the outcome by 28th February 2018.
-          The launch of ‘What else…’ will be in April 2018 TBC

Publication Rights

-          Poems previously published elsewhere are accepted, provided the author can assign the rights for the purposes of Poetry Jukebox to Quotidian - Word on the Street Ltd.
-          Quotidian - Word on the Street Ltd will not be held liable if a poem assigning the rights of use by the poet, later emerges to have infringed on other publishers' rights.
-          Where poems are submitted in a language other than English, please also include a translation of the poem recorded in English – back to back in the same voice file.
-          Please include a short 50 word biog as an attachment with your email.
-          This is a tiny not-for-profit organisation – we do not have the resources to give individual feedback, nor enter into correspondence.
-          Quotidian -Word on the Street Ltd reserves the right to make decisions which support the project and the spirit of the project.

Payment: It is aspired to pay a small stipend for each poem accepted, but at the moment this is dependent on funding and cannot be guaranteed.

Some guidance for making a good recording:

  • Please be aware the jukebox is in a public space and children may be listening so profanity will rule out a poem’s use.
  • Each poem should be no longer than 2 minutes max when read aloud, but 1 minute to minute 30 seconds works best in this format.
  • Find a quiet space to do your recording. Listen for, and become aware of any background noise, such as traffic, clicks, pets, children etc, and do something to minimise the background noises –  such as closing doors, closing the curtains, go to a different room etc
  • Use a Smart phone such as an iPhone, Experia or similar
  • Go to the Voice Memo app
  • It is helpful to place your phone on top of a pile of books, 8-12 inches from your mouth. Putting it on top of a pile of books will keep the phone steady
  • Read in a natural voice, but pay attention to your diction.
  • Read the TITLE (wait 2 beats), read the POEM – there’s no need to give your name – it will be on the jukebox if your poem is selected.

About Poetry Jukebox & Quotidian –Word on the Street Limited

  • Poetry Jukebox, is a Quotidian –Word on the Street Ltd Project. Quotidian is a not-for-profit literary arts production company limited by guarantee, the remit of which is to enhance civic spaces by animating them in innovative ways, with literature. The Poetry Jukebox is an on-street sound installation that provides an innovative new platform for poetry. It is located in the grounds of The Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. The project is led by Artistic Director and poet Maria McManus. This curation will be jointly curated with guest poet and curator Deirdre Cartmill.

  • Poetry Jukebox, which is the first of its kind in Ireland and it was launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017. Poetry Jukebox was brought to Belfast by collaboration between Quotidian – Word on the Street Limited and Piana na uLici, Czech Republic. There is a maximum of twenty recordings per curation. Curated content is selected by a combination of open call and invitation.




Thursday, 21 December 2017

Interview with Jude Higgins


What led you to flash fiction?

My route to Flash Fiction began in the 1980s when I read Sudden Fiction, the collection edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas. A story by Mark Strand called ‘Dog Life’ appealed to me as did ‘Mother’ the wonderful Story by Grace Paley, which is the first story in that anthology. Then in 2005 the Observer weekend supplement published very short stories each week by Dave Eggers which I found intriguing. After reading those, I wrote a piece for the Fish Flash Fiction Prize which began around that time, but Flash Fiction was all a bit mysterious to me then. I wrote much more after I arranged for Tania Hershman to come and lead a short workshop on Flash Fiction for Writing Events Bath in 2013. She really got me going. I didn’t look back.

The flashes in your new collection, The Chemist's House, paint an intimate coming of age portrait. Was that your intention for the collection or did it evolve organically?

It was an organic process. I wrote fictional stories based on memory fragments about the house where I grew up because I’d dreamed about it for years and years. Then when I saw the submission window for V Press, I had a look at the pieces I had written and they all fitted together quite well. It seemed to make sense to arrange them in a linear timeline.

The Bath Flash Fiction Award attracts international attention and the long and shortlists combined are producing great anthologies. When you founded it did you ever envisage flash fiction gaining such popularity?

I think when we founded the competition the interest in Flash Fiction was already growing fast and we caught the wave at Bath Flash Fiction. I enjoy thinking of more and more ways to support flash fiction writers. I like the way the form seems to appeal to all ages. And brings in writers from so many different cultures.

If you have one flash rule, what is it?

Probably don’t stick to any rules. Keep experimenting.

What is it about the form that particularly moves you?

It’s the way writers use language. The rhythm of sentences. How so much can be implied in so few words. I often feel a physical thrill when I read fictions where all these elements are in play. It’s like being in love over and over.

Who is your favourite flash fiction author and why?


I don’t really have a favourite writer. I read so much great flash from different worldwide writers. There are many stunning pieces In the Lobsters Run Free, Bath Flash Fiction Vol 2. I also love the strange and witty dis-junctions Meg Pokrass uses, the way Kathy Fish experiments and packs a punch. I find many stories by David Swann deeply moving. He is able to pinpoint certain things about British culture very exactly. Recently, I was awestruck by a flash fiction written by Christopher Allen for Jellyfish Review. I am amazed by the way Christopher builds the back story and how involved I became with the character during such a short read.

Do you experiment with longer forms, novels, short stories etc.?

I have been successful in several short story competitions in the past and was writing a novel during the MA in Creative writing I did at Bath Spa University. I didn’t finish it. Sometimes I wonder if I could turn it into a novella in flash, or even a novel in flash. It could probably work much better in a compressed form. The novella-in-Flash form does intrigue me which is why I set up that Award for Bath Flash Fiction. It’s fascinating to see how others work with it and create such a variety of structures.

What's next for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and Ad Hoc Fiction?


Bath Flash Fiction is funding the second flash fiction festival UK on 21-23 July in Bristol this year. We’ve already got some great presenters lined up and the new venue in Bristol is a wonderful place for the Flash Fiction community to meet up with their friends, write, read and listen to Flash. It was so much fun last year and we think it will be even better this year as there is more opportunity for socialising. We’ll also continue with the three times a year Awards and the Novella Award.

I’m very excited that Ad Hoc Fiction has just opened an online bookshop bookshop.adhocfiction.com and as well as publishing the Bath Flash and festival anthologies, will also be publishing flash fiction collections from individual writers. More about that last venture soon!

Biography
Jude Higgins is published in Flash Frontier, the New Flash Fiction Review, Great Jones Street, the Nottingham Review, The Blue Fifth Review, the Fish Prize Anthology and National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies among other places and she has won or been placed in several Flash Fiction competitions. Her debut pamphlet, The Chemist’s House was published by V.Press in 2017. She is the founder of the Bath Flash Fiction Award and is Director of Flash Fiction Festivals UK @judehwriter, judehiggins.com





Tuesday, 19 December 2017

BBC National Short Story Award 2018 - open for submissions

How to enter

The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University

  • Award of £15,000 for the winner
  • £600 for four (4) further shortlisted stories

Entry Dates

  • Submissions for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University will be accepted from 9am (GMT) Monday 11 December 2017.
  • The deadline for receipt of entries is 9am (GMT) Monday 12 March 2018.

How to Enter

Applicants are encouraged to make their submission using the online Entry Form as early as possible before the deadline. If applicants are unable to access the online Entry Form, entries can be submitted by post.

Instructions for Entering Online (Preferable Method)

1. Read the Entry Terms and Conditions thoroughly to check the author whose work is due to be submitted and their short story are eligible for the Award. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions.
2. Format the short story as per the following instructions:
  • One entry per author
  • Written in English
  • A maximum of 8,000 words
  • Typed
  • Font: any font, 12pt, black
  • Double spaced
  • No page numbers
  • Include a front page which details the Title of Story and the Word Count
  • No author’s name included anywhere on the story (unless you are submitting a typeset file and it is unavoidable)
3. Save the short story as an Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) with the Title of Story in the file name. (N.B. if the short story has already been published you can submit a typeset PDF file, but you must remove the author name or title from any headers or footers).
4. Complete the Entry Form online at https://bbc.lvis.io/bbcnssa/ including uploading your short story document.

Instructions for Entering by Post

1. Read the Entry Terms and Conditions thoroughly to check the author whose work is due to be submitted and their short story are eligible for the Award. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions.
2. Type and format the short story as per the following instructions:
  • One entry per author
  • Written in English
  • A maximum of 8,000 words
  • Typed
  • Font: any font, 12pt, black
  • Double spaced
  • No page numbers
  • Include a front page which details the Title of Story and the Word Count
  • No author’s name included anywhere on the story (unless you are submitting a typeset file and it is unavoidable).
3. Print eight (8) copies of the typed short story (single or double-sided on white A4 paper).
4. Request a Postal Entry Form by sending a Stamp Addressed Envelope to Entry Form Request, The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University, The London Readings Unit, Room 8015 Radio Drama, BBC Broadcasting House, W1A 1AA We will endeavour to send you a form within two working days of receipt of your SAE.
5. Complete the Entry Form in and send it with eight (8) copies of the short story in the post to:
The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University, The London Readings Unit, Room 8015 Radio Drama, BBC Broadcasting House, W1A 1AA.

Please note

  • Entries not submitted in accordance with the Entry Instructions and Entry Terms and Conditions will not be eligible for consideration.
  • No entries can be returned.
  • Due to the volume of entries for the Award, there will be no acknowledgement of receipt for entries submitted by post. Entries submitted online will receive an automated acknowledgement.
  • Any queries about entering the Award should be emailed to bbcnssa@bbc.co.uk. The Award administrators will respond as soon as possible.

    More info here

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Poetry Jukebox - This Place Meant...

The text from my Poetry JukeBox poem, This Place Meant... is below. I wrote it as a response to the unfolding horrors of the global refugee crisis.



This Place Meant…
We are described as a natural disaster:
A swarm.
A flood.
A river.
A tide.
We, who have inhaled our homes as dust,
And passed our babies with trembling hands,
Through razor wire in winter rain,
Because that is safer than what follows us.
We, who are borne bobbing like apples on uncaring swells,
Sometimes flailing,
Sometimes still.
Because what is behind us
Is unfathomable.
We, who wake with dew-pearls on our hair and eye lashes,
Beside train tracks that we follow on foot, ill-shod,
Slow as snails;
Our shells, the cold and ragged children on our backs.

There is no howl
That conveys what we have endured,
No utterance, in any tongue,
That explains what we have done.
Like wild water, have we chosen the path of least resistance?
Do we erode and tear and change what you are,
Where you live?
Are we a voracious insectoid mass that eats your crops,
And stings your skin?
Or, like you, are we people of the world,
With lives,
And dreams,
And jobs,
And kin?



©Adam Trodd.