New Year Resolutions

Have you broken any of your New Year resolutions yet? I haven’t! Ner ner ni ner ner! I used to make them but it became so depressing. First there were so many I could make and then there were the shoulds, musts, oughts and got tos which are so parental and non-pc...

Feeling Low?

This poem was “previously published as a Poetry on Loan postcard”. “Poetry on Loan is an Arts Council funded organisation whose purpose is to promote contemporary poetry through public libraries in the West Midlands.” Feeling Low? Breathe in. Create a snapshot;...

Riotous behaviour is classless

David Cameron has described the riots which took place in the streets of English cites in August as being – ‘about behaviour’, ‘people showing indifference to right and wrong’, ‘people with a twisted moral code’, ‘people with a complete absence of self-restraint’. He...

Society needs a therapist.

Why is it that those indicating the importance of understanding the underlying issues of the recent riots are vilified as apologists? Certainly the culprits of wanton vandalism, theft and murder need to be punished but unless there is an understanding of why it all...

To really be or not to really be.

Judging by the number of training courses for counsellors and the number of counsellors there now are, it would seem that more and more people are turning to counselling to resolve disturbing issues. The Government has also accepted that ‘talking therapies’ can be...