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I’ve written a poem inspired by the amazing Amanda Gorman, and her extraordinary inauguration performance. Couldn’t be more topical – consider this a world premiere…

The history of democracy

History happens when you’re not watching
when you’re sleeping or just waking, perhaps busy
clicking on the kettle, or digging the garden,
or walking in the woods while news is breaking
unnoticed, out of sight, on the other side of the world,
as people aching with hope go into ballot booths
making a mark, the sign of the cross, signalling
the exit for one president, no faking the entrance
for another, then taking us down the spiralling
days of insurrection and earthquaking chaos
to the rock-solid platform where one young
black woman is speaking to her elders not betters
and stands small but mighty without shaking
becoming the light we will look out for
in the time of history still in the making.

– John Simmons


What have I been doing? Releasing this. Short humour on love and food.

– Nielsen Dinwoodie


I’ve just finished the first draft of a book I’ve been working on (thanks to much prompting and nudging from Elen Lewis). It’s a collection of stories to show business folk how to get customer experience right, but hopefully will be interesting and amusing for others, too.

– John Sills


A few months ago I launched a new furniture brand and business. It’s called Ivy Burton Interiors and specialises in taking pre-loved furniture and homeware and giving it a new lease of life with bespoke, hand-painted designs. 

As it’s such a new brand (only a few months old), I wanted to reach out to let you know that we’re here and we’re selling products. You can browse Ivy Burton Interiors first collection, which has been lovingly hand-painted and styled by yours truly, on Etsy.  

Or give our Instagram and Facebook pages a follow

– Poppy Collier


I’m on the nth edit of this short story about a woman who makes an example of a cosmetic surgery who’ve been covering up a secret by murdering two surgeons…and I’m trying to get a handle on how to get into copywriting too! And, here’s a 26 picture, one of my favourite songs…

– AJ Morris


Audible vs reading – discuss

I know I’m late to the party but I’m listening to my first audio book, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I’m having a tussle. The physical act of reading is different from the act of listening. I think it’s similar to handwriting versus typing the same thing.  The book’s just not lodging in my brain in the same way. It’s not that I’m using it as an excuse to multi-task either. I know it works for many people. I may just not be one of them. I’d be interested in anyone else’s perspectives on this.

– Alastair Creamer

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