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The Shack

Patricia Preece, Preston A crumbled shack sits on a hill Half tumbled, half alive! Dressed stones scattered on the ground Covered in frost and snow where they lie. Sheep...

Wedding Day

Peter Jones, Oswaldtwistle Outside the church, the street is bare. No creature stirs, there’s no-one there. But, very soon, it comes alive, The wedding guests start to arrive. First...

My Dog

Jennie Tarr, Oldham The one who listens when I talk The one who cheers my lonely walk The one who nuzzles me when I cry The one who...

Hip Hooray

John Scott, Blackpool My left foot was sideways I banged into shop doors On going to the bedroom I was reduced to all fours Along came the surgeon To cure...

The Posy

Rod Butterworth, Rochdale The little boy was only four And picking flowers with the girl next door And Tommy called her Josie, A passing women said to Tom, “Girls...

The Local

John Williams, Colne They’re closing down our local, whatever can we do? It’s been a part of life, in fact for quite a few Just down the...

Water Fun

Lynn Baker, Trawden What is it with kids and water? Like a magnet to my son and daughter. A cry of please, the wanting look, That facial expression...

Filey Bay

Christina Thompson, Filey Standing high up on the cliffs, Looking down on Filey Bay, Fishing boats on a cobble landing, Gleam, with many colours. The deep blue sea comes...

Grandchild

Constance McLaren, Bradford Sweet gentle child as you lay upon my knee Wish I could tell what your future will be I wonder and think as I...

Stir Fried Sprouts with Lemon and Chilli

Serves 2 Ingredients • 2tsp sesame oil • 2 chicken breasts sliced into thin strips • 4 shallots thinly sliced • 250g Brussels sprouts shredded • 1 clove garlic finely...

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