Posts Tagged ‘Martin Burch’

“Rebellion” poems

December 1, 2009

BrightSparks runs an art workshop every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm till 3pm at 27a Access Artspace, 60 Northgate Street. (See our “About” page for more details.) However on the last week of each month, we have a poetry workshop instead of art.

In October 2009, Tim Sayers led our poetry workshop on the theme of “Rebellion”. Here are some of the poems we wrote.


Recommended Radio Play about living with Bipolar Disorder

May 9, 2009

I recommend listening to “Do’s and Don’ts for the Mentally Interesting” – an afternoon play on BBC Radio 4 recently. You can listen again on the BBC iPlayer by following this link – it was originally broadcast on Friday 8th May 2009, and will be available online until Friday 15th May.

It was based on a blog written by someone with Bipolar Disorder: which I also recommend.

Contribute to this website

February 6, 2009

This website is running very smoothly – thanks to Martin for his work on this. Please would everyone think of something to contribute to the website, and then make it happen either yourself or by asking for help or contributions. You can give photos and text to Lydia or Martin, preferably by email or on a CD or USB flash drive, but if you can’t or don’t want to work on a computer you can give us something on paper.

Alternatively, if you would like to contribute directly to the website yourself online, and put content on to it yourself, please talk to Martin or Lydia. A few people have already done this and now have usernames and passwords which allow them to login and upload stuff themselves; we await their articles. Don’t worry about spelling and grammar etc – we can sort this out for you later.

The website is for anything related to BrightSparks – so anything in the arts (poetry, art, photography, comedy, music…) and anything related to mental health. It could relate directly to BrightSparks projects or not.

Contributions could include recommendations of other websites.

No Spark of Life

September 20, 2008

An oven flooding with gas
A starter-motor whirring in an engine not turning
A match scraping not striking
A boiler-clock clicking not firing
Gears jumping not engaging
Water steaming not bubbling
Cigarette lighter flicking not igniting
Batter baking not rising

Poem by Martin Burch