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Closed Season Blues came into being in November 2018. I wrote it after my first season at Alton Towers, full of emotion over Scarefest and Fireworks. In it, I’d tried something different. Instead of briefly referencing the flashback in verse two and then moving back to the present, I kept the memory going into the third verse. The result, in my eyes, was beautiful. The Prose Over the last two weeks, I’ve spent my time reworking the original poem. I knew that the rhythm – or meter, as it’s referred to in poetry – was off. The line length often varied a clumsy amount and the rhyming was inconsistent. I sat down with my project book and got to work. As you can see, I marked out the stressed and unstressed syllables that make the meter with full circles and empty circles, respectively. This is how Stephen Fry does it…

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When I look through these picturesI hear an echo from the pagesAnd if I should close my eyesI feel it firing up inside I’m in the station by the trainsStretching the span of time that remainsBut then I blink and I’m back at homeRemembering it was a while ago But still it plays in my headThe words we said and what we didAnd when I turned to say goodbyeTaking it in, freeing a sigh Now in an album they will be foundA record of colour, a hint of soundThey serve to remind me of the great timesOf the awesome people, the amazing rides I look at them when I feel lowTo get a glimpse of what I’ve come to knowBut it’s a while ’til I feel that powerThe happiness of Alton Towers I miss you Alton, I really doI just can’t wait to get back to youYou mean so much,…

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“Get a well-paid job” “Provide for yourself” “You’re too smart for that” I’ll read what’s on the shelf “Pick double science” “Keep your options open” “You should do triple” It’s science I have chosen “Do A-levels” “What do you want to be” “Decide your degree first” At college I’ll be free “It really is a science” “You seem very at home” “But it’s a polytechnic” To uni I will go “We’re proud of you” “You can do this, you know” “Don’t throw it away” My hard work will show “You need to get a job” “We won’t provide forever” “It makes ends meet” Fed up of this pressure “Job, job, job” “Money, money, money” “Science, science, science” Doesn’t sound that funny “Why won’t I decide?” “Why do I always change?” “Why can’t I just choose?” I’m in the wrong game “Get a job in the sciences” “It’s a safe bet”…

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It was a dark, stormy night… Seems clichéd, doesn’t it? It’ll be the sentence that starts primary school stories the world over as the major alternative to “Once upon a time…” but as a serious writer, these are two starters you’ll definitely want to steer away from (unless you’re writing a fairytale for primary school children, in which case go for your life). As someone who’s lifetime ambition it may be to be a published and successful author, or maybe as someone who wants to write something half-decent for a school creative writing project, I imagine that you’ll want to have a good, solid start to your story. The blank Word document on your laptop, or even the blank piece of A4 paper in front of you, will beg to differ. It lays in front of you, arrogantly heckling, “Go on then. What’s the best you can do?” You stare,…

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