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Monday Moments: Speaking My Language

Introduced By Holly King Did you know that the Eskimo language has 30 words for snow? It's said that the number of words a culture has for something is an indication of its importance (I cast my mind back to Carol Ann Duffy’s poem, Frau Freud, and wonder what that claim ...

Monday Moments: Making It Up

Introduced By Holly King It’s weird to think that, at one point, every word we use had to be made up. It's said that Shakespeare coined (‘made up’) over 400 words in his plays and sonnets, which we have adapted into everyday language, including to 'catch a cold', 'swagger' and even ...

Monday Moments: Fantastical Nature

Introduced By Holly King In this Monday Moments, we are focussing on how writers and artists take the theme of nature and inject fantasy into it. Art, I believe, is our way of trying to communicate and connect: to each other, to ourselves, and to our world. By making nature fantastical, ...

Monday Moments: Nature Inspiring Creativity

Introduced By Holly King Moving into February and our new theme of Nature, Inspiring Creativity: Past, Present and Future,’ I have a whole forest of features from writers who are inspired by natural places. Nature is something that has been the focus of writers and artists for centuries, with pinnacle poems such ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Nonsense Poetry

By Eithne Cullen Welcome to the first ‘Thoughtful Tuesday’ page of 2022. It’s hard to believe it’s almost two years since we started the Extra pages to keep us going through what we thought might be a few weeks of lockdown. Yet here we still are, and we’re off to a ...

Monday Moments: Childlike Genius

Introduced By Holly King We’re already two weeks into 2022 and the second year of Write On! Extra, which, I must say, has grown exponentially for such a young project. When we are young, though; that’s when the most creative ideas come about and we write with the most freedom. So, ...

Monday Moments: Spreading Christmas Cheer

Introduced By Holly King The final month of 2021 rolls in and people seem to be needing Christmas more than ever. Is it just me, or have stores been selling Christmas items, and have friends put up their decorations, earlier this year? Perhaps more than any other UK holiday, Christmas is ...

Monday Moments: Wonderful Witches

Introduced By Holly King If you’re a woman, you might have been called ‘a bit of a witch’ by someone, or been told to be wary of that woman over there, because ‘she’s a witch’. It’s a pejorative term, and witches across time, cultures and books, are the archetype of an ...