Lauren M Foster
Writer, artist and musician based in Charnwood. Drummer and vocalist in The Cars that Ate Paris, a garage-punk band.
Freshly baked bread and ripe cheeses. Waxy slightly fermented sweetness of the last of last autumn's apples. Ginger cake. These aromas snaked through the pine trees to my keen canine nose and awoke me, drooling, from my slumber. Oh oh, do you know just how good that felt after the freezing stillness of a long northern winter?
Review: Two Poetry Collections
Review of Dinner in the Fields by Attracta Fahy There is something of the wild about Attracta Fahy’s first poetry collection, Dinner in the Fields. It draws frequently on pantheist mythology, much of it, unsurprisingly, Celtic. This is, however, no wistful new-age collection. Through the use of ancient archetypes Fahy explores what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century. In the first poem, The Woman in Waterside House, we hear the voice of a woman experiencing domestic violence: the reader is left with little doubt of the poet’s intention to address difficult themes. In the final stanza of The Woman in the Waterside House Fahy states:
Write Stuff Anthology
About Write Stuff Write Stuff was a series of writing workshops aimed at fostering creativity and wellbeing in persons with enduring mental health conditions. There were eight sessions with a total of ten participants, six of whom submitted work for this anthology. The participants were encouraged to write freely and without censorship, and some of the poems talk frankly about mental health issues. A couple of the poems contain strong language.
Is There a Link between Mental Illness and Comedy Genius?
Is There a Link between Mental Illness and Comedy Genius? Have you heard the one about the man who goes to his Doctor and asks him what he can do to ease his depression? ‘Go to the Circus,’ says the Doctor, ‘Watch the clown. Have a good belly laugh.’ The man starts to cry. ‘But Doctor,’ he says, ‘I am the Circus clown.’
It Isn’t Punk to Seek Permission
It Isn’t Punk to Seek Permission* - An Introduction to Punk Poetry and its Influences I’ve been into punk since I was 15 and through this I discovered poets such as John Cooper Clarke, Attila the Stockbroker, and Joolz Denby. This eventually led me to write myself.
In the Canyons of Your Mind
With a career spanning over 50 years The Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band must be one of the best loved and most influential musical comedy outfits ever. The genesis of the band came about in 1962 when Vivian Stanshall and Rodney Slater bonded over a late-night transatlantic boxing match broadcast. The rest, as they say, is history.