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Survivors Poetry aim to publish and promote poetry by survivors; supporting and developing survivor poets and establishing communication networks; making connections between creativity and mental health. This blog contains notes from contributors to the survivors network.

Anthony Hurford offers the first of a series of blogs responding to Seamus Heaney’s poetry

9 October 2013


Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) was an Irish poet, dramatist and critic. He died at the end of last August which has brought forth many reminiscences in the media about him and admiration for his poetry. He was born in Northern Ireland and his early childhood on a farm called Mossbawn is a vital element to his poetry. He lived through The Troubles and was clear on his stance as an Irish Catholic. Heaney was well recognised in his lifetime. There is a list of awards and prizes he received on his...

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Wendy Young woke to a ring of pink hue and was taken aback, on discovering mornings were great

30 July 2013


Masada Sunrise

Sigh, July, Why? You see a pink circle of light Surrounding the City Reminding you when you felt whole at last Raking a cotton field in the Haifa Valley Feeling part of it all Surrounded by the hills And watching the sun rise like a giant pink grapefruit Spreading and colouring the earth At last waking up - it only took 20 years! Good to be alive until the humidity hits And you sink into a drenched sweaty office Praying the cool morning will stay - like you did back then - trying to...

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