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Call for digital creative writing submissions about Manchester: be part of putting poetry on the map!

 

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Photo by Zarina Akhtar

 

Manchester Met University and Wordlife have just launched a new digital writing map for the city of Manchester. We are distributing a call for submissions for writers to submit work about Manchester to be added to the Writing Manchester map. http://writingmanchester.com/

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Write a poem inspired by any physical location in the city, anywhere we can pin on the map (crucially it needs a postcode) – so it could be a building, public space, road, landmark – your choice. We are looking for submissions from a range of styles and disciplines, from established poets to those published for the first time. The website is a unique digital platform that as well as text has the ability to embed other types of media alongside it; These could be a video (youtube and vimeo), photo, photo gallery, audio-recordings and hyperlinks within the text itself.

Deadline: 10th April 2017

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The website contains other information about the local literature scene of the city and the idea is to encourage the cross pollination of audiences across all the realms of Manchester’s vibrant literature scene. The ability to upload images and audio files means you could even add some artwork inspired by the location or an audio  recording of you reading it –  so if you prefer the spoken word, there is an outlet for you.

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Work needs to be emailed to manchesterpoems@gmail.com, preferably in the body of the email please with a postcode (and name of the particular location if a certain building, place etc) and a single image – an image of the location itself is ideal.

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Poems will be considered on their individual merit and exploration of the location chosen and their use of the extra digital elements that ‘Writing Manchester’ allows.  This call for submissions is part of a student-led project to add content to the map. As such unfortunately there is no fee available for successful submissions.

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In your email you must confirm it is your own poem and that you grant us permission to post it – plus a line or two about yourself if you would like. Thanks so much – happy writing!

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Poem of the day: ‘This City’

zarrA hybrid

A mix

Of the old, the told and the new

Of the established

The re-established

The forgotten

Which can never be forgotten

Words upon paper

Ink may fade but memories may not

What am I talking about

One may know

One may not know

Do I know

Well, the answer may be no

 

A city, a birthright, a place of land

I call this my home

This place inhabited by flesh, mammal and stone

 

What will become of it

When yet another body vacates

Another person gone, another person lost

Yet one re-emerges

Different, changed and folly

 

Zarina Akhtar, Manchester Metropolitan University

 

 

Breakdown at the self serve checkouts

rec2Human touch has failed you far too often

And this is the confession

Standing in the atrium of ASDA, Hulme

In the strange wait for the self-serve checkouts

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Please scan your first item

The decision seems weighted

Heaviest first, the parents’ example

Shovelling their shame on the conveyor belt

Of inner city aisles

After a ten-year argument.

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You reverse the lesson, with a kind of smile

The fruit that on the way home

You know

Will start to sweat

APPLES 6PK

Please put the item in the bagging area

Six closed fists in a plastic mesh

Confirm that your body has grown slow

Please put the item in bagging area

You pause

Please wait for assistance

Help is coming

–          No.

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Hunger is a different matter

Than fruit and butter, blistered to brown

On a corner hob in an empty kitchen

Later

LURPAK X1

SWEETNER X1

You contemplated sugar. Not sweet enough

MERLOT 750ML

To be taken alone

PLUMS x 3

To be bought, boiled and carefully stoned

LOVE

Dredge a whole shelf for

1 BOTTLE OF DETTOL

COCKTAIL STICKS 5PK

For the sad solo acupuncturist

PARACETAMOL

Quantity needed

AIR FRESHENER 1L

TISSUE – 10PK

For the mess

1 LOAF, UNSLICED

THE SUN

Afterall made of paper

SALT 1KG

EGGS 6PK

TIME

Please wait while we verify your bags

STAINLESS ST SCOURERS

STAINLESS ST SCOURERS

STONE

GUILT

Quantity needed

SHAME

Quantity needed

HOME

Unexpected item in bagging area

ANTIBAC

ANTIBAC

LRG GLOVES

GREETING CARD

PLANS

Would you like a bag?

Would you like a bag?

No. You will carry it all in your hands.