by Katie James
Down in the dark, the old man sits there and rubs his face
with the palm of his hand. He’s watching the computer screen
and he’s falling asleep, when a sound comes from the case
behind him. The case that remembers a certain teen
and his brave-faced grin in that dimly lit alleyway.
Behind him, a flash of red, yellow, green. Continue reading
by Alex Scott
That it’s normal to be hungry, all the time.
That the ball was not mine, is not mine, and never will be mine.
That badgers are enticing.
That seventeen years is enough to feel love.
by Indigo Douglas
He talks about sport and the weather,
in the pub, where he spends every night.
With his eyes slightly too close together,
and his slightly-below-average height.
In our final video from the open mic, Aishah Habiba performs a poem about the struggles of Minder and online dating as a twenty-one year old.
The Charity Open Mic Night was run as part of Alex Scott’s fundraiser for Action Against Hunger.
Jonathan Edwards’ first poetry collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren Books, 2014), was the winner of the 2014 Costa Poetry Award. His humorous poetry covers life growing up in Wales, filled with characters from Evel Knievel to Marty McFly to bicycling nuns. He holds an MA in Writing from Warwick, and currently teaches in Wales.
In our first video from the Charity Open Mic night in Curiositea, Alex Scott performs a poem about finding your mother in situations you might not have expected.
The Charity Open Mic night was part of Alex’s fundraiser for Action Against Hunger.