From photographs and from the street, by Phyllis Lane

Two young lovers entwined while embracing as passers-by totally ignore them. She stands on tip-toes to reach his lips as they spin around on the pavement reluctantly separating like stuck gum. He goes back through an office door while she skips away smiling and licking her lips like a Cheshire cat!

London Never Changes Anon 1890

An ex/policeman Ramo Sammy runs a convicts’ home and a soup kitchen for ex/offenders.He wears a waistcoat and long dirty apron.A sign on the window says “Leg of Beef Stew” 2/-

We still have a need for charities like ‘Crisis” “Shelter’ & “Red Nose Day” – this week! Southwark Cathedral has a nightly stall where homeless people can get a hot drink and something to eat. But the church authorities don’t want them to use this space in front of the church because it looks bad for us to see that we still have “beggars” on London streets in 2011.

In the Cafe
Fairground noises,roars and hums,flashing numbers and colored lights over a muffled message tannoyed through the cafe as a young dad gives his toddler a bottle of milk settling it into the push chair while gently rocking it – to sleep?


About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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