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Making a cup of tea

If you’re missing your regular writing prompts, or are feeling creatively ‘stuck’ and need some help getting going again, here’s something that might help!

Making a cup of tea / Writing prompt

  1. Take hot water, milk, sugar, and tea. Now make a cup of it, but don’t. Write a poem about making tea instead.
  2. Think about which order do you add the ingredients to you lovely cup. Do you put the milk and sugar in first, or second? Or does the hot water go in first, then the milk, sugar? Do you take either? What tea do you use? Loose? A tea bag? How long do you stir the drink? If at all? What is your cup like? Smooth, ceramic. Old, chipped? How does it feel to touch? Describe all of this, in as much detail as possible. And be kind to yourself. Give yourself the time you need to complete this part of the task.
  3. Remember, to focus on the details in the actions as you write, and the mood of the work. Are the actions mindful, careful – or somewhat rushed? Try not to impose either one onto the writing. See what comes through naturally.
  4. And, what happens next after you have made your cup of tea? It could be absolutely anything…
  5. Tip: If you like, you can write as a free-hand, descriptive block of writing, and then edit into it later, making sure to put your initial energy into the details of the actions as they occur, first.

Happy writing!


Helen xxx

Grief is like a miracle

opening your mouth for water, and finding rain.

I have a new little poem out today, ‘Grief is like a miracle’ published by Wild Court. Thank you to Robert for publishing, and the wonderful Zoe Bridgley Thompson for her insigtful edits.

We can find the miraculous in even the most devastating of situatons. All we have to do is look.

Sending love to you all.

And here is the poem in full:

The world is still beautiful

There seems a lot of anxiety in the air at the moment, understandably. But there’s still a great deal to enjoy and be thankful for too.

On Monday 6th April, 11.30-1pm, I will be running an uplifting, online poetry workshop. Goodness knows we need a little light in our lives! This will be a time for us to come together (even if online) and enjoy the transformative powers of writing.

Through writing prompts, reading material, and open discussion, we’ll explore everything there is to appreciate in the world of poems and beyond. Let’s light up our writing rooms, and have some fun!

This workshop will take place online, via skype. A link to the workshop chat will be sent to all booked participants 24 hours before it is due to start.

Level: Open (all welcome)

Cost: £13 (includes eventbrite booking fee)

Book & pay here:


Trauma writing exercise

Here’s a little trauma writing exercise for you all. I’ve used it in several workshops, online and peer sesisons, and it works very well. As always, my primary advice is not to put any expectation on the writing, or the results. Follow you gut, and… Read More