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Oldham’s Year of Food aims to celebrate the local, seasonal food of Oldham and work towards a more sustainable future. We’d like to encourage the shar…



I’ve not done very much writing of anything recently. I’ve not scrawled out a poem for a few weeks, not even a line or two. I’ve not thought about my writing group homework either. That’s nothing unusual. My best work is done under pressure in the last hour before the meeting.


At 7am my phone stirred
It bleated and it cried
It wailed and it chunnered
I thought someone had died.

It beeped and made a lot of noise
Alerting me to a text
I blearily put on my specs
And pressed the buttons next

Still not well the message said
I’m off to A&E
Can you mind the chickens
Again today for me?