Poem: Utopia City

I will build in my city

green spires circling trees and grass
swallows nesting in the rooftops
fruit trees hanging from window baskets

I will build in my city

parks with hidden tunnels to secret places
cat cafes to sip tea and share a biscuit
floating platforms to dive from into the bluest water

I will build in my city

plastic free markets where food is free
warm beds to rest in spacious rooms
health care for all from birth to grave

I will build in my city

acceptance, tolerance and love
the friendly greetings of strangers
the kindly helping hands of neighbours

I will build in my city


This came about because I have been thinking of my children and what will become of them in the future. I feel children have the power to make real change to the world. As you grow older, you can get stuck in your ways, and lose vision. Children are full of imagination and hope for the future.

Write-30 No.21

Brown tree trunk surrounded by green grass

The Tunnel.

You are walking in the woods when you come across this tree with a hole. Curious, you peer in. You discover a tunnel. Should you go in? You decide to risk it. What happens next?

STUCK?Try this story starter:
“I hate you!” I slammed the front door and stormed off. It wasn’t fair. My stupid parents wouldn’t let me go to Karen’s party just because it was on a school night. I was going to miss the best party of the year.
I entered the old woods at the end of my street. It’s where I always go when I’ve had a bust up with them. I find it calming. Things don’t seem so bad when I’m there. Except this time it wasn’t working. So I kept walking until I came to a clearing I hadn’t come across before. Right in the middle was a twisted, gnared old tree. Maybe an oak? I don’t know such things. It had a hole at the base of the trunk, Curiousity got the better of me. It always does. I peered in. It seemed to be some kind of tunnel. I just had to go in.

What happens next?


DID YOU KNOW? There is a book about a tunnel called The Tunnel by children’s writer and illustrator Anthony Browne. It’s great.

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What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.