Shey Hargreaves: ‘First / Preheat the oven to surplus’

Shey Hargreaves sums up after her first week as poet-in-residence and presents a new poem made from two found texts: George Osborne’s Budget 2016 speech and a recipe for fudge almond cake… The coming of the digital age has heralded huge changes in the way our freedom to express ourselves is managed by our government and … Continue reading Shey Hargreaves: ‘First / Preheat the oven to surplus’

Scribble 5: Spin and the political agenda

Leading on from yesterday’s post about the disturbing nature of legitimising hate speech by delivering it in a polished and reasonable manner, today’s post is all about spin. Spin is a wordsmith’s art; although it drives me nuts there’s no denying the talent behind the complex language of misdirection deployed by administrative and political bodies. … Continue reading Scribble 5: Spin and the political agenda