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ISSUE 05

CONTENT PLANNING & WRITING: Lucy Rendle


PROMOTION & WRITING: Jack Hadley
MAGAZINE DESIGN, IMAGERY & EDITING: Chris Jones
ILLUSTRATION: Sam Taylor
GUESTS: Hannah Nichole, Elliot Parker, Glenn James, Charlotte Stocksdale, Christina
Maynard, John Taylor, Carley Edge.
POETRY COMPETITION: Sarah James, Lisa Ventura, Colette Grosvenor, Jon Mapp,

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LOGO & INDENT: Chris Jones

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CONTENTS
Box Team [04]

Charlotte Stockdale
[06]

Death of Film Photo


[10] Sarah James [09]

FORTY-TWO [14] JOHN MAPP


[12]
ELLIOT PARKER
[16] Lisa Ventura [13]

Tina V [18] Colette Grosvenor [22]

Frank & BEANZ GLENN JAMES


[19] [24]

JOHN TAYLOR Carley Edge [28]


[20]
Exhibitions [31]

Workshop Events [32]

All artwork submitted to the Box is


used with permission of the original
Splendid Cinema [33]
owner. All rights belong to the
creators.
ILLUSTRATION: Chris Jones
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Hello Box readers,

We present our fifth Issue. This month we wanted to have a


more digital aethestic to the magazine. Lucy has illustrated
a short story by Glenn James. Chris tries his hand at
photographic formats. Sam has more events and exhibitions
to showcase.
LUCY RENDLE We have a diverse selection of poetry entrees from our Big
[theboxlucy@live.co.uk] Poetry Competition, including an epic by Carley Edge and
two humorous treats from Lisa Ventura

We have more interviews; with traditional illustrator Charlotte


Stocksdale, graphic designer and photographer Elliot Parker
and digital artist and writer John Taylor.

Lucy reminisces over the film photograph, and tells us


CHRIS JONES about 42’s second event, and tells us of the upcoming
[theboxchris@live.co.uk] performances.

Frank and Beanz give us another comic strip, and Mark Ellis
is looking for performers [see workshop segment]

We are still looking for artists and contributors for our next
Issue. We want a lot more art, and would also like to continue
our poetry segments. Please get in touch with us - our emails
JACK HADLEY are under our profile pictures - We look forward to hearing
[theboxjack@live.co.uk] from you

BOX TEAM

SAM TAYLOR
[theboxsam@live.co.uk]
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Illustrator of the Month
Charlotte Stocksdale
Hello Charlotte, could you describe your At the moment the idea of having one
background and how this had fed your illustration representing two or three
practice. moments is very appealing.”
“I grew up on a smallholding in rural
Wales; one of two children who were home
educated from the beginning and never ever
went to school. Doesn’t that make me weird?
Well, it made me independent at least, and
appreciative of my surroundings. Seeing my
surroundings, and I mean really seeing, is
very important to my work. When you see
the little birds in the hedge, or the little tiny
violet, it brings a kind of enchantment into
life. It’s the same for my illustration. There’s
no point in just repeating what the text says;
I like to show more. The same goes for
watching how people do things. The way one
person moves is so individual, and it’s good
fun to draw that motion in still pictures and
develop character. What and who inspires you?
“Stories inspire me and always have.
Academically my background is in art, with True, fictional, fantasy or real life, they
philosophy and psychology, and interests in are everywhere. Fragments from daily life
science, history and English literature mixed (have you ever wondered, for example,
in. Learning in these areas has transformed why someone in the supermarket has ten
my practice, because I’m now looking for bottles of fizzy drink, one loaf of bread
multiple layers of meaning to put into the and some eggs?) and a little imagination (a
images. very unusual bread pudding, prepared for
the purple frog that lives in Regent’s park)
suddenly create stories. Sometimes mad
ones.

Academic research inspires me too. My


own interest is in interpretation and how
human minds (with whatever definition
you take that to mean) both perceive and
understand something. It seems to vary
from person to person and I find that
exciting. Furthermore, how do illustrators
respond to that?”
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Communication is a huge part of survival, as it is the only way of glimpsing at least a
suggestion of what someone else experiences. I think most art hinges on this. Fine art,
illustration, graphic design etc, often aim to move people in some way, communicate and
persuade. This is only possible when there is a communicated understanding somewhere
in the process of absorbing an idea. How would I, for example, communicate the concept
of vertigo in original images or writing, if I had never experienced the sensation? One of
the most thrilling things is finding an academic idea, and locating that idea demonstrated
in a children’s storybook. It shows how natural an idea can be and that research doesn’t
have to be dull. In fact it is stimulating and it motivates me to explore and create. I want to
do original things, please!

What do you think of


illustration during our
What kind of illustration time of austerity?
do you specialise in? Where did you study? “Austerity is hard, but it
“Ah, well, if you can tell me “I completed my illustration is life affirming in many
that let me know! I suppose degree at University of ways. It makes you look
really I have two styles, Wales Institute, Cardiff very carefully at what is
watercolour ‘realistic-ish’ (UWIC). I was part of the important in life. This
and mixed media imaginative first ever intake for the enhanced awareness of
work, but the boundary course. With hindsight I do the important things must
between the two can be a bit take risks… eek! Anyway, influence illustration and
hazy! I love book illustrating it was wonderful being the content that develops in
and I’m quite happy doing the first ever year, because the market. Hardship might
cards, clothing designs, we were able to mould create a reaction, so that
promotion design, and even the course. That kind of illustration will become anti-
website building. They are entrepreneurial atmosphere minimalist and have lots of
all creative processes!” was good creative fertilizer.” intensity and richness.”
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Do you think that the
illustration industry is
demystified? Is digital
illustration suffocating our art
or has it evolved because of it.
Do you think there is room for
traditional approaches?

There is definitely an element


of evolution taking place. My
own practice methods would
be much more difficult without
digital input. For me this frees
up the process of composition
and encourages happy accidents.
I enjoy the transparencies you
can achieve digitally and most of
my work is a complete mix of
traditional and digital.
Digital illustration has created a genre of its Traditional approaches still have a lot of
own. There has been a surge of digital art advantages, and many people maintain
but I think it is receding a little. There’s an a preference for traditional over digital.
important distinction between art created People find magical, fantastic and
by formulas on a computer, and art that has mysterious qualities in an image created
been created by a mind via a computer. It’s by hand, because of the skill invested in it.
the human element that is missing from a The perception of investment is important,
lot of digital work. In a way it’s the same because it lets your audience know you
for traditional illustration; you don’t create value them. Humans like being valued! As
traditional work from ready-cut shapes and soon as a computer is involved, some or all
specifications, you start from scratch with of that mystery goes because ‘computers
fresh ideas. Digital illustration needs to do are clever’. This magic is such a crucial part
the same. of illustration as a storyteller, and that alone
will maintain the traditional illustration
industry. If you are ever in any doubt, sit
in a public place and draw. You will soon
find people craning their necks trying to
peek and children will come, absolutely
fascinated.

QUESTIONS: Chris Jones


IMAGES & WORDS: Charlotte Stocksdale
www.charlotte-stockdale.co.uk
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Shifting

On the windowsill, my herb pots are wilting.


Outside the city’s towers are restless;
lights blink, its night too scared for pitch black.
The world inside is a different place.
I lie and listen to your breathing fill our bedsit,
try to merge with the white sheet stillness
as sunlight creeps like a cat burglar through the blinds.
A spider creases itself into your shirt
and the plant pots’ curved shadows.

I twist, and slope the blind’s slats.


An avalanche of morning
slides to a halt by your pillow,
flakes melt on your face. Everything shifts.
Sunlight pools on the glossed ledge, sends
the spider hurrying off along the glass edge.
My chives and thyme are yellow beyond reviving.
But the bulbs we planted for spring –
their green tips are parting with colour.

POETRY: Sarah James


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The Death of Film
Photography:
Old Verses
New
ARTICLE: Lucy Rendle

In this modern age of


accessibility were the
western world is spoilt for
choice of modern techno
gadgets,
Anyone can produce a photograph with ease, a mobile phone a digital cameras offer a
quick and easy approach to producing an image. We are overcome and bombarded with
the digital image, it is part of out landscape in our day to day lives, if were to count how
often we are effected by the digital image our response would be thousands of times
whether consciously or subconsciously.
Long gone are the days of the photograph which took time to process from the beginning
to end, when photographic development was time consuming and complex and the results
were far more magical and captivating then its younger brother’s production of the digital
image.
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Photographs produced as late as the 19th Photoshop allows us to make the new old
century seems to appear as paintings rather but not matter how many effects used we
then a crystal clear image, the graininess could never recreate a photograph with the
and textured layers which involve from same alluring and atmospheric qualities.
the slow development of black and white
film photography create an atmospheric Yes digital has opened the doors to all, so
and beautiful picture. As a viewer we we can easily take and create a photograph
almost are forced to pay more attention to a high standard, but are we losing the
to the older film prints, as we are so essential essence of the photograph were
used to seeing perfectly mirrored reality perfection will become the norm so much
in a digital photograph we tend to not so that these images will dissolve from our
absorb the detail or the narrative in the memories and their impact will become
digitally constructed 2d image. We even nonexistent?
try to recreate the old film effect in digital
manipulation software.

Photographs provide form Worcester Photography Society Worcestershire Archive


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'The Box' POETRY: Jon Mapp

Put it in a box,
And strip it bare,
Watch it die,
Try not to care,

It’s only memory,


Clothing my heart, It’s taken my pain,
Swaying my judgment, Wrapped me in grief,
And it rips me apart, Stripped me bare, the scars give me substance,
Of all my belief, the pain takes my breath,
I can’t let it go,
And it can’t let me live, in the land of the damned,
Lying here naked, I stare straight at death,
It’s taken almost all, The angel who fell,
That I have to give, Grants me redemption, Put me in a box,
And sends me to hell, And strip me bare,
Watch me die,
Try not to care.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Chris Jones


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The Rapture – Or POETRY: Lisa Ventura
“Ode To The Insane Ramblings Of An 89 Year Old
Man”

I thought the end of the world was nigh


I thought today is the day I am going to die
The rapture is coming on May 21st
So we should eat, drink and party until we burst

Harold Camping is the man who predicted our fate


An 89 year old madman, and many of us took his bait
They paid him money and made him a God
But in reality he is a stupid old sod

It is May 22nd, and oh look we are all still here


I think it is time to celebrate and drink loads more beer
Harold Camping – you are a laughing stock
I don’t blame everyone who thinks it is fun to mock

The insane ramblings of a senile old man


He really did think the world was going down the pan
Harold I’d keep those curtains closed if I were you
As many of your “followers” will no doubt decide to sue

William & Kate


Written during the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton on Friday
29th April 2011

Today William marries his Kate

It’s sweet to see she is his soulmate


Ten years Kate waited for her man

But it could have all gone down the pan


One day they will be King and Queen
I’m sure they will be very keen

To rule the land of Great Britannia


And be more “wiv it” than their good old nanna
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It was the 2nd 42 open mic night at the Worcester Arts Workshop. Mr Hadley & I
were invited once again to indulge in the world of sci-fi, Gothic and horror literacy.

Hosted by the co founder of 42, Glenn James .The cellar full of adoring fans of the
genres waited in anticipation for the diverse collection of performers from around the UK
and an intriguing line up.

First to entertain and disturb the audience was John Taylor, with a chilling tale about a
child and his demonic teddy bear. Next up was Suz Winspear reading her the scary story
of the invisible friend another comically dark tale. The 3rd performer Damon Lord
brought a mixture of stand up comedy, poetry and fantasy work to the stage. After the
feast of delights Craigus Barry serenaded us with a selection of space inspired original
songs. The 5th performer was the brilliant Fergus McGonigal, with a selection of
fantastically funny poems, (one in particular about 42). And the end the evening Glenn
James read part two of “Norseman on the Threshold”, which will be concluded at the
next formal 42 in June.

Come and join the next 42 @ the Worcester arts Workshop in June.
For information please go to:
www.gapresents.co.uk/42
Or contact 08445006185

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ARTICLE:Lucy Rendle & Jack Hadley
PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy Rendle
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Elliot Parker
Photographing Digital Worlds
What and where do/did you study?
“Last year I completed a 2 year National
Diploma in Graphic Design at Worcester
Art College. I am now half way through a
2 year HND course which will finish next
summer.”

What inspired you to want to be a


graphic designer?
“I’m excited by digital art. Transforming
images and objects that most people take
for granted or see as desolate into my own
personal creation…..using urban scenery
and textures to challenge my imagination.
I see buildings and structures that are long
forgotten or decaying, I like to save the
memories and provide them with a future! I
was encouraged to use my imagination from
as far back as I can remember and now it’s
second nature. I remember asking Father
Christmas for empty boxes instead of toys,
I got about fifty and created an enormous
castle that filled the entire lounge, I think
I was about six! Graphic Design is merely
following my artistic path….opening up
new opportunities to develop new skills and
techniques.”
What are your favourite subjects and
how would you describe your style?
“There’s no stereotypical influence in my
work. I constantly see new opportunities
in everyday life, people and conversations.
To be perfectly honest, I have no favourite
subjects, as such; however, to date my
designs have been influenced by worldwide
street art and hip hop culture.
My personal style reflects this as my designs
have an urban feel to them, using bright
colours and grungy textures to provide a
post apocalyptic effect.”
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What are your aspirations regarding
your career?
“This is a toughie! To be honest with you I
haven’t given it too much thought, I’ve been
too busy enjoying the journey! As long as
I’m doing something creative that stimulates
me I know I’ll be happy. Don’t get me
wrong, I DO appreciate I need to earn
some money to enable me to follow this
path, so I stay open for job offers, but will
probably just stay freelance and continue to
try to build up a name for myself.”

What reaction would you like people to


have towards your designs?
“Obviously I like it! When I work I get
lost in my imagination, but I would like
others to interpret it how they choose to.
In my opinion there is more to read into
a piece of art than from words in a book.
Whether it is liked or disliked isn’t what is www.elliotparker.tumblr.com.
really important….it’s the stimulation of a
reaction. All I know is that at this moment
in time it is right for me.”

Are there any graphic designers that


have inspired you?
“Yes, definitely- but way too many to name
and not just graphic designers. All sorts of
things inspire me by just being aware of
everything that’s around me.”

What experience do you have and where


can the readers see your work?
“I’m currently building up my profile using
a versatile approach, promoting small
businesses but also Worcester City Football
Ground who spotted my work at my end
of year exhibition. At the moment, my
Worcester Twinning project is currently in
focus so with a bit of luck my work will
also be recognised overseas.”
INTERVIEW: Hannah Nichole
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Music BOX: Tina V Since then she’s decided that music is to
be her future, regardless of how successful
PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy Rendle she eventually might or mightn’t become.
ARTICLE: © Christina Maynard It might be teaching, it might one day be
27th April 2011 [All rights reserved] performing in some ghastly cruise ship
tribute, but it would be music! For now, it’s
Christina Maynard has been creating a bit performing locally, but never forgetting to
of a stir on the local music scene these past put the occasional video up on youtube.
12 months or so. Performing solo as Tina
V, or as a member of the bands Ancient One of her original songs, 12 Questions has
Addicts and This Wicked Tongue, she still received well over 50,000 hits on youtube,
finds time to gig in duos with other local quite startling if you consider that youtube
musicians such as Anya Pulver, Mike Mann is a search engine where people don’t
and Jake Abbott (he of Worcester Warriors usually go looking for original artists.
fame), as well as running a regular open mic In many respects, atypical though her
together with other This Wicked Tongue background might be, she was typical of so
members at The Angel in Angel Place, and many entrants to national TV shows such
acting as a judge in the recent “Text Factor” as Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor; a
competition held at Sin Bar. singer of uncertain quality, accustomed only
Towards the end of March, Andrew to singing with backing tracks, and quite
Marston described Tina on BBC H&W’s unfamiliar with the live music scene. Not
Friday evening introducing programme as unlike millions of young girls of a similar
“an amazing, amazing sensation”, and since age, perhaps. So, recently when she was
then the epithets about her and her band asked a question by a mother of an aspiring
have continued to roll in. 14 year old singer – “what advice would you
give my daughter?”, she sat down and gave
Tina’s background as a live performer is a it some thought.
little atypical, to say the least. She’s 22 years
old and yet never performed in public until To read Tina Vs top tips
she was 21. for aspiring performing
musicians get your
Up to then, music for her was singing hands on the Music
along to her CDs and perhaps doing Issue of the Box
a little a capella on the beach, along Zine out in
with tinkering on a very ancient July.
Yamaha electric piano at home. But
even though she hardly realised
it at the time, all the while she
was observing, absorbing
influences; and every bit of
practice in her room, private
though it was, was a step
in the right direction.
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John Taylor

Hello John, could you


describe yourself and
your creative practice for
us.

“Hello. I’m probably best


described as a fantasy artist
and have been painting
and drawing all my life.
Most of my work is created
digitally nowadays – I made
the switch from paper and
canvas a few years ago due
to time and space restraints.

Mostly I work for my


own enjoyment and the
occasional commission in
any spare moment I can, but
recently I started working on
concept art for a few film
projects, and am currently
working on a couple of
animated music videos.

I prefer to work late at


night as I find there is less
to distract me - I have a
terrible butterfly mind and
too many ideas, and have
been known to work for a
couple of days without sleep
to get something finished
before the next idea gets in
the way.”

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What inspires you? Where did you study?

“I think in a very visual way and for me there has always “I have never formally
been a very strong relationship between images and music studied art. It’s just
and literature. Listening to a song or reading often triggers something I’ve always
an image that I just have to get out! I tend to draw a lot of done from a very early
inspiration from books, music and folklore but occasionally age – there’s probably a lot
a random line or phrase will pop into my head and stay of technical stuff I should
there until I do something with it. know but don’t!”

Many other artists also inspire me. When I was younger,


How do you go about
I was as interested in the concept artists involved in my
modelling your character
favourite films as much as the films themselves – artists
designs?
such as Ralph McQuarrie, for example, who worked on
the original Star Wars trilogy. I also drew inspiration from
“I use several software
artists that created cover art for my favourite bands –
packages for various
people such as Mark Wilkinson and Rodney Matthews. I
elements in my work -
love the work of Caravaggio, Bosch and Blake, as well as
Poser for figures, Bryce
several of the Pre-Raphaelite artists.
and Terragen to model
landscapes. There is a huge
Some of my recent artwork is based on a novel I am
support network for artists
working on.”
who work with 3d packages,
including many places online
to find free models. I’ll
usually have a strong mental
image or a sketch of how
I want a character to look.
Often I will start with a
basic or off-the shelf model
and create my own morphs
and textures until I’m
happy with it. I’m currently
on a steep learning curve
discovering how to model
my own characters from
scratch using open source
software called Blender.
Much of the final image is
created using Photoshop.”

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Sympathetic Smiles

The bus is empty- no one catches this bus.


The driver gives me a sympathetic smile.
He knows, I know he does.
I sit in the middle,
(Only cool people sit at the back)
I let my eyes gaze,
Beyond the droplets running down the glass.
The rain beats down,
Filling the holes in the road.
Lightning in the background tears through the sky,
And black clouds dominate above the world.
Yet everyday life carries on.

Children sleepily walk to school,

With sympathetic smiles on their faces.

They know, I know they do.


I stopped at the traffic lights,
Staring at drivers in their big cars.
Sympathetic smile after another,
They all know, I know they do.

Today I'm running away.

POETRY: Colette Grosvenor


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“Mercury”

Brightly a star flared in the


sky, and those who watched
below wondered what
it might mean. Blazing
like some kind of torch,
it produced the most
spectacular coloured halo
through the surrounding
dust clouds nightly, for
weeks in succession.

Kings on old Earth


“followed” its progress
across the desert, a mystical
trail, leading them on as they
began searching for the Son
of God.

Mammalian creatures on the


ice-moons of Jupiter saw it
as a warning, and retreated
into hibernation beneath the
drifting snows.

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On the dark plains of remote Neptune shadowy beings
regarded the light with deep suspicion, but continued to
herd their Lichen-slugs unhurriedly....

Then, despite all this interest, the flaring began to fade. It


dwindled away slowly until it was just another pin-hole in
the sky again, lost amongst the countless others, a simple,
boring, remote boiling sphere of super-hot, exploding
hydrogen, countless miles in diameter, galaxies away.

Soon everyone forgot about it. But a message, travelling


slowly out from the region of the solar flares, wormed its
way out across the stars like a ripple.

By the time it reached the countless worlds who


had marvelled or quailed at the brilliant stellar show,
civilisations had risen and fallen, and everyone had quite
forgotten about the ancient supernova.

Strangely though, and to the puzzlement of each world in


turn, it trickled in through their antenna, or telepathically,
or through the shamans, and all scratched their heads and
frowned at its simple message, “You Are Here.”

STORY:Glenn James
ILLUSTRATION: Lucy Rendle
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Magic Me Home Satisfied he had everything, that is what
he was left with, Moon proceeded to the
Moon Bloodgood awoke alone, and in need middle of the room.
of a home, thanks to a disappearing act. As oblong as it was, it looked smaller
So innocent and young, he wondered what because of this sofa, he could only assume.
he’d done, for his family to vanish just like
that. It was little and red, as soft as his bed, so
inviting he just had to rest.
He walked to and fro, wondered, “Where Clutching his photo, he stared so hopeful;
should I go?” now there’s no circus in and whispered, “You are the best.”
which he could travel.
Then out of the blue, after scuffing his Not long had he sat, he was startled and
shoe, something made him look up from jumped back, dropping his prise possession.
the gravel. In burst a stranger, noticing his behaviour,
cleared his throat in confession.
A tall, friendly building, appeared with out
warning, erected by salmon pink bricks. “I…” said the man, “Will do what I can.
After a considerate pause, he frowned, And my name is Pintyn Bloombeing.”
looked adorned, examining it for the Moon on his feet, ran to greet this man, he
bewitched. couldn’t believe he was seeing.

He read out loud, the notice he’d found “Welcome to my orphanage! I can see
attached to the front of the door. your distraught and I’m here to fix what is
“1-2 to come on through. broke.”
3-4 to change the cause. There was a comfortable silence, as Moon
5-6 makes a wish. confided in the words Bloombeing had
7-8 stand up straight. spoke.
9-10 amen.”
What ever it meant, he knocked once, then Then with a terrible smile, Moon thought
again. And waited in response for his call. for a while, he had nowhere else to go.
He reached for his hand; glad to have found
It opened, fell ajar, assuming he could pass. a place he could call home.
Curiosity took its toll.
Moon sneaked through the gap, avoiding Remembering his photo, he turned so
his sack, of oddments to fall out and roll. hopeful and found it lying on the ground.
About to grasp, his breath he lapsed as
He did not wish to repeat, this mornings Bloombeing dragged him around.
delete of his parents in once he had known.
So he felt in his sack, for his only He was shown the way, where he’d spend
photograph, oh how much his sadness had his days from now until he grew old.
grown. “How?” He wondered, was he going to
confront this Bloombeing bloke to be told.

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With one last look, his head he shook as he Instead of springs and other sofa things,
witnessed the sofa reach out. there was just space of which into he
So fast was his combat that, that was that, departed.
Moons little lip started to pout.
No gravity he found, yet still he swayed
He would come back tonight, try with all down, in an enormous vacuum of red.
his might to retrieve his photo from the “ON GUARD!” a voice shouted, before he
grand chair. had grounded on a large dry seabed.
He’d gather his gear, and be certain to clear,
the room leaving nothing to spare. A bizarre little creature, so eccentric and
queer, Moon couldn’t help but laugh.
Times gone by, so later that night, barely “Have I seen you before? You look familiar,
awake he creeps. I’m sure…? Ah yes! You must need the
Out of his bed, where he is yet, to fall safely chance!”
in his dreams.
Moon a little bewildered, the creature
Back down the stairs, taking great care not continued, not giving too much away.
to wake a sole in the house, “This space you have entered, is yours to
Moon crept through the room to the sofa explore… now, see what we have for your
of doom, quiet as a mouse. stay…”

When he got there, he could do nothing but As quick as he’d come, the creature had
stare, pondering what to do next. gone. Moon was left alone in the dark red.
‘Relax’ he thought, ‘this is quite contort, He closed his eyes tight shut, spun on his
I’ve practised this to the perfect.’ foot, and landed the way he should head.

Slowly he reaches, not looking too pleased It seemed time had elapsed; he felt there
he pulls back the cushions in hope. was no going back… wait…what’s that
To find fluff, buttons and crumbs, and an floating afar?
old newspaper with an article on the pope. A shiny thing, glistening: Like the surface
of a star.
With his hands on his hips, biting his lips,
Moon allowed himself time to think. The closer he got, his mind seemed lost, the
After all, he knows what he saw; he was orb had burned right out.
finding it hard to believe. He walked over its place, tripped, landed on
his face then…
Turning his head, ‘Wait’ he said, his eyes
turned to a glare. “ HU! Moon! My darling boy!
What? Surely not. He didn’t have to go Look where you are going next time!”
through there?
“Dad? Mom! Where did you two come
Where there was fluff, he moved all the from?
stuff and his hand sunk into darkness.
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More importantly, where on earth have you “I found him down there at the bottom
gone!” last stair.” Moon couldn’t have hoped for
anything better.
“Moon, our only son, our strongest source
of magic, So there they sat, back to back. Allowing
We’ve been misplaced, our bodies restrained them time to think.
from the trifling world as you know it. He wondered aloud, “Will I ever be found?”
His new friend turned and winked.
Know that we love you so, we’re not sure,
how to get home. Forever, this will not This is where we shall leave Moon
remain. Bloodgood. I hoped you enjoyed it, as
As soon as we’ve figured, how to re-appear, much as have I.
our family will be once again. I don’t believe he ever grew old; he still
waits for his parents to magic him home.
Oh and, Bloombeing’s an old friend, I know
you’re in safe hands. Be bountiful and time
will fly. POEM: Carley Edge
Keep practising your skills, for our circus of
thrills, and for your father and I.

Moon, do not hide away, you’ve been lead


here today, so we have a chance to bid
goodnight.
We’ll tuck you in, like Caterpillar Quinn;
don’t let the bedbugs bite!

Good night our only Moon.


We hope to see you very soon.”

The next thing moon knew was how to


pursue his wickedest, wildest dreams.
He awoke in a bed, next to where he rest his
head, the photo was all it seamed.

Not taking a moment to notice his home he


rushed to the clanging of plates.
To find not his parents, cooking him eggs.
But Bloombeing stood in amaze.

“Good Morning Moon, I hope you liked


your room. Oh, have you lost this little
feller?”

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Compiled by Sam Taylor Discover the newest 6th September – 30th October
talents emerging from the A revived interest in
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especially for Worcester practitioners working in a
Close to Nature City Art Gallery. number of different ways.
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‘childlike’ quality. All the
Brewery Court, 64th annual exhibition of
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Worcester. WR1 1UH
(01905) 21095
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