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Welcome to Newsletter #118

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

Untitled by Daniel Piper
[Untitled by Daniel Piper]

A tale I heard

Writer and performer Rob Auton when asked to describe what he does:

“I just want to make a show that I value. If I have a funny idea, it can go in, if I have a more serious point then that can go in too. I put a word in the middle of a spider diagram and go to work on it. The first year was a show about the colour yellow, called The Yellow Show. I made 3D-style glasses with yellow acetate for the audience to wear, so they saw the show through yellow tinted glasses. The show included bits about big car sponges, bananas and egg yolk, and I played Yellow Submarine on repeat at the start. I really enjoyed the experience and enough people did too for me to want to do a show the next year.”

A tale I saw

Take Up Space by Vanessa Kisuule
[Take Up Space by Vanessa Kisuule]

A tale I wrote


Take this poem
whenever you're ready.
Younger the better,
to be honest,
but I'm not one to talk.
This poem will never expire
although I certainly wish
I had the courage
to take it on board
before it was too hard to swallow.

This poem is not suitable
for curly boys scared of loss.
It contains Jim and Graeme
and Scott at their coldest.

Side effects include sincerity, earnestness
and a thousand voices from your past 
telling you to lighten up. 

If you feel the urge to make a dick joke,
at any point, double the dosage, 
sit in a safe space 
and let this poem swallow you
until the numbness subsides.

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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