One Minute Book Review – Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

Little Boy Lost begins at Christmas 1943 when poet Hilary Wainwright receives the news, brought by Frenchman, Pierre Verdier, that his three year old son, John, is lost somewhere in France. Hilary has only seen his son once, just after his birth, as he had to flee France following the German invasion. His wife Lisa, … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

One Minute Book Review – The Golden Age by Joan London.

The Golden Age is a Perth convalescent hospital for children recovering from poliomyelitis. Under the care of dedicated nurses and physiotherapists, the children are taught to use their limbs again and to gain the independence necessary for their return to the outside world. In this nurturing environment, cut off from their familiar lives with family … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – The Golden Age by Joan London.

Portraits of London Street Children from the Early 1900s

Images of poverty can easily be skimmed over when looking at old photographs but, for me, the sight of the children's bare feet is a visceral reminder of the reality of their lives. The photographer is Horace Warner (Spitalfields Nippers published by Spitalfields Life Books) Many more photographs can be found at Vintage Everyday: vintage … Continue reading Portraits of London Street Children from the Early 1900s

Short poetry

Free verse the sentinel stands guard her eyes searchlights seeking scurrying intruders her feline body silhouetted by the moon Couplet Discarded plastic bag floating in the river aimless, like a dead jellyfish. Quatrain The gusty wind tears at the ragged leaves, The roiling clouds are building in the west, The tousled birds huddle beneath the … Continue reading Short poetry