Celia Harper

Congratulations to Celia Harper who directed a couple of London performances of the Requiem which she wrote in 2021 after the Covid deaths reached 100,000.

Sher wanted to intersperse some modern poems with the traditional Latin text and arrangements of spirituals to represent the many people of colour who died.

Another member of Dean Writers Penny Kerr wrote a wonderful touching poem Death Stole our Last Goodbye” which Celia set for two sopranos and an alto.

Here are the words:


Death stole our last goodbye

No touching hand, no meeting eye

Half hidden faces standing by

As you slipped away

Death stole our final days

No gentle parting of the ways

Who knows what vision held your gaze

As you slipped away

Death stole the chance to mourn

No standing close, but spaced, forlorn

No song on which you could be borne

As you slipped away

Death stole my very heart

Our bonded souls it tore apart

And swift and keen as any dart

It stole your life away

Penny Kerr

Below is the MP3 recording

When you have read the poem and heard the beauty of the voices if you haven’t wiped away a tear you are indeed hard-hearted.

Carol Sheppard

Congratulations on having your poem chosen by Wildfire Words for their On the Same Page project

Jane Spray

Congratulations on your poem being chosen by Wildfire Words for their On the Same Page project.

Cheryl Mayo

Congratulations to Cheryl who has been longlisted in Reflex Fiction’s winter comp. Non- prize winning longlisted entries are being published daily until the winner is announced on 20 February.

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