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Wendy Young

I like to think of my poems as ‘misery with oomph’ taken from observations of life. I use poetry as a way of expressing my personality. I perform at various poetry events in London and have had a few poems published here and there. I am working towards publishing a book… or maybe two.

Posts by Wendy Young

Dear God – Can we have Razz back?

Last Wednesday evening 4th September 2019 saw an event celebrating of the work of Razz – the backbone of Survivor’s Poetry – at the National Poetry Library, London in the Royal Festival Hall Homage to Razz was an exciting, inspiring, entertaining and eye opening occasion. The  latter hyperbole (Razz may say hyperbollox) ...

Women Who Have Committed Suicide

The recent suicide of L’wren Scott appears to be overshadowed by headlines about Mick Jagger being her boyfriend e.g. ‘Mick Jagger says ‘’I will never forget her’’ and ‘Mick on stage in Australia when he hears the tragic news’.  Why would Ms Scott, a successful fashion designer with ‘A’ list ...

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The Joy of Performance – a celebration of local disabled artists

JOY is a disability strand to the annual Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Festival produced by Turtle Key Arts in partnership with the Lyric Hammersmith. Wendy Young went along on 5th June. Performance is a joy for the performer – even though it can be a nerve-wracking, laxative causing bundle of panic, ...

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Please don’t think I’m mad

Please don't think I'm mad That my eyes are staring it's just that i want to hear everything you say scared of distraction if i don't look at you - my mind wanders - i don't want you to think i'm unaware i value your time listening - talking i need to look into your eyes i know it's embarrassing - ...

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Our Future Selves – using objects from real life

Our Future Selves has teamed Daisy (Disability Arts in Surrey) with DAO (Disability Arts Online) in a series of creative writing workshops in resource centres across Surrey. On Monday 9 April Colin Hambrook and Wendy Young facilitated a creative writing workshop at Arts Matters in Redhill. The future is a topical ...

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Assessment Assassin

What more is there to say? It's all in my poem. It was one of those poems that invades your brain like a diatribe when walking furiously trying not to be late - in my case it was for an art class in a charity run centre for outsiders. Frantically trying ...

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Slappers! / 29 January 2016

The art of disabling a life, the art of stifling progression, the art of crushing is the job of the Slapper! Trying to follow the rules of the 'so what' theory in that I was advised to expand on depressing poetry by making it readable I managed to get this ...

Trolley Folly / 10 July 2015

Another 'bus home' scenario that make me smile, make me frown, make me want to write it down! Trolley Folly They could be friends Walk at same pace Instead the argue across the aisle ‘I had a hip replacement – nothing wrong with you’ He upright the three wheeled disabled walker updated zimmer man (not Robert but I ...

Wimbledon / 3 July 2015

Wimbledon I could plot my life Opportunities lost By Wimbledon Indolence won On a hospital tea room ragged seat I could have been with a Friday crowd Having fun being loud But the Men’s Semis Lured me on the TV In 03 Grateful for the difficult sec Who was mightily rude to me as a temp The agency said ‘go home’ Rather than money ...

Lee and Moody…two greats gone! / 15 June 2015

Just to record my feelings and memories of Christopher Lee and Ron Moody who lived to great ages and both died last week. I think they reached everyone with their charisma and performances! One sucked blood which could represent the present government and the austerity measures and the other resorted to picking ...

Back to School / 12 June 2015

Back to School The bullies never stop But this time I won't let it drop I must fight Disparaging bile 'You're the problem!' Spread by those who seem servile When it’s your face that doesn't belong Purging my wrath at Survivors Looking good and acting strong Performed primal screams, satisfying But vulnerability's not gone I shone for a while but  tears never stop 'Because I've been ...

Wendy Young

I like to think of my poems as ‘misery with oomph’ taken from observations of life.  I use poetry as a way of expressing my personality. I perform at various poetry events in London and have had a few poems published here and there. I am working towards publishing a book… or ...

Gory Tory / 8 May 2015

Mine eyes have the seen goriness Of the coming of the Tories Life now won't be so glorious It'll be just bloody tedious The government promotes shareholders and selfishness and greediness Thatcher's troops go marching on! C'mon everybody - chorus: Gory Tories will deceive us Gory Tories will deceive us Gory Tories will deceive us Thatcher's troops are marching on! Edit this blog...

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Wendy Young

Wendy Young began a poetry blog as well contributing reviews for DAO in 2013, following involvement with Survivors’ Poetry. She says: “Writing about life experiences through truth and humour is a survival mechanism. Any chance to express hidden darkness is a reason to live. Survivors' Poetry has been a lifeline, giving ...