Creative Writing

CoolTan Arts offers ongoing workshops in Creative Writing and Poetry. Covering a wide range of themes and topics, students are encouraged to develop their talents and skills in a friendly environment. CoolTan have published two poetry books which can be found in our online CoolTrade shop. The poets have also done many public performances and collaborations around London including annually at The Globe.

My Greatest Memory

 

It was March of 1984, the spring term. It had started well. Julia and I got on nicely although we were never lovers or that close. We looked into each other’s eyes. That was very romantic but it never got better than that. She was ambitious and wanted to ‘get on with her life’ and I was just ordinary, with no clue what I wanted to do. We would bump into each other and smile shyly but then suddenly I didn’t see her around so much. She was clearly keeping to ground, involved in her new standing as college newspaper … Read More »

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The Incident in the Sitting Room

I was singing in my head ‘It’s got to be perfect’. The record was playing Eternal Flame. It was jumping. It wasn’t perfect. I picked up the record and broke it.

I looked for my wallet. It wasn’t there and I rang the police saying that there had been a burglary within my flat. Half an hour later three policemen arrived and frisked my coat and found the wallet. They looked into my bedroom and there was carnage everywhere, glass and mess. They phoned for more back up and seven more policemen arrived. I just watched unobtrusively not knowing what was … Read More »

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Interview with Aaron Pilgrim about his new series of eBooks inspired by CoolTan!

Aaron Pilgrim, a long-standing participant of various workshops at CoolTan Arts, including poetry, visual arts and WordPress, recently published the first in a series of e-Books. Here he tells the story of how he came to create them with the help of other participants, tutors and staff at CoolTan. 

The story started in the Cooltan Arts poetry class around November 2014.  The poetry teacher called Isley said, “today we are going to write poems for children for a possible children’s poetry book.”  So I started to write a poem, and I wrote about a little girl seeing a glow from her … Read More »

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