December Workshop with Anthony Costello

December found us all busily writing plays, albeit short ones, as Anthony led us in a great workshop. Who would have thought we could produce so many different, unique takes on a play with just two characters – Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

Anthony also had copies of his latest pamphlet for sale, Picture Mirror Wall, a sequence of ten poems reimagining Rilke’s and Mahler’s great themes of love, death and time through the expansive reflections in John Ashbery’s convex mirror.

Look out of it, these poems are exquisite

Marian Tonge, in memoriam

Marian Tonge passed away on 16th October 2019.

She was a stalwart member of TCWG and we wanted to commemorate her passing. What better way than to include here her own poem that was read at the funeral service.

Parting Memories

Your eyes are filled with hurt and pain,

I long to see them smile again

And wander with you through the woods;

We’d watch the burst of early buds

And see the bluebells carpet bloom,

Would hail the spring lamb’s frolic


To walk with you again the bower,

Where buttercups – the children’s flower –

In all their glory filled our eyes,

See kestrels soaring in the skies.

I know that on a day like this

The flowers still bloom with sun’s first kiss,

But at your bedside, all I see

Is suffering, pain and misery.

If only I could heal your pain,

If only we could smile again


Marian Tonge