Guest Blog: Word on the Street writing group

Since 2015, State Library of Queensland has partnered with Upbeat Arts (formerly School of Hard Knocks) to host the Word on the Street creative writing program. The group meets weekly at The Edge Mezzanine.

Word on the Street is a creative writing course that will helps participants find their voice on the page, Upbeat Arts delivers tailored arts and cultural programs, for artists and educators to work with marginalised communities, promoting social inclusion, positive mental health and overall wellbeing.

Meet the participants – Benjamin James Patterson

I’m 41 and am currently working on a series of short stories and a novel. I enjoy writing because I like to express feelings and my emotions.

I’ve been doing the writing group for roughly 18 months. The writing group is a good and friendly space and I enjoy hearing and sharing work.

THE RECEDING TIDE is a piece of writing that expresses the feeling of passing thoughts of contemplation in a fictional setting.

Benjamin James Patterson

The receding tide on the shores of contemplation, like thoughts racing to be in the whole of the churning sea.

I walk to and fro along the granuelled sand, a million glistening stars, bathed in sunlight. And my footprints sink and drown in the shared union of passing time.

Where am I headed, if not lost in conversation with myself…and the wind whispers of rain, the tears of Heaven and the fires of Hell below.

To think beyond thinking. To find the conscience of Gods and man.


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