Melanie was lured into the hypnotic world of performance poetry, with the promise of cake at the Green Room. Now a fully fledged poetry junkie, she has been known to feed her filthy habit standing on street corners around Manchester, begging for "just a little rhyme, go on, you know you want to". Melanie's poem 'Afternoon with Pythagoras' was published in an anthology entitled 'Angel's Breath', available in December. She made her Australian debut in Sydney in August 2008 and was showcased at the Bolton Octagon in October 2008 by the beautiful writeoutloud and has since had guest slots at Stargazy Pie, Stirred and Manky Poets Melanie played the part of Jane, in her verse play Drowning Aristotle, along with the delectable Mr Rod Tame. The play won a 'Best of Manchester' award by City Life in July 2009. She also won a Northwest first prize in the 'Family Matters', in National adoption campaign competition in November 2011, with her poem 'Willow' Her first anthology 'The mythology of Trees' will be available late 2012
Harbour At Sydney harbour half the world away A school of fishermen assembles the rods the tackles the lines and reels the hi-tech fishing paraphernalia and the dead fish a young boy dangles a stick crafted with a kitchen knife to form a rod into the ocean He has tied a shoelace from his grubby boots to the end of his makeshift-rod double-knotted He straddles the shoreline as if the harbour was his own fishing-boat. He has seven freckles on his nose seven dark continents etched on his olive skin He tells me he has a half-eaten sarnie as bait and he grins In this moment I hope I hope though it flies in the freckled face of reason I hope that he catches a whale
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