Mick Yates was born in Blackpool and currently lives in Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria. He has worked extensively as a playwright and director and has had more than thirty plays produced at theatres across the country. His work has attracted many awards including an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First, a Time Out Award and a Benn Levy Award. He has also written for television, most notably for the BBC series Doctors. 'artefacts' his debut poetry collection, was a winner of The Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2014 and is published and currently available from Indigo Dreams Publishing (www.indigodreams.co.uk) and from Amazon.
lexicon as a child she played the game building words from cards when she was older her first tattoo spelt ed short for edward the name of her first lover a teddy boy and a biker their love would last forever or so it seemed at sixteen indelible he lost his norton on a bend with ed now dead she moved on to fred and a new tattoo little attention was required a couple of extra letters hey presto her new lover it was a sort of life with fred he left years later when he found her in bed with a lesbian colleague freda strange the hieroglyphics of love feeding the birds it was a small act of kindness at first a few crumbs scattered anonymously along the towpath their hunger fed my addiction though soon it was half a loaf then one two sometimes even three loaves at a time still they loved me and needed me i couldn't let them down but then it all turned nasty as acts of kindness sometimes do they became greedy always demanding more and now they stalk me down the street they pass messages to their friends concerning my movements they camp on my doorstep begging food and embarrass me in public if i refuse
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